Friday, 4 December 2009

Snowflake stencilled gift wrap

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how we usually make our own wrapping paper at christmas. We always base our home-made efforts on recycled paper, and also aim to produce something that is also recyclable afterwards (in our mixed dry recyclables bin).

We have pretty much exhausted potato-printing options in the last couple of years (robins, Santas, christmas trees and snowmen), so this year, we've tried a stencilling alternative, aiming for the effect of snowflakes.

It was very easy - my seven year old did most of it!

For this craft project, I bought a packet of paper doilies in assorted shapes (ours came from the Lakeland kitchenware shop), a roll of recycled brown parcel wrapping paper and some ready-mix white poster paint.

We used assorted doilies as stencils, using a thick children's paint brush to dab white paint through the holes, then lifting the doily away to reveal the pattern. We found a single doily would last for about three stencils before starting to disintegrate.

I'll probably vary my parcels a bit by using plain coloured (recycled) tissue paper and sticking leftover doilies on top for decoration.

If you want to look at more ideas for sustainable gift-wrapping options, take a look at this:


  1. I love your wrapping paper, such fun to do and wonderful to receive a present in too.

  2. I LOVE this idea! That looks so effective, I must remember this for next year!
    Rachel x