Looking for a simple, easy, inexpensive Christmas wrapping idea? You can make this diy wrapping paper idea in minutes from jute twine and book pages.

diy wrapping paper


Today is all about DIY wrapping paper made with book pages.



Before I recommend this playlist to you, let me state my credentials.  I am a Christmas song-a-holic.  I have dozens of Christmas playlists.  I have Hallmark radio on in the car.  I have the country Christmas station and the classic Christmas station and the big band Christmas station all on speed dial.  Wherever I go, I hum Christmas music to myself.

I’m a Christmas song expert.

I thought I knew it all.

And then the other day the twins and I were in Altar’d State.  It’s a beautiful store full of wonderful clothes that are even cuter when they are on sale.  I was in the middle of the dress aisle when I heard the most amazing music over the store’s loudspeaker.  I am an expert on Christmas music and I HAD NEVER HEARD these songs before.  It was like someone knew exactly what I wanted to listen to and put them all together on one playlist.  I found out the store has a playlist.

You can listen here on Spotify (get the free version).

I just downloaded the app to my computer (or phone or ipad) and have the songs playing in the background.

Merry early singing Christmas.

And now?

Let’s get wrapping with this simple vintage farmhouse book page DIY.

Christmas diy wrapping paper

farmhouse diy wrapping paper

I wanted to try something a little different for Christmas this year.

So I came up with this simple, easy, you-can-do-in-minute-while-listening-to-Christmas-music wrapping project.

It seriously takes minutes.

diy wrapping paper snowflake and craft paper

DIY wrapping paper for Christmas

1. brown craft paper

Start with brown craft paper.

I buy mine at WalMart (best price) back in the section where they have mailing products.

You can wrap an entire Christmas for $3.99.

I also found the cutest brown craft paper boxes at Hobby Lobby over in the gift section if you don’t want to wrap the packages.

2. wrap it

Wrap your package.

diy wrapping paper

3. cut out a tree

Next cut out a tree out of paper.

I went all old school and folded it in half and just cut out the leaves.

It’s an easy way to keep your leaves even.

4. Trace around the tree

Then I traced around the tree.

I used a black sharpie here so you could see the outline, but I’d recommend a pencil instead if you do the project.

I traced the entire outline and then cut it out.

5. Use double-stick tape

I used double stick tape to stick it to the top of the box.

And then I added a small snowflake and some jingle bells.

That’s it.

And now?

It looks like this.

But I didn’t stop there.

I made a reindeer.

And a stocking.

And a snowflake.

And a bell.

And a house.

The sky is the Christmas silhouette limit.

Whatever you can think up, you can cut out of a book page and put on the front of a craft box.

You can find tons of free Christmas silhouettes online.

Or it might be fun to cut out silhouettes of family members and put them on the front of the box, too.

Here’s to Christmas gifts that are simple and easy to make.

And the perfect playlist to wrap them to.

I also just put together a fun video on Facebook that shows 4 simple gift wrap hacks for all that scrap gift wrap paper.

You can see it here.

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  1. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    Remember you brought up the subject of music, Christmas. I have an ereader, and a notepad. Can I download your playlist to either one, or both? How would I do this? HELP! You would bring music into my quiet world.. I enjoy your blog and your family every day! Don't ever change

  2. Image for Susie | Chelsea Project Susie | Chelsea Project

    KariAnne... you have such an elegant touch. You are one of those super special gals who can make lowly brown paper and hand cut templates rise to high fashion. Looks like all of those designer papers need to just step aside. Thanks so much for sharing this hop with us.

  3. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

    Nan, It's so easy! Just go to https://www.spotify.com/us/ You can download the player (make sure you get the free version). And then? Here's the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3lHp7BzQn6XBFon0Fg5lrK Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help! Merry Christmas! karianne

  4. Image for Nancy at Adams and Elm Home Nancy at Adams and Elm Home

    This is so adorable! I love it! I have been having a moment with book pages lately too. I made a book page Christmas tree and love it. I am for sure adding some book page elements to my presents this year! Thanks for the inspiring idea!

  5. Image for Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap

    Okay I know we have never actually met but I just wanted you to know that we are best friends. Now. Ever since this blog post. We go way back!!! I'm listening to the playlist as I write this and so far I'm loving it! My cd player recently broke (read "got broken") so I've been missing all my Christmas music. Yes, I still listen to cds. Don't judge. This year I have been wrapping my presents in a red plaid paper and plain brown paper but something was missing. Now I know what was missing. Silhouettes. I'm loving this! Thanks so much for sharing, sweet friend. I mean bestie! :-)

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      I also listen to CDs. I prefer to think of myself as charmingly retro. It's all in the spin you put on things! KariAnne, LOVE the wrapping technique. I typically hate wrapping gifts but even I could pull this off!!!

  6. Image for Libby Libby

    I love this!!! If you have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, you could cut out all your silhouettes at once! I love the book pages, but you could also use a plaid wrapping paper to cut them out. OK, my mind is going crazy, gotta get wrapping!!

  7. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Love this Christmas playlist!!! Thanks for the new tunes ❤️ Great idea for wrapping this year. Something different and so simple 😊

  8. Image for nita nita

    Laura Daigle's....Noel. I was disappointed it wasn't #1 on the list! :) You're so creative and imaginative and I love that you share with us!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family....yes, I know it's still November but I've been saying it everyone even in the grocery! :)

  9. Image for Rebecca Francis Rebecca Francis

    You are so clever! I love the silhouettes!! I am going to make some of these. Thank you for the tip. Happy Holidays Girl!

  10. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    KariAnne, you are the inspiration queen. I love the idea of using book pages, but I want to go a step further and use sheet music! How about Jingles Bells with the little bells attached? Also how about I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas with the little snowflakes? Endless possibilities with all your favorite Christmas songs!

  11. Image for Gina Gina

    This reminds me of a friend's mom who is a songwriter. One of her Christmas songs was purchased by the company who provides elevator music!!! Then, one year we heard her song on the local news when they featured local decorated homes as the song was about Christmas lights!

  12. Image for Peg Peg

    These are SO adorable and thoughtful! Who wouldn't love to get a present wrapped as darling as these!! Love, love!!! xoxoxo

  13. Image for CoCo CoCo

    As always, you come up with the best and most creative ideas! I love these so much. Those cute little jingle bells just put it all over the top. I can't wait to make some for my friends and family too. I'll be pinning and sharing! Hugs, CoCo

  14. Image for Sue Sue

    Very cute gift wrapping! Your Christmas song list doesn't include one of my very favorite songs! "Driving Home For Christmas" by British musician Chris Rea came out in 1986, but it was apparently never released here in the States. An English friend first introduced me to the song about 10 years ago and now it's a favorite song in our household. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDt3u2Ev1cI

  15. Image for Crystal Crystal

    I've been wrapping with craft paper and white butcher's paper for a few years now and still love it. I dress my packages with velvet ribbon and old skeleton keys, locker tags, anything that's flat. I ship most of my gifts to my Bigs and the Littles and have always used the fronts of previous year's christmas cards but this year I'm gonna use YOUR idea! It's genius! I love it, especially if I can use up some of my old dictionary pages or pages from an old atlas! Thanks as always for the inspiration! I love Thistlekeeping!

  16. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thanks for the playlist! I also have several Christmas playlists :). Your gift wrapping hacks are so good. Love them! Thank you. Falalala lalalala

  17. Image for Holly Bullard Holly Bullard

    Cute ideas. I would love to purchase a silhouette machine. Is there one that you recommend? Did you purchase yours at Joanns ? Thank you

  18. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Loved these hacks! I’ll be mailing gifts to daughter #1 and husband, and the flat bow definitely caught my eye! Your video was so much fun - I wish I’d caught it live! 😘🎄

  19. Image for susan gorges susan gorges

    Hi, Great idea....I am thinking about using last years Christmas Cards for the cutouts, I think they will be big enough for the tree and the stocking.

  20. Image for Marie Marie

    Hi KariAnne, First of all I really love every thing you do and your wonderful home. Do you have a Dutch background? Because I saw your wrap paper which is from a dutch boek! Funny 😄 Waiting to read your next post. Have a merry Christmas! Greeting from Holland Marie

  21. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Or you could just let your daughter do it, as she has for several years, and love getting out of the job!!! Lol

  22. Image for Sonya Sonya

    I love what you did to take the brown wrapping paper to a new level and using such simple things. Enjoying that playlist as well. Thank you!!

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