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16 November 2013

DIY: Christmas wrapping paper

Making your own Christmas wrapping paper is super easy, sooooooo much fun and a great project to do with friends and family of all ages!



Tools:

  • Large sheet or roll of paper (any colour you like!)
  • Several large baking potatoes
  • Knife
  • Paint in different colours
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter and/or salt (optional)


Instructions:

Chop your potato in half and very carefully cut out (an adult should do this only) a Christmas shape, such as a star, Christmas tree, bauble, snowman etc. To cut out the shape, simply run the knife around your design and carefully slice into the potato from the sides to take out pieces of potato, so that your image stands out like a stamp.



Cover your hand made stamp in paint and start printing on to your paper. To add detail, such as a tree trunk, either print with another potato stamp or hand paint.

To add a bit of glitz to your paper, sprinkle glitter on top of the paint when it's wet, so that the glitter sticks. Alternatively, use salt to add a touch of snow to your Christmas trees!


And to really get you in the mood, pop some tunes on to sing along to while printing!

A few things to note when printing with potatoes. When you apply pressure, they produce excess liquid, even after drying them. They don't produce the a clear, sharp image; whereas a wooden block would. But on the flip side, they are cheap, easily available and accessible.

Next week I'll be sharing another fun, Christmas DIY project, so stay tuned and happy Christmas crafting!



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