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Easy Homemade Word Wrapping Paper

We love eco-friendly ways to give gifts and save money. We just finished making DIY leaf print wrapping paper last week and just wanted to keep going. Here is an extremely easy homemade wrapping paper idea you can customize with your saying or word.

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Why use brown paper bags?

  • It will save money.
  • Recycle/repurpose what you already have.
  • Better for the environment.

Yes, you can buy butcher paper and get a flatter surface to start with. However, you know we love repurposing and upcycling furniture and other household items.

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How To Make DIY Word Wrapping Paper

Step 1: Cut Open The Bag

brown paper bag opened up with parts cut off.

Step 2: Use Gold Paint Marker

Repeat a word or words diagonally across the paper with a paint pen. Don’t worry about making the writing perfect. That is the joy of repetition!

gold paint pen writing Merry on brown paper bag for easy homemade wrapping paper

Step 3: Continue Writing Across The Whole Page

merry repeated in gold marker across opened brown bag paper.

Step 4: Wrap the gift.

Where can I buy gold paint markers?

Our favorite brand is Sakura. Sharpie does make a version but we really like the paint pen markers. They can be a little expensive so here are a few places you can check the prices before buying.

Trust me, paint pens come in handy for all sorts of DIY projects (did anyone say wine bottle photo holders)?

Ideas for DIY calligraphy wrapping paper

  • Name of recipient
  • Holiday word (we used Merry)
  • Word to describe the recipient
  • Favorite saying
  • Favorite song lyric
easy homemade wrapping paper ideas
You can also make super easy DIY polka dot wrapping paper as seen above.

Related Holiday DIYs

We just love how easy our homemade wrapping was to create!

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Cheap DIY Word Gift Wrap Idea

Learn how to make this simple and easy DIY wrappnig paper.
Print Tutorial
DIY wrapping paper wrapped on box in front of Christmas lights.
Prep:2 minutes
Active Time:3 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes



  • Cut bag open to have a large piece of paper.
  • Use a gold paint marker and write a word repeated across the page.
  • Wrap gift normally.
  • Optional: Add twine, ribbons or other gift wrap ideas.


You can create these with a variety of sayings or personalized messages. 

How to Recycle Brown Bags Into Gift Wrap

  1. Remove handles.
  2. Cut down the side seam
  3. Cut the bottom rectangle off.
  4. Open the bag.
Author: Erin Nutter
Cost: under $5

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