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Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: Part 2

Put your stamp on reusable gift wrap this season! In this DIY you’ll find 3 creative and easy ways to personalize your gifts for the holidays. Using only things from around the house and some foraged greenery, these crafts provide a unique alternative to all the plastic packaging that piles up this time of year.

To see other creative ways to keep the season eco-friendly, check out Reduce, Reuse Rejoice: Part 1!

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There are 3 options for you to choose from for this DIY. If you want to keep it simple and use fewer tools and supplies, Options 1 and 2 are for you. However if you like sewing, I definitely recommend Option 3. This option requires the use of a sewing machine.

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This is Option 3. Isn’t it cute? The stamping process for this one is the simplest; all you need is a cork! Its based on the The Sachet pattern from my last tutorial. The beauty of these gift bags and boxes is that they can be used again and again. For the fabric option, you can repurpose the bag to become a child’s lunch bag, a pencil case, or even a makeup bag. The paper options are great too! Flatten them out and save them for next year, then when they are all used up you can recycle them.

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Here’s what you’ll need for the various options:

  • a potato
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint in the colour(s) of your choice and/or fabric paint
  • a cutting board
  • a paring knife
  • a cork from a wine bottle
  • a plate or palette for paint
  • plain cotton fabric* and/or a plain paper gift bag and/or a plain cardboard or wooden box
  • foraged greens/pinecones/acorns and twine/ribbon for embellishment

*if you choose to create the stamped reusable bag option, you’ll need access to a sewing machine and thread.

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Option 1: The Paper Bag

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Step 1: Cut your potato in half lengthwise. With the tip of your paring knife, trace out the shape of an evergreen tree on the flat part of the potato.

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Step 2: Once you’re happy with the shape you traced, cut a little deeper into the potato, about 1/8″. Cut in from the sides of the potato at the same depth to remove the outer pieces.

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Step 3: You will be left with a slightly raised portion in the shape of an evergreen; this is your stamp. Dab off excess moisture with a towel or tissue and dip the stamp into your acrylic paint.

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Step 4: Test your stamp on a scrap piece of paper. Then, stamp along the bottom edge of the bag in a repeating pattern. Repeat this step on the other side of the bag and voila!

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Option 2: The Cardboard Box

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Step 1: Carve out your stamp in the same method as we carved the evergreen stamp in Option 1. This one looks a little more complicated, but its all just straight lines that form a snowflake.

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Step 2: This is what your snowflake stamp should look like once you’ve carved out the excess pieces.

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Step 3: Dab away excess moisture and dip your stamp in acrylic paint. Apply the stamp in a repeated formation all around the box. You can see my final result on the right here. For the one on the left, I created the splatter effect by flicking a paint covered brush at the box. This is a fun method but a little messy, so make sure you have a piece of newspaper laid down underneath.

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Option 3: The Sachet

Step 1: Cut a piece of cotton cloth or muslin according to the dimensions outlined for Option 1 in this post.

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Step 2: Dip one end of your bottle cork into the fabric paint colour of your choice. Dab away any excess paint from the edges onto your palette.

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Step 3: Stamp the cork in a repeated pattern like the one shown above across the entire piece of fabric.

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Step 4: This is what all your stamped surfaces will look like once you’ve finished. To finish Option 3, follow the instructions laid out for The Sachet from my previous DIY post.

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Now is the most creative step. To finish off your gorgeous new gift packages, adorn them with ribbons, twine, greenery, pinecones, gift tags, or anything else your heart desires. Because this step is so personalized, you can reuse the wrapping over and over again and still have it look different every time.

Thanks for reading this DIY post. As always, if you have any questions or you try out this idea, please leave me a comment in the section below!


See Reduce, Reuse Rejoice: Part 1

More DIY ideas from STUDIO 403

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