DIY Vintage Postal Gift Wrap

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If you ever wondered what it’s like go Christmas shopping with the Shaver Three, allow me to demonstrate with a vocal rendition:  I’m in a store and I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing! I’M IN A STORE AND I’M SINGING!  Yeah, we’re those kinds of people.

And this weekend, we made it official…Christmas decor is in da house! Since it’s mid-November, I only feel slightly guilty saying that.

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With over 20 friends and family members coming for Thanksgiving and several Christmas home tours coming up, it only seemed right to knock it out ahead of time.

And while we were wrapping ourselves up in garland and untangling massive knots of twinkle lights, I got cracking on the little bit of gift wrapping I needed to do for a sneak peek on what’s to come.

Ever since I became “Santa’s secret helper elf” when I was 7 years-old, I’ve always gone all out in the gift wrapping. I used to curl ribbon with my elementary school scissors and grin ear-to-ear about it. (My dad still enlists me every year to help him with my mom’s presents…bless.)  There’s something extra special about being handed a box with pretty, thought out wrapping, even if you do later find out there are gym socks inside.

So when Scotch® asked me to whip up a little Christmasy gift wrap, I was more pumped than probably most people should be about it.

I found all of the tape I needed in the scrapbooking aisle of Walmart, if you’re a gift wrap fanatic too.

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By the way, I’m usually the mom trying to convince her three year-old in the cart that she does not, in fact, need every piece of Frozen merchandise in the store. I grabbed the rolls of tape I needed to prettify my gift wrap, and I was outta there.

Since I love sticking to rustic vintage Christmas decor every year, I thought it would be perfect to create some DIY vintage postal gift wrap.

Here’s what I used:  (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

  • Brown shipping paper
  • Scotch® Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape (I used the red glitter and silver glitter rolls.)
  • Jute twine or baker’s twine
  • Vintage stamp printables on white cardstock (I used these from Vintage Fangirl and this one from The Graphics Fairy.)
  • Postal rubber stamp
  • Red stamp pad
  • Greenery clippings (optional)

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For several years now, I’ve wrapped pretty much all of our Christmas presents in brown shipping paper and added my own embellishments with washi tape. Mainly because I love the look, but also because it’s inexpensive and great to use year-round. I don’t have rolls of Christmas paper that I have to store at the end of the season either.

The downside is it doesn’t always hold well with regular clear giftwrap tape, so I use Scotch® Double Sided Tape. Plus, the double sided doesn’t show. You can keep a lookout for the new green packaging for the Create line of Scotch® tape too.

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Once I wrapped my box in the brown paper, I placed my Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape where I wanted in a grid. I went with the silver glitter and red glitter tapes, but there are lots of cute styles of washi tapes to change things up and use on whatever project you want.

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And I just cut out the vintage stamps I printed on cardstock from my computer. Aren’t they cuuuute?

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I used more Scotch® Double Sided Tape to stick on the back of the stamps I cut out.

(Side note: Can you totally tell I cheated by throwing down one of my old photography backdrops to wrap my presents? Our house was in mid Operation: Deck the Halls at the moment and it wasn’t a pretty sight just yet.)

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Once I placed my printable stamps, I added a little embellishment with my rubber stamp.

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I took several feet of jute twine to wrap around the box over top of the washi tape and tied it in a bow.

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I stole some clippings from a few bushes in our front yard for the final finishing touch. Might as well, right?

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Done! I can’t wait to tuck these babies under our tree once it’s all decorated.

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I’m sure you’ll be seeing our gifts on display again for a few Christmas home tours coming up…after we devour our weight in turkey, of course.

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You can see more craft amazing project ideas here…ya know, if you get into a Buddy the Elf craft mode like I usually do.

Are you DIY gift wrap fanatic too or more of a stick-it-in-a-bag-and-be-done kind of person? Probably this year, with our now three year-old running around, half of my DIYing and decorating will be undone, but I have to admit…being a parent at Christmas is even more fun than being a kid.



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  1. I just put my gift wrapping post together as well. Started with the butcher paper and embellished away! Wrapping is more fun than shopping for gifts for me! So many possibilities! Cute gifts!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! Even if it’s something totally lame inside, at least we can make it look pretty. 😉

  2. Very pretty Lauren, with much whimsey! It looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Too bad we don’t have any Walmarts here in Greece, I’d move in!! Come to think of it, they don’t have any in New York either. Am I not deprived or what??

    1. Oh my gosh. We have 5 Walmarts within 15 miles of our house. And all of them are always crowded. What’s up with that?!