Easy DIY Brown Paper Packages for Your Holiday Decor

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Create gorgeous, DIY Christmas décor with these brown paper packages. We teach you how to spice up your ordinary holiday gift wrapping with these key trips and tricks. Let’s get started.

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brown paper packages with red ribbon and holly

Someone mentions “Brown Paper Packages” and I immediately start singing Julie Andrews’ famous song, “Brown paper packages tied up with strings….these are a few of my favorite things!” And it’s true. For those of us who grew up before the era of Fed Ex and Amazon deliveries, the Post Office used to deliver brown paper packages tied up with string. For Julie and I, these packages of our childhood were sent from our grandmother. They were filled with handmade clothes (twin clothes) wrapped in tissue paper and made with love.

The classic look of packages wrapped in brown paper may or may not conger up sentimental memories from your childhood. But they still offer a simple, old-fashioned foundation from which you can springboard in endless creative directions.

brown paper packages with holly and red ribbon close up

cute wooden caddie to organize your wrapping supplies

Traditional Brown Paper Packages

To begin, I wanted to create a traditional look. Therefore, I used burlap and red striped ribbon and just a sprig of holly berries. These elements represent a traditional Christmas and look great with my decor theme I’ve chosen this year.

brown paper packages with red truck and trees

I added a vintage inspired ornament, a pickup truck filled with Christmas trees, for an extra fun detail.

tags and stamps for DIY gift wrapping

Romantic Glam Brown Paper Packages

Stamps make it easy to make your own personalized wrapping paper. With silver ink and a fleur de lis stamp, I created a bit of glamour for our not-so-glamorous brown paper. A white satin ribbon and a metal “Love” tag and all of a sudden basic brown gets a romantic, personalized “updo.”

polka dot stamps and DIY tag

Polka Dot Fun with Brown Paper Packages

Using some craft paint from my children’s craft supplies, I made my own polka dot wrapping paper in about one minute. I want to show you how easy it is to look around the house and use whatever craft supplies or materials you can find. Using your creativity, you can easily make over your basic package to fit the gift, occasion, and recipient. Personalizing your packages is a great way to show you care.

craft paint for DIY stamps

paper hearts for DIY tagsVintage Inspired

First, paper hearts made from old book pages. Next, tie it up with some red and white string. Finally, add a little bundle of flocked pine cones with evergreens. The result is a unique, personalized package with rustic, nostalgic charm.

For more DIY Christmas wrapping ideas, check out Mostcraft’s post on DIY gift wrapping ideas to make your gifts really pop under the tree.

paper heart packages and pinecones


green-and-neutral-package with dog and greenery

Rustic Nature-Lover’s Idea

Raffia tassels and some faux green garland are the perfect accents for this rustic nature-lover’s package. Adding a Christmas ornament that fits the theme is one of my favorite ways to make any gift a little extra special.

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Brown Paper Packages. No matter your theme or decor style, Brown Paper Packages are the perfect way to start your own holiday traditions. With a little creativity you can create personalized gifts that still hold a bit of that nostalgic magic of yesteryear. At the risk of dating myself, yet again, I guess I do.

For more holiday DIY inspiration, read our post on how to make an adorable, homemade Christmas advent calendar.

Here are a list of useful materials that I used and you may like to have on hand.


Red & Burlap Ribbon

Red & Neutral Stripe Ribbon

Green leaf Ribbon

Brown Wrapping/Craft Paper


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Enjoy and Have a Wonderful Holiday Season.

jodie & julie

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  1. Patti says:

    The wrapping is so cute, I especially love the heart gift tag as well as the tiny garland with the dog! Adorable

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Patti! You are so sweet and kind! We love that you enjoyed our holiday wrapping ideas. We are even more grateful that you sent a generous reply. We just love hearing from our readers…it makes it all worthwhile. With blessings and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  2. Summer says:

    This year I chose to wrap our gifts in brown paper and made different color bows to go on them! I love the old fashioned look of it and the simplicity!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Summer, Obviously great minds think alike! We love that you had a similar idea as we did. We too love the old fashioned look and the simplicity. Jodie and I so appreciate your joining us on our blog and your sweet reply. It makes it all worthwhile. Merry Christmas to you and your family. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie

  3. Kim says:

    I can’t lie, I’m a brown paper package fan of any holiday! I think it adds the perfect touch to dress up any gift.

  4. Melissa says:

    I love brown paper. I use it as a canvas and draw on it with black markers and fine liners. Every holiday or occasion has its own images and suitable art work. My mom is usually more impressed with the wrapper than the little chocolatey gift inside

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Melissa, We love it. Of course your mom is more impressed by the paper! This is how we add our personal touches to the gifts we give, and we aren’t surprised at all that your paper artwork is loved by those who receive. Keep enjoying your creations and your loved ones will keep enjoying their gifts we’re sure. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  5. Sharon says:

    These ideas are adorable! Can you source your burlap and red ribbon?

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