christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging

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*update! we’ve been at it again! be sure to check out this year’s chalkboard packaging ‘take 2’ with new tips, doodle ideas and instagram inspired gift tags!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

as i mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things to do each year is choose a gift wrapping theme. one year it was recycled newspaper, the next was huge glittered initials for each package. last year i used kraft paper and made pretty bows, and this year i’m making ‘chalkboard’ packages! with a little black kraft paper and a few white paint markers, i think they’ve turned out to be really cute. here’s how i did it:

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and though i’m super happy with it, you should be warned: it’s a HUGE roll! i was so surprised when it came in the mail, i guess i didn’t take care to check out the dimensions! so anyways, we might be doing this next year, too. ;)

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this is the one i used for almost all of the packages. it’s easy to work with and still hasn’t run dry, so one is probably plenty!

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer than what i wanted, but would work great for detail work!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the next thing you’ll need is some good ideas! i took some time to sit down and jot down a few ideas before i got started so that i would have something to reference. really anything goes! just in case you would like to use some of the same motifs, i’ve made this a download for you to reference. just click on the image above and print!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

so there you have it. my ‘chalkboard’ packages that have been so fun to make! they are simple, affordable and really cute all bundled together.

what are your packaging plans this year?


  • I adore this idea!! Hopefully I still have time to pull this off! :) Thanks!!

  • This is just the cutest! Love your little inspiration drawings to download too. What a great idea, Bonnie!

    • thanks everyone! so glad you like them! i hope you can tell, i’m having so much fun making them. :) you definitely don’t have to be an artist, just little *’s make them cute!

  • Such a great idea! These are beautiful Bonnie! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • So cute! I wish I could draw as well as you do :)

  • Oh man! This is sooo cute!!! I already bought all my wrapping paper stuff, but definatly be doing this next yeat!

  • SO CUTE, Bonnie! Those are some lucky gift recipients!!!!

  • In LOVE with this idea!!

  • No one else I know does themes! They just buy paper at Wal-Mart or whatever! Picking the theme is one of my favorite parts of giving! I’ve done brown craft paper many different ways…one year I used red and green ribbon and real holly leaves and a gold paint pen for tags. I’ve done craft paper with orange and turquoise bows, I’ve done Chinese newspapers with red ribbon (my husband travels to China a good bit and brings back paper for me. I’ve done owl paper from Container Store (best paper ever for my taste) and made mitten-shaped tags from red paper. Last year we did brown craft paper with pink and green ribbon. This year I’m doing brown craft paper with cream and burlap ribbon and vintage Christmas scenes I’ve printed on to vellum paper. Love your black “chalkboard” paper idea. I might borrow that for next year!

  • Love this! So easy and so cute. I’ve never done theme wrapping paper but I just may be inspired!

  • absolutely adorable!

  • Oh this is SOOOO adorable on SOOOO many levels!!! =D Love love love your little idea sheet! Totally gonna print one out :)


  • kraft paper & homemade stamps!

  • I’m so glad MY name is on your list!!!

  • These are darling. AND if I were the recipient of one of these packages, I would totally reuse the wrapping because its so cute!

  • Freaking adorable. Love this idea. Well done!

  • love them Bonnie! turned out so cute.

  • I just absolutely adore this….thanks a ton for sharing Bonnie! I think I might just have to practice ALL of next year to hopefully pull anything remotely cute off for next Christmas!! Kraft paper is THE BEST, and I had no idea they had black….LOVE.

  • Love the theme idea. I used craft paper and gingham ribbon when we first married…could not afford to buy “real” wrapping paper! Over the years I’ve discovered some of those ideas I came up with out of necessity are some I’ve loved the best. The black craft paper is a great idea…thanks for sharing!

  • Ok. Stand up. Take a bow.
    Seriously. This is the coolest idea I’ve run across in a while. And I read more blogs than it would be considered sane to admit!
    Merry Christmas!

    • lynn, you’re so cute! thank you very much, that means a lot! xo

  • This is a fantastic idea! I didn’t even know you could buy black craft paper!

  • This is too wonderful! Thanks. I pinned this also. Blessings at Christmastime. Linda

  • *Love* this idea! I’m not into ribbons and bows (because, really, people just toss most/all of it after they rip into the presents anyway) and this is the perfect way to glam up presents!! All of mine are wrapped for this year, but I’m totally pinning this for next year!

  • Genius! All of our presents are wrapped for this year… but this almost makes me want to unwrap them and start over.

  • I did this one year with a similar super large roll of paper…not sure if it was kraft…and the paper was so thick that regular scotch tape didn’t work and it was difficult to work with. We each picked a color and all the gifts in red were my dh, for example. What did you use and did you have any trouble?

    • hey gina! i was concerned about that as well, but i’m happy to report that this paper works great for wrapping! simple scotch tape will hold it and it even lays flat. hope that helps!

  • Super cute idea! (You had me at “chalkboard.”)

  • This is fantastic! I just love the contrast

  • I love this and totally went with the idea. I used black tissue paper (something I already had) and a correction pen. Because I love it I’ve posted your idea (with credits of course) on my blog and you can find some photos of my own ‘creations’ on Instagram (@LILLELYKKE).

    Last year I just used pretty ribbons, the year before I used craft paper, painted Christmas decor on it and finished that with glitter sparkles, the year before that I wrapped everything in white and red and made clay Christmas cookie shapes for name tags. So I think we’ve been bitten by a similar bug…

  • Love, love, love!!! I will certainly be putting this idea in my arsenal of wrapping ideas this year. We did a “brown paper packages tied up with string” theme this year and I have fallen in love with Devine Twine’s peppermint baker’s twine. Wrapping is such a fun creative spot! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • oh i love this idea!
    thanks for sharing it :)

  • Oh WOW. This is so awesome! I’m not very crafty but I bet even I could draw a bow. :) Thank you so much for sharing this idea…it turned out so great. Pinning it now!

  • I love this! It’s adorable! Now, if only I could get out of the bad habit of wrapping everything, pretty much all at once, from Christmas-Eve thru mid-Christmas Day! ;-)

  • Absolutely new and innovative so modern an idea

  • Totally adorable! Pinning to Wrapping Paper AND Chalk boards!

  • Just love the simplicity of this wrapping & so cool and classy. I’ve included it in my Christmas wrapping post on my party blog, it shows wrapping which is new and different. take a peak, hope you like being featured?

  • Love this! Came across a pin of this. So using even for Birthday Gifts. My family doesn’t do themes but we generally buy Christmas Wrapping paper after Christmas and try to find some that could be used year round.

  • hey everyone! *update! we’ve been at it again! be sure to check out this year’s chalkboard packaging ‘take 2′ with new tips, doodle ideas and instagram inspired gift tags!

  • Thank you for the great tips and inspiration! I love the fact that you showcased the different mediums so well, this post is both educational and beautiful to look at.

    Thanks again!


  • This is such a great idea! Alex and I are a little chalk board obsessed at the moment and this just fed the beast-haha! Thank you!!

  • Hey there,

    Just wanted to let you know i feature this gift wrap idea. I have linked the image back to this post. Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Love this idea! Thanks for included the links for ideal pens to use :)

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