I have opted for wrapping most gifts in brown kraft paper this year. It is a classic and minimal look. To keep the all brown packages from looking like the inside of a UPS truck, I have added special touches to bring the brown paper to life. For this project and the mini feed bag gift wrap I shared earlier this week, my secret weapon is scrapbook paper. Bright colors and bold patterns pop against the brown paper.
These large gifts came boxed. I planned to wrap them in brown paper bags from the grocery store, but first a little personalization. I wanted to add a simple monogram to each package. I could of simply glued a letter on top of the wrapped packages, but I though it would be more special if the letter was cut away from the brown paper allowing the scrapbook paper to show through.
To create the peek-a-boo monogram:
1. Cut the bottom off a brown paper grocery bag and slit the back seam to make a sheet of brown paper. I practiced wrapping the paper around the box to help determine the placement of the monogram. Place the brown paper printed side down on your work surface.
2. Print out an initial for each recipient. I used the American Typewriter font in bold. Tape the letter on top of the brown paper with masking tape. Using an xacto knife, cut out the letter. Cut through the printer paper and brown paper at the same time. Gently remove the masking tape.
3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the initial. Flip the brown paper over. Use a glue stick to apply glue around the initial. Place the scrapbook paper pattern side down on the glue.
4. Wrap the gift with your monogram paper. Make sure the monogram is exactly where you want it on the package before you tape. No gift tag required :)