If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know by now that we are big fans of using rubber stamps for a huge variety of crafts.
In the past, we’ve talked about how to make your own Christmas cards, creative uses for rubber stamps and plenty more.
As Christmas is swiftly approaching, we are back with another holiday themed creative craft idea. This time, we want to show you how to make your own wrapping paper using rubber stamps.
Sure you can pick up rolls of wrapping paper anywhere for a relatively low cost, but for true crafters, they know and understand the joy of delivery hand crafted items to your loved ones, from the item inside, all the way to the gift tag and accompanying greetings card.
The process is actually quite simple.
You will need:
- A large roll of parcel paper
- A selection of Christmas rubber stamps
- A variety of coloured ink pads
- A ruler
Essentially you will be self-printing the design on your wrapping paper.
There are two ways to do it; decorate the entire roll before you wrap. Or cut paper to the correct size for each gift and then decorate as you go. The choice is entirely up to you, but we find the second method less daunting (and you don’t have to worry about rolling the paper back up without creating creases!)
When it comes to design, the choices are endless. You could cover the entire sheet of paper in your chosen stamp design in a pattern style, or choose to decorate just the top portion of the gift and leave the rest of the paper undecorated.
We like the effect of both, but prefer when the entire sheet of wrapping paper is decorated rather just than the top of the gift.
A minimalist pattern would work best, but feel free to create a custom stamp if you have a different design in mind!
Next, choose what colour ink you want. White, gold, silver or black ink would create a great contemporary pattern. Pair it with burlap string bows and hand crafted gift tags.
On the other hand, bright greens and reds would create a funkier, brighter pattern which might be more suited to gifts for young family members.
Once your new rubber stamps and ink pads have arrived, it’s time to create your wrapping paper! Stamp away on to your parcel paper. If you are creating a consistent pattern, remember to measure the gap between each stamp impression.
Once you’re finished, wrap your gifts and get Christmas started!