December 15, 2017

Gift Wrapping Paper Made from Brown Paper Scraps

Are you amazed that this is already my second blog post in two weeks? Me too. It must be some kind of a Christmas miracle.

I haven't bought gift wrapping paper in a long time. Instead, I predominantly buy brown paper by the roll and add some embellishments, pretty ribbons and/or tags. I like the look of this paper and it works great in combination with all kinds of colors. Besides, it's a bit sturdier than most gift wrapping papers.


Last week I was wrapping some gifts and thought I had enough brown paper. You know where this is going. I had three more packages to wrap when I ran out of paper. I didn't have the time to get a new roll because the package had to be taken to the post office the next morning. What does a girl do when she runs out of gift wrapping paper? Exactly! She sews some leftover scraps together to create some sheets.



When I had reached the necessary paper sizes, I sewed on small scraps with stamped trees. My next idea didn't work out so well. I wanted to use my sewing machine to add some silver stars but even though I used a special needle for metallic threads, the thread broke.



I ended up stitching the holes by machine without thread and then running the thread through by hand. That was a bit more labor-intensive than I had planned but I didn't want to give up on the idea. I like how the paper turned out.

Imagine how much wrapping paper could be made out of all the scraps that we normally throw into the garbage! Even paper scraps in different colors and with different patterns could become pretty, patchwork-style, one of a kind gift wrapping paper.


Have you wrapped your gifts already?

My upcycled gift wrapping paper will join these parties:

Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
A New Life at Rostrose
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time

24 comments:

ULKAU said...

Oh ja, ich staune und freue mich, liebe Julia - monatelang gab es nichts zu Gucken bei dir und jetzt gleich 2x nacheinander!
Wunderbar veredelt hast du das Packpapier hier, so hübsch und festlich mit den weißen Tannenbäumen. Besonders gefallen mir aber die Nähmaschinen-Nähte, wirklich sehr dekorativ!
Dieses naturfarbene Packpapier liebe ich auch sehr, es ist so schön stabil und lässt sich so vielseitig einsetzen.
Auch ich bin gerade beim Pakete packen... sie sollen möglichst morgen noch in die Post...
Beste Grüße Ulrike

Dorthe said...

Oh Julia, this is so beautiful, my dear friend. A most fantastic idea, and so lovely looking. The tree stamps, and your sewed silver stars are the most gorgeous finish, and I totally love you sewed the remnants together, to form a whole sheet.
Lovely to see you here already again, Julia,-
Sending you love, and hugs.
Your Dorthe

Chris Lally said...

Julia, you have elevated handmade paper to a new level. These are beautifully unique! And I love the nod to the idea of recycling.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.
Kind regards, Chris

Nancy Andres said...

Wonderful idea and so eco-friendly. Happy Holidays. Nancy Andres @ wwww.colors4health.com

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Die Idee ist ungewöhnlich und großartig und ich bin begeistert wie Dein Geschenkpapier letztendlich aussieht ist GRANDIOS! Diese kleinen süßen Silbersternchen sind HIMMLISCH!
Ich wünsche Dir noch eine feine Adventzeit mit vielleicht noch mehr solch genialer Ideen und ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und schöne Feiertage falls wir uns nicht mehr lesen!
Gruß
Susi

Caren Gittleman said...

I just LOVE the look of plain brown paper wrapping with embellishments and I always forget to do that! Thank you for sharing! catchatwithcarenandcody

Junkchiccottage said...

Julia this is so awesome. How pretty you have made scraps of brown paper look. Love all the embellishments. Very earth friendly too. Have a great weekend. Have fun with the coming days ahead before the big day.
xoxo
Kris

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Thank you for this great idea! I use some brown paper for wrapping which I usually decorate with different stamps. I've been known to run out and use my brown grocery sacks turned inside out, and stamped on... or one store's bags have Christmas decorations on them, so I just let those be my decorated paper. I've also usesd fabric to wrap things in a pinch and I make fabric gift sacks that I usually have on hand... have also used a 12x12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper to wrap a smaller gift when I run out of anything else! I've even used white computer paper to wrap with, taped together to be the size I need, and used colored yarn for the ribbon. I like the idea of sewing scraps together! TFS Marilyn

Julie Nyanyo said...

what a wonderful idea, this looks fabulous. Very thrifty and creative.Pinning.

Michelle Leslie said...

If I could see one of your posts everyday I'd be happy Julia. You always come up with such unique, amazing things. Love the idea of sewing scraps of paper together to make a new piece of wrapping paper and I must have thrown tons of little bits away in the past. I'm literally kicking myself right now

tatjana said...

Liebe Julia,
die Packerln schauen wunderschön aus, sehr hübsch verpackt.
Ich wünsch dir alles von Herzen Liebe und einen schönen dritten Advent.
Alles Liebe vom Reserl

Mary Vitullo said...

I love personalized wrapping. This idea is amazing. Love it.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Can you see my jaw has dropped to the floor Julia. When I first saw this I thought you had drawn the stitching on. I had no idea it was real stitching. This is called taking gift wrapping to the level of art. So pretty your recipients will not want to open the packages so they don't ruin the paper.

Jeanie said...

I'm sorry you had the snafu along the way but the results are fabulous! Anyone would be thrilled to get a gift that looks so terrific -- and that was wrapped with creativity and love and time!

johanna said...

sehr clever, die reststückchen zusammenzunähen - und das sieht auch noch richtig klasse aus! ich finde auch das braune Packpapier in Kombi mit weiß immer wieder schön. und die aufgestickten Sterne machen sich auch toll, frau weiß sich zu helfen;)
hab eine schöne dritte adventswoche:)

white and vintage said...

Liebe Julia,
wunderschön schaut dieses Geschenkpapier aus. So edel und zart wirken die Päckchen. Packpapier verwende ich auch sehr gerne zum Einpacken von Geschenken.
Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie ein frohes Weihnachtsfest.
Liebe Grüße,
Christine

Jutta Gutsch said...

Liebe Julia,
mit Packpapier verpacken ist eine super Idee …
Wir feiern meistens zu 7 an Weihnachten mit allen Generationen …
Um die Geschenke zu unterscheiden, wäre es eine gute Idee nach deinem Vorbild, unterschiedliche Bilder aufzunähen …
Siehst du gleich rattert es in meinem Kopf …

Ich wünsche dir besinnliche Feiertage
Herzliche Grüße

Jutta

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Stitching is perfect and makes the packages so much more interesting....love this. I admit to making some stitched gifts so I caved and used some rather nice wrapping I found...something has to give and I wanted a relaxed two weeks up to Christmas. I'm baking instead. Hope you have a magical Christmas in case you don't do another blog post before the holiday. xox

Barbara Casillas said...

I like brown paper for wrapping gifts also. It has a very rustic and simple look. Stitching the smaller pieces together was a great idea and creates a cute design. Enjoy your Christmas.

denthe said...

what a great idea! Perfect for those little scraps, and it looks stunning too!

sheila 77 said...

Oh these are so good, Julia. The brown paper parcels with the stitched trees and stars are divine. They look so cool and elegant. Also to sew small pieces together - great idea. I have joined pieces with sellotape but that is not elegant. Also interesting is your idea to maybe sew ordinary wrapping paper bits together or use little bits of coloured paper to decorate the brown. So many ideas here. Still I love the brown parcels shown here with the white and silver.

Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia,
hab ich dir schon mal gesagt, dass du genial bist? Bestimmt habe ich das! Aber ich sag's dir jetzt einfach noch einmal! Dein Patchwork-Weihnachtspapier sieht einfach toll aus - es ist selbst schon ein Kleinkunstwerk und somit ein Geschenk. Ich würde es wie ein Bild rahmen. Ich hoffe, die von dir Beschenkten wissen deine Verpackungskunst auch so zu schätzen!!!
Was meine eigene Geschenkverpackung betrifft - hier wird kaum noch geschenkt und somit auch kaum noch verpackt. Wenn, dann verwende ich Papier, das ich aufbewahrt habe oder diese praktischen Geschenktüten, die dann auch immer wieder weiterwandern. Also lange nicht so toll wie bei dir...
Danke fürs Verlinken deiner tollen Beiträge bei ANL!!!!
Herzliche rostrosige Adventgrüße, viele Umärmelungen, ganz viele liebe Fellchenkrauler und wunderschöne Festtage
Traude
http://rostrose.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/island-kreuzfahrt-teil-14-zufallstag-in.html

Katrin@kreativk.net said...

This is so so beautiful Julia, what a great idea, I would have never ever thought of it! I love making my own wrapping paper, you are so clever! Wunderschön!

Poppy said...

You are such a savvy sewer/decorator/inventor, my dear Julia! This is amazingly resourceful and I loved reading about all the little light bulbs that switched on in your crafty mind to complete your task of creating pretty presents!

xo
Poppy