Wednesday, December 19, 2012

6 day Countdown - Creative Holiday Wrapping

One of my favorite materials to wrap presents with is old fashioned brown parcel paper. It's a sturdy, durable paper that doesn't rip easily. You can find brown parcel paper easily in supermarkets, hardware and stationery stores at 1/4 the cost of the more traditional paper available. Save your  pretty fabric and upholstery trims for decorative embellishments.

 How pretty brown paper appears mixed with red and silver touches! 
Photo by Michael Partenio

Using brown paper allows your decorative touch to take center stage. Favorite pretty ribbons mixed with cuttings from your garden create a traditional Christmas look inspired by nature.

Fasten kumquats and dried fruit slices into the pretty mix of naturals.
Photo by Michael Partenio

My good friend and creative inspiration, Joanne Palmisano, author of  'Salvage Secrets' and, loves the salvage concept and uses brown paper bags for her holiday wrapping.  Joanne adds paper doilies and found objects to create hand-made stencils for a personal touch. 

How wonderful this snow-flake pattern appears against the brown paper!  
Photo: courtesy of; photo by Joanne Palmisano

Wrapping Christmas presents may not be your favorite event, but creating your very own wrapping paper will make it memorable and fun!

Joanne Palmisano
Author of Salvage Secrets
Published by W.W. Norton & Company New York * London


  1. Karen, I love the holiday wrap. I'm always looking for new ways to decorate gifts.

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  2. I love the kumquats and dried fruit slices with the brown paper. That colorway is gorgeous!

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