Christmas Countdown 2: Brown Paper Wrapping and Glitter Name Tags


Pinterest got me loving the idea of wrapping Christmas presents in decorated brown wrapping paper this year.  I had imagined doodling all over my neatly wrapped packages with white pen.  Sadly, my only white paint pen had decided to dry up and I failed to find a white sharpie in any of my local craft stores.  I made do with a red paint pen and good old white acrylic paint and a paint brush instead, but the results aren’t as fabulous as I had originally imagined.  I’m still on the hunt for a white sharpie, but I’ll share what I’ve completed in the meantime.

No need for a how-to with this one, just doodle all over the paper and wait for it to dry then wrap.




Glitter name tag:

What you need:

  • A cut out letter (this one is for my brother because I’m sure he will never read this)
  • PVA glue and glue spreader
  • Glitter
  • Scrap paper to catch all the extra glitter
  • Hole punch
  • Colourful embroidery thread


How to:

1.  Print and cut out letter shape.

2.  Spread PVA glue all over the letter.

3.  Generously sprinkle over the glitter.IMG_2228

4.  Tap off excess glitter.

5.  Punch a hole for the string using a hole punch and string through colourful thread.

6.  Attach to present.


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9 thoughts on “Christmas Countdown 2: Brown Paper Wrapping and Glitter Name Tags

  1. OMG. This is an adorable idea! I might try and do this, but it would ache my heart to see people easily tear off my delicately-detailed brown paper just so they can see their presents inside. I’ll keep this in mind! ALSO… do you make your own boxes?

    • That’s why you cover the beautiful wrapping in plain wrapping paper That way, their first present is unwrapping the beautiful work you’ve done!

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s a lot of fun to do.

      I usually just wrap presents in old boxes that I have lying around so people can’t guess what they are getting from the shape of the package.

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