Wednesday, December 14, 2011

holiday wrapping with paper bags

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Last year it was book pages and this year I am using recycled brown paper bags for my gift wrap! Never underestimate just how far a brown paper bag will go in your holiday wrapping!

I've put together some VERY simple and easy ideas to inspire you to use brown paper bags in your wrapping-

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Any brown paper bag will do- I used a couple of Whole Foods bags.


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Use a white out pen and doodle all over the surface.


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Use it as gift wrap.


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Use the handles of the bag as a ribbon and bow.

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Use a sharpie and a white out pen to draw or doodle all over the surface- I drew snowflakes all over.

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Use to wrap your gift,


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and add some fun ribbon to top it off.


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Create flower gift toppers.


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Cut out a circle

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add hot glue to the middle and scrunch it up to create dimension.


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Layer circles on top of each other and then use scrunched up paper to the center of the flower.


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Add to the top of your gift.


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Play around with different shapes and sizes of flowers.


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I used lots of triangles and layered then on top of each other


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and added scrunched up paper to the middle.


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The possibilities are endless - get creative and challenge yourself to put those brown paper bags to use!

73 comments:

  1. I love the idea of using a correction pen to get a really strong white line. (BTW, I added this tutorial to random-tutorial.com)

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  2. Fantastic and so effective!

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  3. Very creative! I'm going out tomorrow and buy a correction pen. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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  4. You are amazing! This is too easy to do and quite beautiful! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  5. I have a humongous roll of brown butcher paper which I was planning to use this year. bought it at a yard sale for $3.00. Definitely going to use your idea for decorating them. I'll have to post a picture...though mine will never be as good.

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  6. Oh I love that packaging.... I've got some brown paper, and a trusty white paint pen.... I'm going to give this a go!

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  7. Amazing! Can't wait to try some for myself.

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  8. You know what I love... you take time and effort - it shows!!! Your work is lovely!!! Not kist one doodle on a piece of paper - you doodle the whole paper... it takes time and it looks beautiful... not just five petals on a star... twenty five!!! It takes time and it looks beautiful!!! You always inspire - thank you!!!

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  9. What a wonderful idea.

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  10. Fantastic! I love your ideas!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful gift wrapping! I do not like to wrap gifts and usually my husband does it. But I will certainly do snowflake and ornament doodling that you have shown here. Thank you for sharing this great inspiration! :-)

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  12. The art of recycling perfectly put into practice. Very lovely! :)

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  13. great! i love this and i have to try! thanks!

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  14. The most elegant wrapping I've ever seen. You blow my mind, lady!
    Peace~
    Dawn

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  15. These just look so elegant! You are so creative. I don't know how you find time with a new baby!

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  17. who would think of using a correction pen to paint with? You would and that is why I am here! Great idea, I went back to check out the book page post and those flowers would be cute on this brwon bag wrapping paper.
    Deb

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  18. I love this post! Mainly because I've been hoarding paperbags that it has taken up one large corner of a room and has slip slided into a huge mess!

    I hope to use this method to wrap presents soon... soon...

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  19. I like to create anything that can be made simply, but with elegant design. I would like to use what I have in a new way and to be able to give away. I do not want to imitate what is already the style out there, but infuse a freshness and a joy into what is created. You accomplish that!

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  20. oh wow! I love your bag paper...the snowflakes look so awesome!

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  21. Awesome wrapping ideas! The first is my favorite.

    I would absolutely love to win one of the 10 free spots in your class!! My favorite thing to create are mixed-media map paintings and map drawings!!

    All the best,
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  22. Love these ideas!!!

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  23. Wow these are fabulous!! You are so creative, love all your doodling.

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  24. continually astounded & amazed by the creative marvel of alisa burke! merry christmas super artist & new mom extraordinaire.

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  25. Oh the possibilities :) Love the correction fluid idea.

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  26. Barbara L.8:29 AM

    Great ideas and uses for the bags I just can't recycle just yet! Thanks and Merry!

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  27. I am SO HAPPY I just did a huge shop at Trader Joes!

    Of course, I have yet to buy any gifts....

    BRILLIANT
    but I am thinking your doodles are better than my doodles

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  28. Brilliant!! I am going to give it a try:)

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  29. Wow....and just how fabulous is that? I am using brown bags for an acient aboriginal art project....We have lots of left over paper....Perfect timing Alisa! So grateful for all the inspiration....

    Susan

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  30. What beautiful gift wrappings! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous "green" idea. Can't wait to start doodling my wrap.

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  31. Amazing !! All this and a newborn who just had her shots as well- You GO GIRL!!!!

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  32. absolutely fabuloas! It's amazing what you can do with a paper bag!

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  33. Love it. I did the same for our niece's birthday present a few months ago. Just some very simple flowers in white and turquoise. It was incredibly easy and looked lovely.

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  34. Thanks for the chance!

    I melt glass and like to make crazy pendants and funky oversized rings. I also totally love Sharpies but can barely draw a stick figure!

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  35. I actually started wrapping my gifts with cut up Trader Joes bags and glue dots earlier this week. I'm artistically challenged but this has been one of my better wrapping years. Just adding ribbon and a pretty tag makes the gifts look nicely wrapped and the thicker paper is easier to manipulate

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  36. great ideas, so quick and easy
    Lee:)

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  37. super, super cute...love em!

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  38. Really creative and inspiring! Love the look of the correction fluid pen on the brown paper bag.

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  39. I love to create collage art.

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  40. So very cool!! I just bought wrapping paper today but I might be returning it after seeing this :0)

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  41. So very cool!! I just bought wrapping paper today but I might be returning it after seeing this :0)

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  42. Awesome ideas! I love the idea of wrapping presents with materials that you already have on hand at home.

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  43. Alisa,

    I love these ideas. Thank you so much for sharing them. Linda E.

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  44. I just live to put my touch on everything I do !
    I sew,doodle, paint, collage, on anything I see daily!
    (even my truck) I news some direction!!!
    Love all your classes !!! Merry Christmas !!

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  45. i absolutely love your blog, your art, your classes. I am intrigued by your creative use of everyday items. What i love to create most is books with found/ recycled items and i also love creating watercolor paintings.

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  47. This simple awesome!

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  48. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! My favorite color combination..red, white, black and brown. And the PEN, YES!!!! TFS!

    ~Linda

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  49. great idea the bags are so pretty

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  50. great idea the bags are so pretty

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  51. great idea the bags are so pretty

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  52. Barbi D12:50 PM

    Beautiful!!

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  53. So clever and totally doable!

    Just found your blog and love it.

    Do pop by if you get a sec and say hi to my ceramic animal friends :-}

    Lorraine

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  54. these wrappings are already beautiful gifts! thank you for this (as always!) great tutorial and for sharing your good ideas again! i appriciate that very, very mauch!
    have a merry christmas with your family!
    elenor

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  55. I love your ideas. Thank you :)

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  56. Anonymous5:26 AM

    what a neat idea. this is too cute and to think using correction pen i love it. tfs rosey of nyc

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  57. Dear Alisa, I´m so happy I´ve found you, your blog is full of creative stuff, i love it !! your ideas are just great !!

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  58. muriel12:52 AM

    Fabulous! The wrappings are gifts in themselves! The correction pen is a great idea.

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  59. You are a master of making something wonderful from ordinary materials. So inspiring!

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  60. My kids and Isave bags for Christmas paper and usually painted and stamped on them with sponges and foam stamps... this is the twist we'll try this year... LOVE IT!

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  61. This is so clever! I did and my family loved it. (im 15) lol . I acually used a white sharpie paint pen. Beautiful!

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  62. This is very nice. The best paper bag wraps ever!

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  63. a very pretty idea...i hope i find time to make some wrapping like yours.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!


    doro K.

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