Simple Steps to Customized Holiday Wrapping Paper

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It's the holiday season again, and time to get wrapping. For this Holi-DIY, we collaborated with the talented print and textile designer, Leah Quinaz, to create an assortment of beautifully graphic and organically inspired print papers. Take a fresh twist on your Christmas craft with this super simple 5-step custom wrapping paper.

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What You'll Need:

  • Kraft paper (enough to wrap your gifts)
  • 1 potato (or more, if creating additional stamps)
  • A paring knife
  • Some small pine branches (tree trimmings work great)
  • Gesso (you can buy this from any art store)
  • Accent paint (optional - we like gold for a festive touch)
  • String or ribbon
  • Palette or frosting knife (optional)

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Make Your Stencil: Decide on your stencil shape. We made a simple triangle, to create a frosty mountain top print. Tip: Use a pen to draw a basic shape you would like as your stamp. Take your potato and your paring knife and cut away the top 1/3 of your potato. Slice along your design edges, about 1/3 of the way through the potato, then slice around the outside edge of the potato, until you hit the cut line of your design. Use the paring knife to clean away the potato meat until you have a clean stamp edge.

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For Geometric Mountains: Pour your gesso onto a small plate, and dip your stamp lightly into it. (Tip: Use a palette knife to remove excess gesso and do a test stamp on a scrap piece of paper.) Lay your paper out flat, and tape or weigh down the corners to stabilize. We used a low-adhesive paper tape. Begin stamping paper in a pattern of your choice. We made ours a bit scattered, to match the organic feel of real mountain ranges. Repeat until you've filled the paper, with your desired design.

Allow gesso and paint to dry fully, about 30 minutes to 1 hr, at most

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For Pine Paper: Using your pine branch, lightly dip the branch into the gesso, so that just the tips of the pine needles are covered in gesso. Get creative making your own organic print, by using a tapping motion to dab paint from the branch onto your paper. Tip: You can add color accents by dipping your branch in the gold paint or using the stick end to add in dots or swirls.

Allow gesso and paint to dry fully, about 30 minutes to 1 hr, at most

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Wrap your presents and finish with a bow. Use any excess printed paper to create a small name tag or card, by cutting a strip and folding it in half.

DIY illustrated and printed by Leah Quinaz // Photos by Lily Hetzler