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holiday lights christmas gift wrap {a tutorial}

christmas gift wrap

This fall, Rachel of Lines Across launched Let’s Wrap Stuff, a website devoted to all things gift wrap related.

To celebrate its launch, Rachel challenged me and a select group of talented bloggers to come up with a creative gift wrap idea using plain kraft paper. Who doesn’t love brown paper packages tied up with string?

Check out my holiday lights tutorial, then take a peek at all 24 creative kraft paper gift wrap ideas at the end of the post!

I love getting my kids involved in wrapping our holiday gifts.

It’s fun for them and adds a personalized touch to our gifts. I shared a tutorial two years ago for my holiday lights gift wrap, and I wanted to update it for this year!

The how-to is fairly simple. Wrap your gifts in plain white or kraft paper…

christmas gift wrap

…and take a Sharpie or other dark marker to draw a string of lights.

christmas gift wrap

Using washable finger paints (craft paint is fine, too, just be careful so it doesn’t stain!), have your kids make thumbprints along the light strand.

christmas gift wrap

Let dry, then take your marker and add any finishing touches to the wrap.

christmas gift wrap
christmas gift wrap

Cute, huh? I really love how it turned out. LOTS of other kraft gift wrap ideas are below–take a look and check them all out!

gift wrap ideas

1. Pom Pom Ice Cream Cone Gift Wrap by Let’s Wrap Stuff

2. Embroidered Wrapping Paper by Lines Across

3. Holiday Lights Gift Wrap by Burlap and Blue

4. Printable DIY Watercolor Gift Tags by Dawn Nicole

5. Chalkboard Painted Wrapping Paper by The Winthrop Chronicles

6. Let it Snow Neighbor Gift Printable by Ginger Snap Crafts

7. Upcycled Cardboard Gift Tags 3 Ways by Eat. Sleep. Make.

8. Kraft Paper Gift Card Envelope Printables by Delia Creates

9. Make + Give Christmas Tree Gift Topper by Make and Tell

10. DIY Wrench Wrapping Paper by Maker Mama

11. DIY Stamped Trees Gift Wrap by Shaken Together Life

12. Brown Paper Packages by Delineate Your Dwelling

13. Yarn Tassel Gift Wrap 2 Ways by Hands Occupied

14. Holiday Writing with Washi Tape by Club Chica Circle

15. Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags by The Thinking Closet

16. Coffee Container Christmas Gift Tags by Simply Kelly Designs

17. Gift Wrapping Ideas by C.R.A.F.T.

18. Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by Making Home Base

19. Sewn Brown Paper Gift Card Gift Giving by Dream a Little Bigger

20. Chalkboard Gift Tag & Ornament by Tried and True

21. Easy Holly Ornament Gift Tag by Rae Gun Ramblings

22. Printable Hand-Lettered Christmas Tags by Persia Lou

23. Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas by Eighteen25

24. Washi Tape Christmas Tree Gift Card Box by That’s What Che Said

Super cute, right?

Bonus points for saving money on your wrapping paper (kraft paper is so inexpensive!), and for putting a smile on the faces of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone else who receives one of these adorable creations.


Wednesday 10th of December 2014

So cute! I love how it involves the kiddos too. I would want to totally keep that wrapping paper afterwards!

Rachel (Let's Wrap Stuff)

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I love how this turned out! I love getting kids involved in the wrapping/gift giving process and this is such a fun way. Thanks for being a part of the series!


Tuesday 9th of December 2014

This is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

heather meads

Monday 8th of December 2014

I like using brown paper too - thanks for your ideas, they all look great!

Justine Y

Monday 8th of December 2014

That is such a cute idea! I love wrapping gifts :) Brown paper like that is my go-to choice for gift wrapping!