Brown paper and ribbon

(35 Posts)
Penguinbeaver Sun 02-Dec-12 12:34:43

Thinking of doing this for gift wrapping this year with either candy cane, holly sprig, cinnamon sticks but where's the best places to buy the brown paper and oodles of nice ribbon?

lastSplash Thu 06-Dec-12 21:20:08

I wonder if melting a crayon would work as well as sealing wax?

bedmonster Mon 03-Dec-12 19:43:06

I thought I was alone in my geeky love for wrapping! Love brown paper with really bright wide ribbon and skinny contrasting ribbon on top. Also love the tartan look on the brown paper. Always but my paper at the post office. And the doilies look pretty too.
Old stamps lined up look really cute, raffia stringy stuff, twine with buttons and beads threaded on all look lovely.
I do it for the kids too, don't care if they appreciate it or not, I enjoy it blush

Thanks, OhLimp.

Lancelottie Mon 03-Dec-12 15:24:19

Added advantages for us:
DD loves the ribbon nearly as much as the contents
and the guinea pigs can go mad with the brown paper!

though my good intentions usually run out after the sixth or so present and we resort to cheapo Santa paper instead

OhlimpPricks Mon 03-Dec-12 15:19:53

You will most probably find sealing wax in an independent stationery/art shop. They sell it in ebay in many colours. WH Smiths used to sell it, they may still. In London, Liberty, John Leiws Harrods etc all do it.

mammamoomin Mon 03-Dec-12 14:52:48

I'm doing brown paper this year with either black or gold ribbon which has been printed with the winter wonderland lyrics on one and we wish you a merry c
Christmas on the other....

My friend does personalised ribbon which is always a hit with all....

I sometimes feel 'why do I bother' but I get a lot of joy out of making things look pretty so that's a good enough reason for me smile

HenriettaTurkey Mon 03-Dec-12 11:33:18

Thanks Trixy!

OhTheConfusion Mon 03-Dec-12 09:13:15

This year we are (oh hahahaha, as if DH helps to wrap!) using brown paper (wilkinsons) and a mixture of red and white ribbons and twine. I got really pretty (20 in a pack) gift tages from poundland.

I attach a small felt decoration onto each persons 'big' present.

trixymalixy Mon 03-Dec-12 09:07:37

There's loads of free printable sheet music online.

HenriettaTurkey Sun 02-Dec-12 23:16:59

Where can you buy affordable sheet music?

Solo Sun 02-Dec-12 23:10:21

Oooh! pretty! where do you get the brown luggage tags?

Those luggage tags look great with a shape puched out of them.

Snowflakes?

Solo Sun 02-Dec-12 23:06:59

<Feels like I'm leaning toward wasting my effort wrapping up all beautiful like again! wink

MyNutcrackerSuiteAudrina Sun 02-Dec-12 22:38:52

I've used brown paper and sheet music and twine this year with the addition of little jingle bells too.

The sodding Elf on the Shelf stuff was done like this and you're not wrong, what a waste for the DC!

However, I will still reserve it for extra-special presents. I bought candy canes today. What do you do with them?

Hobbycraft brown paper roll is 8m for 3 quid, buy three for two, so works out 2 quid a roll - also I get red wool from the poundshop, candycanes and holly (ouchy!) and luggage tags, use a stamp to decorate the luggage tag.

Looks Lurvely. Only gutted that it only sits under the tree on xmas eve now, as DD knows all about santa now so we need to begin the mystery of it arriving on xmas morning!

SorrelForbes Sun 02-Dec-12 18:24:51

I'm doing brown paper (from Staples) with cream ribbon (eBay) and thin gold ribbon (Dunelm) stuck over the cream ribbon. I'm using brown luggage tags as gift tags.

One year I did layers of Christmas carol song sheets on top of the brown paper and underneath the red ribbon - very cute.

I adore red gingham. In fact, I adore gingham full stop - but I look like a milk maid if I wear it, so maybe present wrapping is the way to go with it.

LexieSinclair Sun 02-Dec-12 17:25:36

I am doing this with luggage labels and red gingham ribbon from a haberdashery. Home Bargains have candy canes for 79p for a pack of 10 at the moment.
There are lots of good ideas for wrapping on Pinterest. I like the idea of putting a white paper doily between the brown paper and the ribbon - looks a bit snowflakey. smile

chicaguapa Sun 02-Dec-12 17:19:01

Proper ribbon tied in a bow looks much better if you're going down the brown paper route, Everyone does curling ribbon. Brown luggage tags for the labels look nice too, especially the smaller size ones. You can buy on eBay.

Using double-sided sticky tape makes a huge difference in appearance too.

There's loads of ideas/ tutorials on YouTube including how to make little gift bags and tie with ribbon at the top. Especially good for small presents, scarves and the like.

LOVE the sealing wax idea - where does one buy sealing wax?

hermioneweasley Sun 02-Dec-12 17:03:54

Ooo, I like the IKEA idea! Aldi have brown packing paper at the moment. Ribbon from hobbycraft or ebay

noddyholder Sun 02-Dec-12 17:00:03

Brown paper and tartan ribbon looks lovely

OhlimpPricks Sun 02-Dec-12 16:59:16

Ikea have those wrap and pack stands with 100 m rolls of brown paper.....must wrap that rolled up doormat carefully in lots of layers. I tie mine with string, like old fashioned parcels, and use parcel tags for gift tags. When you go to the post office, pick up loads of free stickers; airmail, special delivery, recorded delivery etc and put them haphazardly all over the parcel. Buy a stick of sealing wax for £1 melt it over the string, and press down with a fancy button before it sets. Just like a legal seal. You may as well watch The Sound of Music as you wrap, as you'll be humming 'brown paper packages tied up with string'

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