Gift Wrapping Arsenal: Kraft Paper

August 10, 2009

Gift Wrapping Arsenal is a mini-series on the items I personally find essential for gift wrapping. As you’ll see throughout my blog, there is an emphasis on versatility, thrift, and style! For more, click the “Gift Wrapping Arsenal” link at the bottom of this post.

Our first apartment after we married was cute but compact, a little one-bedroom place here in Pasadena. It had a bright dining room window looking out into trees, hardwood floors, a purple accent wall left by the previous tenants and (big surprise) not much storage.

It was around this time that I decided to try using only one kind of paper for wrapping gifts. It seemed like a practical and economical move. Practical, because I’d only need to store one roll of paper. Economical, because a whole roll of kraft paper can be had for a buck at the 99 cent store! Take a look in the mailing supplies section.

Okay, so the rolls at the dollar store are a bit skimpier.

I personally like the neutral tone and feel of kraft paper, but it is definitely reminiscent of a grocery bag. So unless the recipient of the gift I’m giving is into:
a) an earthy, all-natural aesthetic, or
b) a minimal, no-frills look,
it’s a fun challenge to figure out how to dress it up.

Recent attempts have included:
– cutting images from Trader Joe’s bags to collage on the gift
– topping the box with a hand-sewn flower and paper leaves (more on that to come!)
– gluing a red heart from a roll of specialty paper on top

For its versatility and value, kraft paper definitely has a spot in my gift wrapping arsenal.


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