DIY Gift Wrap- It's Simply Lindsay

If you’re looking to take a different approach to Christmas wrapping, why not try making your own DIY gift wrap? I really like the look of brown butcher paper and twine, so I decided to go with that look and put my own spin on this rustic gift wrap. I had a lot of fun personalizing the wrapping paper and decorating it, and I especially loved how affordable this project was!


  • Butcher/craft paper (brown and white): I bought these online at Amazon but also found them at the Dollar Store and the dollar section at Target.
  • Paint markers or Sharpies
  • Twine: I bought brown twine at the Dollar Store and the red and red and white striped twine at Target’s dollar section.
  • Bows

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DIY gift wrap


  • Choose your designs, such as repeated words, symbols, dots, lines, and swirls. Even if you don’t have the best handwriting or if you have no artistic ability, I promise the repeated images/words look very cool when it’s all wrapped.

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

  • You can play around with different sizes or see how mine turned out: With smaller wording, you can really read the text well, though it takes longer. The taller text makes a grand statement, and I like the use of blank space with larger words.

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

  • Measure the size of paper you will need per your present and cut the right size.
  • I chose to write on my paper at an angle, but you can feel free to play around with this.
  • Start writing or drawing! Have fun with it – don’t worry about making it look perfect.

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

  • When you’re finished, adorn your adorable gifts with twine, bows, ribbon, etc. I finished mine off with homemade gift tags stamped with the recipients’ names or initials, which will double as little ornaments.

My gift wrap designs:

Think of your own ideas for designs, and you can personalize it to fit who the gift is going to. I’ve also done this for a baby shower gift and wrote the words “I’ll love you forever I’ll like you for always as long as you’re living my baby you’ll be” and tied a small stuffed animal with a big ribbon.

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Here were some of my choices for last year’s presents:

  • Swirls
  • Hearts
  • Christmas trees
  • Ho ho ho Merry Christmas
  • Lyrics to Oh, Holy Night
  • Walking in a winter wonderland
  • Buzz your girlfriend…woof!
  • Ginny bells (a play on Jingle Bells for my daughter’s name)
  • I believe
  • I like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

It's Simply Lindsay gift wrap

You can also have your kids help you with designs, use paint, and colors! How would you customize your wrapping paper?