There are so many great ways to turn a simple brown paper package into something unique and gorgeous. This hand embroidered wrapping paper from A Little Empty Room is such a fun and festive way to make your own wrapping paper. I love the red star, and the cross stitched heart. However, I think the little stitched criss crosses are my favorite, because of how easy they are to create. They would be the perfect project for someone with no embroidering or sewing experience. You could then add a simple handmade bow or a printable gift tag (or both) to complete the wrapping.
I love how the embroidery thread pops off the plain kraft paper and provides texture, color, and dimension. Although you could embroidery wrapping paper for any occasion, I especially picture this kind of gift wrapping for Christmas. Something about the simple stitches reminds me of vintage stockings. It would be really easy to create a snowflake pattern. You could even just create little astrix shapes to cover the paper, or create a larger more intricate snowflake that would cover most of the package (like the heart). Little triangular Christmas trees would also be cute and simple.
If you are trying to make embroidered wrapping paper with a pattern like a heart or a star, here is how I would go about it. First lightly sketch your shape or pattern with pencil onto a piece of kraft wrapping paper. Then take your needle or a thumb tack and poke little holes where you are planning on stitching. Then lightly erase your pencil markings. Before you start stitching, tie a knot at one end of your thread and tape the end to the inside of your wrapping paper. When you are finished with a thread, also tie a knot and tape the end for added security.
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced (according to what you choose to stitch)
Time: 10 minutes (or longer for a complicated pattern)
Supplies: Brown Kraft Wrapping Paper, colorful embroidery thread, needle, tape, scissors.
Full Tutorial: via A Little Empty Room