Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Better Late Than Never (DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping)

DIY gift tag cut out from an old cookie tin container

This year I tried brown paper for gift wrapping and am addicted to it.  Supplies that look cute with brown paper are:
jute twine
red or brown gingham ribbon
golden ribbon
small natural twigs (I used juniper from our backyard)
parts of old wreath
bright beads especially star shaped
old Christmas cards (for gift tags, optional)
old (empty) tin cookie container with holiday design (for gift tags, optional)
file or sandpaper to file the sharp edges of your tin tags

go super simple with just jute twine and star shaped beads

two types of golden ribbon, juniper and a tag made from an old Christmas card

recycle parts of an old wreath (fake leaves and berries from an old wreath hot glued to the wrapped gift)

And finally my favorite of all... decorate with tags cut out from some old Christmas cookie tins.  Using tin snips I cut out tag-like shapes and sanded the sharp edges for safety.  Punch a hole with a regular office hole punch.  Paint marker writes well on tin (perhaps, Sharpie works as well). 

recycle old cookie tin containers to make pretty gift tags
red and white check ribbon, jute twine, juniper and DIY tin tag
paint marker writes well on tin

Happy New Year to you all!!


  1. Maya, what a great idea with the pictures from the cookie tins!
    Thank you so much for the idea!
    I hope you and your family had the greatest holidays)

  2. This is so beautiful ! Your gifts must be very appreciated !
    Have a happy 2013 !

  3. i use borwn paper all the time...i add a snip of my christmas tree and even add a cinnamon stick.

    love the cookie tin tags!

    happy new year!

  4. Lovely ideas! I'll have to remember these for next Christmas.
    I like using brown Kraft paper for gift wrap.

  5. Thanks for your kind thoughts and for dropping by my blog.

    I love gift-wrapping, and think the brown paper/sprigs/ribbon combinations are so much more creative than the glossy printed wrapper kinds. Like you, I often recycle bits and bobs to tie onto ribbons. Great post!



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