I like rustic. You know this! Whether it’s the ornaments I place on my tree or the way I decorate my home, rustic speaks my name. And so? I thought you might benefit from a quick overview of my favorite, 6 rustic wrapping paper replacements!
Wrapping Paper Replacements
Whether you like the idea of alternative gift wrap, are an eco-friendly individual, a frugal minded giver or someone who just ran out of wrapping paper, I’m willing to bet you’ve got at least one of these replacements on hand! Here’s the list of options we use in our home.
Option 1: Brown Paper
Brown paper is tough stuff that works well for wrapping gifts. You can use old grocery bags, paper sacks your bulk food came in or even something you’ve saved from the barn!
Add an artistic touch or two (see trimming options below) and you’ve got a lovely package ready to go!
Option 2: Tissue Paper
If you’re anything like me, you always have a bit of tissue paper on hand. Light though it may be, you can use it wrap gifts if you double or triple up sheets. A little bit of tape is all you need to finish the job!
Option 3: Make Gift Baskets
Square, round, dark or light, with or without a handle, the country girl in me LOVES baskets! Secondhand baskets aren’t hard to find and they’re especially suitable if you’re presenting someone with a collection of small gifts, like skincare items, an assortment of foods or anything else!
Option 4: Use Burlap
Burlap is versatile and can be used like paper, but instead of taping the ends up, bind them with yarn or jute twine. Giving someone a gift basket? Use burlap, instead of cellophane! If you’re handy with a needle, you can even create a small sack for the item you’re gifting.
Option 5: Pretty Fabric Scraps
Are you a seamstress or crafter? Don’t be afraid to use extra cloth as gift wrap! You can keep it simple, gathering and tying the cloth around your gift, or (like burlap) you can create a cloth bag for that special item.
Option 6: Newspaper for Man Gifts
According to my man, most fellas don’t care about prettily wrapped gifts. The only important thing is the item inside! So why not wrap his gifts with the flyers and newspapers that flood your mailbox, come Christmas? It’s a wonderful way to use them up! And if you feel that more chaos and color is necessary, add a bit of colored yarn or ribbon.
Trimmings for Your Packages
When it comes to these 6 rustic wrapping paper replacements, there are lots of trimmings you can add for a spot of color and beauty.
Consider using some of the following
- white lace ribbon
- colored ribbon
- jute twine
- strips of cloth from the rag-bag
- tree cones
- sprigs with winter berries
If you run out of paper this Christmas, if you’re looking for frugal alternatives or if you’re tired of the same old thing every year, I hope you’ll try at least one of these 6 rustic wrapping paper replacements!