christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging 2!

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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i've decided to once again have fun with a little christmas 'chalkboard' packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i've been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you'll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

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 one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

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 so it's great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn't find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let's chat about your projects in the comments area- i'll meet you there!


  • This is so lovely. But can you give me some idea of how long this typically takes you to do? Is it really just 30 seconds a package and it’s no time at all? Or do you start wrapping presents in November?

    • hi kate! thanks! i spend about 2-3 minutes per package. it really doesn’t take very long, and it’s so much fun!

  • So. SO. Good! I only saw last year’s post earlier this week (and promptly order the black kraft roll and pens). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, you went ahead and did this :)

    • thanks, sarah! can’t wait to see yours (do share!)!

  • I have doodled all over old manilla envelopes and made gift bags, but you’ve taken this to a whole new level. Your ideas are so lovely, It’s such a great idea if you are visiting family at Christmas and need gifts to be fairly flat so they can all stack up in the car (no bows or ribbons to worry about squashing) And your pen advice is great too, saves us all having to buy several to try out – thanks

  • I love this! I was already doing it for this Christmas and couldn’t figure out how to make them prettier. I was only doing chalk names… not so pleasing. These doodles will be great!

    BEST tape in the whole wide world for ANY wrapping job: Double Sided. Always. You don’t see it!
    And if you are really savvy, you will buy both types, permanent and removable. I use the removable for the first piece of tape that comes in contact with the box so it doesn’t rip the gift ;-)


    • oh, fabulous advice, ivy! you’re so savvy. :) thank you so much!

  • I found this blog through Pinterest and decided to wrap all my gifts this way this year. I think they turned out pretty good and I can’t wait to see my family’s reactions when they get their gifts!

  • I see this post is pretty old but I really love this idea! Did you make your own gift tags, too? Those are adorable and go great with the chalkboard doodles!

  • I absolutely love this! I feel the need to get a roll of black paper now. Like you I’m still going through my roll from last year which is brown kraft paper. I’m loving it but it’s fun to switch it up.


  • Hi can you tell me what tape did you use! I can’t wait to get started!!!

    • hi michele! tape to wrap the gifts with? i think i just ended up using standard scotch tape!

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