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Cheap Creative Crafting with Paper and Twine

If you love to create with what you have on hand check out this post for ideas on how to use salvaged brown packing paper, coffee filters, and twine and then scroll down to check out the other Thrift Style Team posts for the month!

When you order something online and the package arrives do you find yourself flattening out and folding the brown packing paper from the package?Brown packing paper reused to wrap plants, mason jars and gifts.

You do.  So do I! I knew I wasn't the only one. 😉 Brown packing paper upcycled for plant and gift wrap. Cheap creative crafting with paper and twineOnce I have a nice tidy pile of brown packing paper I start looking around for things to wrap.....Wrap plants for gift giving with recycled brown wrapping paper.

Over the years I've used it to wrap around plants to give as gifts. {you can find the details here}

Recycled glass jar with brown paper and twine bow

I've used it to wrap around mason jar vases (don't forget the twine bow).

Customize gift wrap using brown craft paper, paper emphemera and some simple sewing

I've also used it to wrap CDs and other small gifts.  All you have to do is embellish the package with some cute little ephemera to personalize it.  The possibilities are endless...and inexpensive!

Cheap creative crafting with paper and twine - beautiful pom pom flowers made from coffee filters

Now for this craft, I'm veering a little off the category of brown packing paper but I did use twine so I threw it in the mix - pom pom flowers made from coffee filters.  These are so pretty, they're easy to make, and they would be perfect for rustic weddings, to decorate packages and so many other things!

What crafty things have you done with packing paper or coffee filters?  I'd love to hear about it.

Thrifty Style Team

Now, for the rest of the lovely Thifty Style Team posts! Be sure to check them out for inspiration.

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  1. I don't craft with the brown paper but I do recycle it....my friend sells on Ebay so I pass on all my boxes and packing of any kind, to her. Not sure why I never thought of a use for the wad of brown craft paper. Probably because I am marveling at why they put so much in to protect something in the box that doesn't need protecting and why such a large box for one tiny item was used to begin with!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I always wonder why they put so much paper in a box as well, Bliss!

  2. Vanessa Hunt says:

    I do the same thing with packaging paper and now I know what to do with my stash!! Love these ideas Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Vanessa! xo

  3. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    The succulent is my favorite...but all of your crafting paper ideas are so fun!! These would be awesome teacher or Mother's Day gifts for sure!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kristi, and what a great idea to give these as gift for teachers or Mother's Day. 🙂

  4. Such a great idea. I need to get on the paper wagon, MB!!

  5. SO creative! Such a great idea.

  6. laura janning says:

    clearly I have been missing out not using the packing paper like I should! great ideas.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! 🙂

  7. So many great ideas - I love the plants wrapped in brown paper!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Carrie!

  8. Pinned this post. I absolutely love the brown paper around the plant. It's so springy! xoxo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Malia! xoxo