by Jessika Hepburn,  O Happy Day Handmade

Finding images for last week’s post by Jacqui Miyabayashi about getting your small business ready for the holidays inspired me to think about revamping my holiday packaging this year. While I am all about going big, sometimes simple is best, and brown paper packages are the perfect example. I love how such a humble, organic material can be transformed with a few handmade touches. Changing a piece of brown paper into a perfect package that can be elegant, modern, playful or anything in between.

The top two pictures above of supplies and the sweetest brown paper packages ever are from decor8’s amazing blog, the bottom two featuring a creative fabric tag/card are via Lockette on Flickr. These images will be my inspiration this year for my holiday order and personal gift wrapping. All of the things needed are ones I think any well stocked craft room should have close at hand: brown paper, buttons, twine, tags (or the fixings to make them) and ribbon. Some of my all time favorite things!

If you are as into wrapping gifts as I am these finds will likely make you need to go craft a gift right away-just so that you can wrap it up!

1. Screen printed gift tags from katieblairdesigns are a simple way to dress up a nicely wrapped present.

2. Little Mo and Friends wrapping paper has adorable illustrations hand stamped on recycled paper.

3. You can’t have brown paper packages without the string and Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics is always my go-to.

4. Just in case you need a reason to wrap something up all pretty right now, I have included this set of acorn address labels and seals by packagery for fall gifts.

Happy wrapping!

Jessika Hepburn

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Jessika Hepburn has written 579 posts on Oh My! Handmade Goodness. A cheerful activist and community matchmaker I delight in using my connection superpowers to bring makers and entrepreneurs together in ways that lift us all up. I believe in cooperation over competition, relentless good cheer as an act of rebellion, and the power of using our hands to craft a brilliant future. OMHG is part social enterprise, part grand experiment, and all goodness-so pull up a chair or pitch in a hand to join in creating our supportive community!
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  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/NavyBlueNotes Kathy {Navy Blue Notes}

    I couldn’t agree more! These images actually have me looking forward to the madness of the season!
    Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

  • heather

    i LOVE the acorn tags! they’re fantastic. simple prints can be so amazing.
    it makes me think of this underwear:


    and schoolyardstudio is another small independent business (canadian too!).

  • http://bumpkinbears.blogspot.com/ Bumpkin Bears

    SO beautiful. I love wrapping up gifts and these are just totally charming.

  • http://theyearofnoclothes.blogspot.com ClaireyFairey

    These are really beautiful. I used brown paper and recycled ribbon last year, everyone was really impressed and even I was surprised by how effective it was. This year, as always, I have carefully folded up any nice paper from presents I was given, to re-use throughout the year!