I've been having a lot of fun experimenting with it.
I had a lot of gifts to get ready to mail last week. Since there is probably lots of gift wrapping going on this week, I thought I'd give a few more details on how I did it. Wrapping gifts to mail can be tough because they often end up looking squished and it can be difficult to fit a bunch of boxes into another box for mailing and still keep the shipping costs down to a reasonable level. Because the Kraft paper is do thick and durable I've found that it provided enough of it's own structure that gifts didn't need boxes as much and I came up with several great ways to wrap "squishable packages" that would survive the trip.
There are so many ways to use brown paper wrapping that there's no one way to do it. Some things you'll probably want to have on hand though besides the Kraft paper is a glue gun, sewing machine, pinking shears, hole punch, fabric scraps, and string.
Here's one of my favorites. The Candy Striped Tube Wrapping. I had some gifts that were best wrapped in a roll. I started by wrapping the paper around them to create a roll.
Then I squished the ends...
If you run out of fabric before you run out of tube, don't worry. Just put a dab of hot glue on the back to hold it down.
Add another dab of hot glue on top, and continue wrapping with a second fabric scrap.
When you get to the end, squish your tube and sew it closed, catching the fabric strip in the seam.
And that's it...
As an alternative, you can hole punch two holes in the end, lace a bow through them, and tie.
And for a larger variation of the sewn brown bag, I used more holes, wove the fabric through, and knotted the ends.
One gift was wrapped in a little flat box, so I used a Yarn Wrap (inspired by one of the packages here.) For this one, I hot glued the yarn to the back of the box, wrapped it around until I was happy, and hot glued the other end to the back.
Edit to add...I've now posted the tutorial for those little packages with the wire and beads. Or this tutorial on how to use beads and wire as embellishment on smaller packages.
Before you know it, you'll have a big pile of creatively wrapped gifts...(more details on some of the others in another post...)
And because I was in a hurry to finish, I didn't print off cute tags for them. I also didn't want to ruin the by writing on them...so I wrote on the backs...baby steps toward classy wrapping right?
Dropped them into some boxes...
And my sister, just posted how her gifts looked after being pulled out of the mail...so I'd say they held up pretty well.
And Katie has a lot of other neat ideas for brown paper wrapping, you can find her post about them here.