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Home Made Wrapping Paper

 For most people it's the time of the year they finish buying their Christmas presents. Well, some people are only starting but that's another story. Many stores here in Switzerland have a gift wrapping service and while it may be very convenient to buy your gift ready and wrapped, so to speak, I think that is rather boring. I mean, if you found this amazing gift for your husband or best friend why would you want to waste it with average wrapping? Especially, if your gift has vintage character or is home made I would advise you to give it the wrapping it deserves! :)

vintage christmas gifts
This is exactly what I did today. I rummaged through the memories from my childhood and came up with this fun way to design your own wrapping paper: potato stamps. As kids we used potato stamps to decorate our aprons, t-shirts and create gifts for our relatives. It's easy and will look great on wrapping paper as well. Besides, spending some time doing handicrafts is always fun, also as grown ups!

potato, paint and brush
And this is what you'll need:
  • single color wrapping paper
  • at least one potato of average size
  • a pen
  • a sharp and pointy kitchen knife
  • a paint brush
  • paint (can be water color or acrylic)
  • some yarn or lace 

First you have to make a stamp from your potato. Actually, you can make two since you're gonna cut the potato in half. Dry the section and draw a pattern onto the potato. Make sure not to use pressure because the pen could leave traces that later can affect your stamp! Once you're done drawing your heart or star you take the knife and gently trace the lines of your drawing. You'll want to cut down at a vertical angle towards the surface of the stamp for best results. Afterwards cut the pieces that are not part of your pattern away. The stamp is now ready for use.
snowflake pattern
star pattern
heart pattern













Now, take the wrapping paper and spread it on the table. You can either cut it up in squares or rectangles that fit your gifts or simply use a whole roll of wrapping paper. Choose a color that matches your wrapping paper and daub the stamp with a bit of paint. Chances are that you won't get the right amount of paint the first time so make sure you have some newspaper nearby where you can test your stamp. As soon as you get the hang of it, go wild on the wrapping paper. Personally, I like random patterns with a mixture of two or three colors on a single colored wrapping paper. I can imagine more regular patterns to look neat as well and total chaos has it's attraction as well. :)

Btw, if you get bored with your stamp, you can simply cut off the top layer of the potato and make a new one!

Once you're done imprinting the wrapping paper put it aside and let it dry. The paint has to be really dry before you wrap your gifts with it, especially with acrylic colors since they don't wash out easily. I accidentally left marks on my table while wrapping my gifts; thank God I could wipe them off.
Anyway. Once dry you can use your paper to wrap the gifts. A piece of yarn or lace goes well with classic patterns. Funky colored wool or twine look great with more colorful patterns. Let your creativity run wild!
the final result
As you can see, my gifts were wrapped in a wintery blue with stars, hearts and snowflakes! I used simple yarn to tie around them. I'm not gonna tell you what is inside them though... ;)

Happy wrapping paper making to everyone!

PS: I have to thank my fellow blogger Made in Suisse for her post about creative wrapping paper. It was the starting point of this venture! Thank you!



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