Stenciled Wrapping Paper

If
you’ve been following me for any period of time you know my partner and
I make all of our own wrapping paper. Usually I gather packing paper
and newsprint from work and hoard it from about halloween on. There has
been a serious lack of decent newsprint, brown paper, or other packing
paper. It’s been coming in torn up and a mess, a recycler’s nightmare.
This year I had to resort to buying the largest pad of cheapo newsprint.

This is meant to be a money saving project. I think it still is.

Here is why I made those simple circle stencils. They are a stencil for over another stencil. What?!?

Lay
down an intricate stencil, like this X’s and O’s then lay down a circle
stencil over that. IMAG0242
IMAG0242Mask out unwanted areas.
IMAG0242Spray, spounce or roll.
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Remove stencils, press off excess paint into a journal. Repeat as
needed. HIt it with a heat gun, and voila! Nifty stencils on stencils,
which make the most bad ass wrapping paper ever.

You can also do this with crayons- try rubbing over stencils. Or sharpies- use stencils as a guide. There are a million ways to make your own wrapping paper. I've been doing this for years and years. When I first started to do this it was because I forgot to buy paper adn remembered making paper with my Mom one winter. I lvoed it them and I love it now. At first I felt pretty cheesy doing it, but the reaction I get is usually pretty positive. People don't want to tear the paper. Also it's loads of fun.

  • PJ

    Very cool. I love making my own wrapping paper.

  • I’m loving all these stencil posts! I will have to make my own wrapping paper next year…although I do have trouble staying away from the shiny ones in the stores. 😉

  • May

    Thats cool, 2 stencils on top of each other, never thought of that, a detailed stencil done in a contained shape is a effective design.
    Thanks Leslie
    Happy Hollydays to you & partner
    *

  • @PJ Me too!

  • @Mariza that is what metallic spray paint or craft paint are for 😉 I use those pretty often in addition to the flat paints. It adds a little pop.