Over the summer, there were quite a few birthdays to celebrate including 3 out of 4 of us in my household so I decided to try out an idea I had about handmade wrapping paper. I am a bit dubious about calling it handmade though since I didn't actually make the paper and because I used rubber stamps and inks for the images. At the very least I made plain brown wrapping paper a bit more interesting! This one was for my other half's birthday present. He said he liked it but I think he was more impressed with the fact that I saved a bit of money on wrapping paper! Oh and my six year old son helped me to do the stamping.
Next up was the wrapping paper I did for my nephew who turned 4 this year:
I'm not as happy with this one mainly because I think that the kites (yes, they're supposed to be kites!) look a bit like tadpoles from afar and that overall it is not a fun enough wrapping paper for a child, despite me colouring the kites in. Maybe it would have looked better if I had spaced them a bit more uniformly on the paper in rows.
I bought some recycled sugar paper to try as well because it is a bit lighter in colour and may show up different coloured inks and markers a bit better. I've even thought of illustrating small sizes of paper by hand but I think that may be a bit too time consuming. Overall, it was a very fun experience and I will definitely do it again. Maybe even to wrap up orders from my shops when I come up with a design that I really like.