December 7, 2012 by Jenn
As we get closer to Christmas, we are (hopefully) almost done with our shopping and it’s time to start wrapping up all our goodies! There are a lot of options when it comes to wrapping but, as usual, we think handmade is more fun. It’s also easier on your wallet. Here are some ideas we’ve come up with this season to help make your gifts stand out!
Potato Stamp Paper:
I had a left over sweet potato that wasn’t looking so hot. I used an exacto knife to carve three potato stamps, a tree, a heart, and a circle. I then took my brown postal paper (left over from my advent tutorial) and patterned my stamps in different colors. I used a paintbrush to apply the paint to my stamps and practiced once or twice before stamping my paper. If some of the stamps look a little crazy, just use your paintbrush to fill in the gaps!
As you can see, in these photos my bows are pom poms. This is a fun extra you can add to your gifts. Make a pom pom and turn it into an ornament by keeping the tether yarn longer and tying it together! Use a piece of tape to attach it to your gift and voila! The bow now doubles as an ornament. You can use a pom pom maker or make them yourself, there’s a helpful tutorial here.
Snowflake Atlas wrapping:
I love using old magazine photos or map pages as wrapping. It adds a fun texture to your packages. I had an old atlas lying around so I used a page as my background. A friend and I were making paper snowflakes the other night to hang in my apartment and I had a few left over. I added the snowflake on top and tied my package with festive yarn. So easy and so very FREE since I had all these things lying around. Can’t beat that!
Have a great weekend!!
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