Holiday Preview: DIY Stamped Christmas Gift Wrap
Traditional wrapping paper bugs me. I know it’s like a tiny thing in the grand scheme or whatever, but it makes me cringe a little bit when beautifully wrapped packages turn into non-recyclable waste. SO I’m dreaming up more earth-friendly wrapping ideas for the blog today. Because little changes can grow.
Here’s how I made gift wrap that:
doesn’t create unnessary waste
don’t break the bank
can be made at [gasp] the very last minute
will make the recipient squeal with delight (#handmadeholidaygoals)
Supplies I used*:
One Sweet Holiday Stamp
I used my favorite 2” stamp from the new Holiday 2018 Elegance collection.
It’s so much more earth-friendly & one huge roll will last you basically your whole life.
A Quick-Drying Ink Pad
Ain’t nobody got time for slow-drying ink. I used StazOn black and ColorBox white (okay, the ColorBox is a little slow drying, so it turns out I did have a little time for that super pretty white-on-kraft effect.)
I’ve had a bunch of these random ones in my desk for heavens knows how long. Fish out those cute bags, tags & stickers, you know they’re in that craft room somewhere. Or go for my favorite recycled linen textured paper & hole-punch some perfectly imperfect tags instead.
Or, you know, ribbon, string, embroidery thread….
I like to use long ones a little wider & a lot taller than my stamp. These aren’t nearly as earth-friendly so use sweetly by sparingly. And hey, if you’ve got unused stickers / labels going to waste (like these were in my case) - if you’ve got em, use em!
Don’t try to make it perfect.
Let it go, let it go! Imperfect says “I printed this beautiful gift wrap all on my own and didn’t even hurt a tree.”
Knot, don’t bow.
I like to make a couple of long loops of yarn and just tie a knot at the top and cut. It creates a little “pom-pom bow” at the end and I don’t have to worry about awkward floppiness.
Stamp em close together for small packages, farther apart for larger ones.
Don’t overdo it - even a single stamp print that you center on the box looks sweet and handmade - and I’m loving the white-on-kraft look right now for that.
Try some different styles.
Stamp a bunch in a line.
Overlap the stamp in places.
Stamp them in squares with blank squares like plaid.
Stamp just one long section so that only half of your package will be stamped, and tie a bow along the other side.
This will keep you from wearing out your “stamping fingers'“ and will look great as a coordinated set!
Happy stamping, friends!!!
* Product links are not affiliate links. They're links to the products I use because I love them, period. I'm *most* interested in helping you get maximum usefulness from your Creatiate stamps. So if you love this project, I'd love to make up some stamps for you here and get you started on your way to packaging greatness! ;)
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