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Farmhouse Style Holiday Gift Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna

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Hello Friends,

I guess it’s no secret that I’m really not much of a farmhouse kind of gal. I mean, I do LOVE farmhouse decor, but other than a few touches of the farmhouse look here and there, my house is pretty much a traditional on its way to super casual.

With this, WHY on earth would I be going all farmhouse when it comes to gift wrapping?

Well, this week, I saw a Christmas tree decorated by Joanna Gaines. It was, as you can imagine, the usual brand of Joanna Gaines perfection.  But it was more than just perfect. It was soft and gentle, and totally neutral. But even with all of the neutrals, the tree and the packages under it had such a powerful presence.

And so I decided to dissect the Joanna brand of gift wrapping magic and recreate some of that “presence” in my own home.  

Here’s what I learned.

 

Farmhouse Style Holiday Gift Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna

Brown paper for holiday packages | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Brown Paper Packages

First, all of the packages were wrapped in brown paper. Yes —every single one.  She did not mix in companion papers. It was all paper bag brown. To create this look, I got a roll of this paper from HomeGoods and from the Dollar Tree, but for heavier and/or oversized packages, I used the thick brown paper found in the paint section of the home improvement store. It measures 35-inches wide with unlimited length and is tough as nails.

Brown paper wrap provides a beautiful canvas for packages | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tied Up With Strings

And, from what I could tell, Joanna mainly used brown twine with a hint of red on all of her packages. She may have had some ribbon on packages underneath or in the back, but there wasn’t any that I could appreciate in the photo. It looked like all of the packages were wrapped exactly the same –in brown paper with the same colored twine and name tags. The only thing that was different was the size of the box.

But, honestly, as lovely as that is, I really didn’t want to just use brown-on-brown or light-red-on-brown under my tree. So I respectfully opted to put a simple twist on Joanna’s beautiful idea and make it my own.

Get the farmhouse look with brown paper wrap and twine | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

My Favorite Things

To make this happen, I gathered stiff, two-sided, red and black plaid ribbons, different twines, and solid-colored textural ribbons that co-ordinate with each other. And I love that the red and black plaid also works with black chalkboard name tags.

Then, although I’m not sure why, I got a red and black buffalo checked wrapping paper.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s because I thought I just couldn’t live without it. ~~~Shaking my head~~~I’m like that, you know. 🙂

Actually, I’m not sure if I will end up using the buffalo checked paper under the tree, but since I wanted a cohesive look with lots of red, I wanted it at the ready —just in case. 

Red and black plaid ribbons add color to brown paper and twine | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Plaid Ribbon with Twine

My hat tip to Joanna’s packages begins by slipping a simple plaid ribbon between the twine and paper. And if a long piece of twine is used, it can be threaded through the name tag, wrapped around the box, and then taped together on the backside. 

Red and black plaid ribbon coordinates chalkboard tags with brown paper wrapping | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

By doing this, it gives the illusion of being tied around the box —just like Joanna would do.

Red and black plaid ribbon that is stiff and two-sided ties a perfect bow | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

“Burlap” With a Twist

For a visual change, a wide ribbon that looks like a loosely woven burlap provides texture and color in one. And it looks great stretched across the paper, don’t ya think? The only problem is that it’s not very stiff, so it’s best to confine this ribbon to smaller bows.

 

Faux fur pairs perfectly with brown paper and red wrapping | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Plaid Over Burlap

For burlap ribbon that is so wide it is difficult to tie a bow, consider layering it for great neutral texture. As long as the impact color (red) is in the ribbon that goes on or near the top, the burlap will provide a great background.  I opted to tie one plaid ribbon on top of this package…

Extra-wide burlap creates a farmhouse style layer of texture over brown paper wrapping | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The Triple Decker

And then added another textural ribbon between the burlap ribbon and plaid ribbon on the next.

Layers of neutral and red add color and texture to the brown paper wrapping | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The key, I think, to capturing Joanna’s look-with-a-twist is really pretty simple. It seems to take on a life of its own when packages are wrapped in brown paper and then made unique by adding a different combination of coordinating ribbons.

Farmhouse with color and texture is easy by layering ribbon and tying a perky bow on top | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Presence ~~Not Presents 

When I came to the end of my gift wrapping session, I was thrilled with the stack of pretty Joanna-inspired presents. But as they were being arranged under the tree, my mind wandered back to what really caught my eye with Joanna’s Facebook photo and comment.  And it was her “presence,” not her “presents.”

Farmhouse style with a twist features red on every package | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I’ll add the link to her Facebook photo below, but what she said was that she planned to give the gift of herself to all of her loved ones and home decor fans. She planned to put away the phone and minimize other distractions so she could look people in the eye, smile at them, and love them in an old-fashioned way. 

Farmhouse style packages feature brown paper wrapping and ribbons in red | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And just like that, Joanna had, once again, found the secret.

Farmhouse inspired holiday packages add color and texture for a unique twist | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

So here’s to tackling December ~~and Christmas ~~the Joanna Gaines way.

More presence and less presents.

Because it truly is a “present” to take the time to love others in that old-fashioned, Joanna Gaines kind of way.

For Joanna’s Facebook photo and comment click here.

Farmhouse wrappings that feature brown paper with red and black plaid ribbons were inspired by the lovely Joanna Gaines | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

As for the red and buffalo checked paper. Remember that?  Well, it ended up —along with some of Joanna’s twine– in an entirely different post.  You can click here to see the Cozy Christmas Out By the Fire post on this blog.

Red and black buffalo checked paper tied up with twine is home out by the fire | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And use this handy graphic to pin these ideas for later…

Farmhouse holiday wrap tied with an assortment of red and black ribbon creates a unique look for each gift | Farmhouse Style Holiday Wrap: A Lesson from Joanna | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But for now, let’s check out more fun and festive wraps from my uber-talented bloggy friends..

Wrap-It-Up-Christmas-Gift-Wrap-Tutorial-Inspiration

 

Special thanks to Nancy from Slightly Coastal for organizing this hop!

 

| The Crowned Goat | 10 Simple Gift Wrapping Ideas |

The Crowned Goat

| Diva of DIY | Burlap Wrapped Presents |

Burlap Wrapped Presents-Diva-Of-DIY

| Dixie Delights| How To Tie The Perfect Bow |

Dixie Delights How To Tie The Perfect Bow

| Slightly Coastal| DIY Paper Tassels |

Slightly Coastal-DIY Paper Tassels

| Thistlewood Farms | DIY Galvanized Metal Tags |

Thistlewood Farms-DIY Galvenized Metal Tags

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  • Reply Ron Carrier December 9, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I love plaid too! I adore gift wrapping.

  • Reply thecrownedgoat December 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Such a great post and reminder for this season! While your gifts may be wrapped to perfection it’s your sweet and giving heart that is the true gift. Love the festive touches you’ve added to your home and packages, they’re all so pretty. Have a fabulous day, CoCo

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Coco! Writing this post was a great lesson for me. Yesterday, I stopped my “busyness” and went to lunch with my husband. I really made note of Joanna’s words to smile and look them in the eye. Funny how we have come to think that sitting at the table scrolling through email is a “presence.” So wonderful hopping with you today! I’m off to grab some coffee and visit all of the posts! Happy Holidays! ~~Susie

  • Reply Nancy Isham December 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Love the brown craft paper with the pops of red! Thanks for the reminder on having a presence with my family, more than just giving them presents. A lesson well spoken. I hope you have a fantastic weekend Susie! It was so great to hop with you.

    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Nancy! This was a great post to write for many reasons. The most important one, of course, is the important lesson learned for our best girl, Joanna. As always, great hopping with you! Happy Holidays! ~~Susie

  • Reply KariAnne Wood December 9, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Susie,

    Wow….just wow! You TOTALLY delivered! I love all your ideas and it’s perfect timing because I have so much wrapping ahead of me.

    Merry Christmas!
    karianne

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much, KariAnne! Great hopping with you! Happy Holidays! ~~ Susie

  • Reply Carolann December 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love the tips and tricks esp the layering of elements. I’ll have to try a few of these this year for sure. They all look stunning Susie. Terrific job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Carolann! Always love having you stop by! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply June December 9, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Good job, I love them, and i love gift wrapping or I should say designing the wrap? Homegoods and Marshalls are my favorite place to get gift wrap and ribbon.

    I am going to check out joanna gains tree and wrap immediately! Lol

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Thanks June! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 December 10, 2016 at 7:34 am

    You did a beautiful job. The packages look just right.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 10, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Thanks so much Debra. Appreciate you so much! XO

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul December 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    That all looks so lovely, I love the brown paper with the pops of color and the different ribbons. I especially love the chalk board gift tags.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Toni! I do, too. I would never have guessed that brown paper was my fav for this season, but here we are. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Cristina December 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Great lessons, Susie! And your wrapping… Fabulous! I’ve been wrapping my presents with brown and plain white paper and I love how the ribbons and accents take them to the next level. I love the plaid and burlap ribbons you used.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Christina!! I just love the thoughts from Joanna. In my mind, I’m smiling at you and giving you a holiday hug! Happiest of Holidays!! Susie

  • Reply Amanda @ Dixie Delights December 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I love this Toni!! The plaid ribbon is perfect on the kraft paper!!! xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Lol…. I’m Susie…from The Chelsea Project.. Thanks so much for stopping by. It was great sharing the gift Hop with you!! Happiest of Holidays to you and yours! —Susie from The Chelsea Project

  • Reply Sue December 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I was glued to every photo and sentence. I adore your packages. They are perfect. I did a theme last year of silver and gold last year and know how it makes all the difference in presentation. I will always remember your wrappings and you hacked Joanna Gaines to perfection.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks Sue! Love having you stop by! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Vanessa November 15, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I just love the plaid, red ribbons. It’s so festive and looks amazing.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 16, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Hey Vanessa and thanks so much!

    Thanks so much for your comment!