I may have cut it pretty close with getting my Christmas presents wrapped up in time
This is super easy and looks really classy and cost me nothing!
- paper bag
- kitchen sponge
- acrylic paint (I chose white)
- hot glue gun
- plastic container
First thing really is to cut off the bottom of your paper bag and lay it out flat. I even taped it to the workspace to ensure it wouldn’t slide around on me.
Draw your desired shape onto your sponge and cut it out. I was in a hurry, so I did a simple shape. It’s kinda a wonky dr. suessy christmas tree, but it works!
Then hot glue your sponge shape onto your plastic container. You can use a wood block or anything else solid. I’m all about resourcefulness, so anything you can manage. This piece is for when you press your sponge onto the paper you get an even distribution of pressure and so that you have something to hold on to. So you don’t get fingers painted.
If your sponge is hard and dry, get it a little wet.
Paint your sponge with a paintbrush. Do not just dip your sponge into the paint unless you have diluted the paint way down or are using a medium besides acrylic. If you dip the sponge in paint you are going to get WAY too much paint on the sponge. Paint it on and cover the entire sponge.
Do a test stamp before you start stamping on your brown paper bag.
Press evenly and straight down. Bring it straight up. You get two or three stamps before you have to re paint your sponge stamp.
I did not measure my lines, I just went for it, stamping in all different directions, but you could grid out your paper if you want your stamping to be evenly spaced apart.
Let it dry before you wrap!
Add some twine or colored hemp string and your done! Beautiful wrapping paper. Super easy. Great for last minute wrapping. Great for any holiday, as you can make your stamp any shape. Hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, or blue moons… haa. A moon and a star one would be so neat!
Like this tutorial? Another great gift wrapping idea can be seen here: