Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hand Stamped Wrapping Paper

Hey guys! Today I'd love to share a tutorial with you on how to make your own hand-stamped wrapping paper! I actually really love gift giving and think one of the best parts about it is wrapping everything up into a pretty package. I love thoughtfully choosing pretty paper, accompanying ribbon or string, and gussying up the gifts I've so carefully picked out. So, to give your wrapping job an extra special touch, why not stamp your own wrapping paper?

Now, if you tuned in last week, you got to see my tutorial on how to make your own Honeycomb Stamp! If you missed that post, you can check it out here. I made that stamp partially because I wanted to try my hand at making my own stamps, but also because I was dreaming of making some of this pretty hand-stamped wrapping paper.

This tutorial is pretty specific to the honeycomb stamp I created, but you can certainly take the idea and run with it! I was thinking it would be really cute to do with a little ice cream cone stamp I've got. It wouldn't be quite the same free-form pattern, but still, cute!

Here's how to make it!
Supplies:
- A stamp (preferably a handmade honeycomb stamp!)
- Postal kraft wrapping paper
- Scissors to cut your paper
- Acrylic paint in the color of your choosing and a paintbrush
OR
- A stamp pad in the color of your choosing

A stamp pad will definitely speed up time on this project, but I wanted to do a full coverage gold and the gold stamp pad I got was the worst. You do you!
1. Cut the paper to your desired size. I ended up using just enough to wrap my friend's birthday present, but if you have the space (and don't have cats that would totally step all over everything) you could do a big long length of it.
2. Once you've got the paper to your desired size, weight down the ends as necessary to avoid curling. Mine only needed to weighted down for part of the process.
3. Use your paintbrush to apply the paint to your stamp, and try to apply it as evenly as you can. If you're using a stamp pad, just ink it up like normal.
4. Apply the stamp to your paper.
5. Continue steps 1-4 until you've covered your paper to your liking! I overlapped my stamp in places so I could make a sprawling, organic print. I chose to not cover my paper fully, because I like the look of the open space. You could also do your stamping randomly, or on a grid- up to you!
6. Once you've gotten your paper covered to your liking, you can choose to add some other details. I chose to fill in some of the hexagon shapes in my honeycomb pattern at random with my paintbrush. You could also add some colorful details here if you like!
7. Let dry.
8. Once dry, wrap up that present!
Ta-da! How pretty is that?

I'm in the middle of birthday season (seriously, so many birthdays happening in the fall!), so I imagine I will be doing lots more stamping like this. I hope you liked following along with this tutorial! 

Til next time!

-Becca
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34 comments:

  1. Ahh, this looks great! What a nice way to jazz up a gift and make it that little bit more personal. I love it when someone makes the effort to make a present really special. Awesome idea ^_^

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  2. what an adorable idea! this is really neat! i've been wrapping gifts for the holidays using brown paper bags and newspapers -- would love to try something like this for this year!

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  3. This is so pretty! My dad loves organic honey - I think I now know what he's getting for Christmas *and* how it's going to be wrapped! ^__^

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  4. Ohhhhh my gosh, I LOVE this! I'm hoping to get a grant soon that will get me a beekeeping mentor (I'm obsessed with bees!), this would be a great wrapping paper for a gift to my mentor, should I qualify! Hooray! I'll be making it regardless! Thanks for sharing!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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    1. Oh that would be so cute! You are braver than I to want to become a beekeeper. It would be super cute if you also got a little bee stamp to put on the paper!

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  5. Great idea- so cute!! Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  6. Great idea - looks so simple yet so effective! I shall definitely be trying this out this year :) XX

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  7. this really is the cutest idea! how'd you make the stamp?

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    1. Thank you so much! You can find the tutorial to make the stamp here: http://ladyfaceblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/diy-honeycomb-stamp.html

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  8. great diy tutorial! i actually am a huge fan of making your own wrapping paper. much more fun and prettier than the run-of-the-mill stuff that you find in stores.

    keep up your blog cuteness! :-)

    ~e~

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  9. There are those awesome honeycombs again! And on that note, just posted pics of the skirt that I made with the embroidered honeycombs! {from your tutorial}

    I L O V E this, looks great :)

    - I s a @ Head Red + Blondi

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    1. Oooh yay! I'm going to check it out ASAP!

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  10. Now you gotta make a bee stamp to go with this one. :D

    Adriana| Birch and Leaf

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    1. That would be so cute! Sadly, my artistic skills are limited, but it could be worth a try!

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  11. This is so amazing!! You really have a gift for these crafty things :)

    theearththroughalens.blogspot.co.nz

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  12. ah, i love stamping and making my own wrapping paper! it's so much fun, and looks so much better than the typical store purchased ones! i love the honeycomb design here!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  13. That looks gorgeous, if I received that present I wouldn't be able to open it cause it looks so perfect.

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  14. What a fun and creative project!! I think it would be fun to do something like you've done here with my class :) LOVE it!!!

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    1. Oooh that sounds super fun! I'd love to see pictures if you and your class try it out!

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  15. I love decorating kraft wrapping paper- I just think it looks so nice and personal. Your honeycomb stamp was perfect for that!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love kraft wrapping paper. It's such a nice canvas for other fun stuff!

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  16. Can I please steal some of your craftiness? This is too cute for words and such a great DIY idea!

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    1. I would be happy to parcel out some of my craftiness! Let me know how to send it to you ; )

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  17. Love this idea. I'm a bit useless when it comes to wrapping gifts usually. I find the perfect gift but get so frustrated in the wrapping process that it always ends up looking a bit ridiculous. I must attempt this so the wrapping is as cute as the gift!

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  18. such a wonderful and quirky idea! love the print you used. next time it's someones birthday I might attempt this myself! x

    iampolkadots.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. How fun, Becca! I've never made my own wrapping paper before, but I definitely feel like it makes any present so much more fun and personalized. It's so pretty that I wouldn't even want to unwrap it, lol!

    Melanie
    www.laceandcombatboots.com

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    1. Thank you so much! This was my first time making my own and it was super fun! People will also freak out and be like "You MADE the wrapping paper????" It's the best!

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  20. You've always got the BEST diy's!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  21. Wow, that's gorgeous and so special! Haha I think I'm like Melanie and wouldn't want to unwrap it :)

    Cory
    www.coryographies.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, that's gorgeous and so special! Haha I think I'm like Melanie and wouldn't want to unwrap it :)

    Cory
    www.coryographies.blogspot.com

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