Cheap Creative Crafting with Paper and Twine

If you love to create with what you have on hand and to repurpose with what you have on hand check out these fun and easy ideas for using brown paper (the type that's packed into boxes), regular coffee filters, and basic twine!

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Brown Paper Crafts

Brown packing paper reused to wrap plants, mason jars and gifts.

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 upcycled for plant and gift wrap. Cheap creative crafting with paper and twine
Wrap plants for gift giving with recycled brown wrapping paper.

You do.  So do I! I knew I wasn't the only one. 😉 Once I have a nice tidy pile of brown packing paper I start looking around for things to wrap.....

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.  For this one I also used my sewing machine to attach some little labels using a simple zigzag stitch! The possibilities are endless...and inexpensive!

Coffee Filter Crafts

Now for some inexpensive coffee filter crafts!

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

I've used brown paper coffee filters to make paper flowers to top gifts with or for a mantel garland....

How-to make a beautiful and inexpensive coffee filter wreath with a beautiful, ruffly, shabby chic look. Get the full tutorial at Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline.

I've used coffee filters to make wreaths like this beautiful one!

Brightly colored coffee filters dyed with food coloring on drying rack

Coffee filters can be dyed in beautiful colors (get the full tutorial on how to dye coffee filters here)...

Close up of coffee filter pom pom garland flowers

and, once their dyed you can make so many beautiful things with them - like this garland!

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

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  1. I don't craft with the brown paper but I do recycle 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