Quick & Easy DIY Washi Tape Holiday Gift Tags

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Cute, Quick and Simple DIY Washi Tape Holiday Gift Tags

Pressed for time wrapping those last minute handmade holiday gifts? Create these super cute and simple DIY gift tags and give your Christmas presents a beautiful handmade touch that looks anything but rushed using paper scraps and washi tape!

Cute and Simple Washi Tape Gift Tags

For this holiday gift tag I used an eco-friendly paper scrap left over from an Artterro craft kit – it was gray on one side and patterned on the other – and Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake Japanese Washi Tape and Baby Blue Silver Corner Japanese Washi Tape both from Cute Tape.

I simply cut out a tag shape from the paper then covered one side completely with the cherry blossom washi tape. Then I cut out a rectangle from the same scrap paper and applied a white sticker from a sticker label sheet to the front and added a border and my gift recipient info with a fine point Sharpie marker. I then adhered this rectangle to the tag with two corners of tape cut out from the Blue Silver Corner washi tape. A small hole punch was used to attach the baker’s twine by looping it through the hole.

Handmade with Love Gift Tag DIY

As the back of my scrap paper was patterned I didn’t need to add washi tape to the back. However, if you are using a solid colored paper, you can add strips of the Blue Silver Corner washi tape to completely cover the back of your tag. I then cut out the words from a Handmade with Love sticker label and added this to the back of the tag.

The resulting tags would also be adorable later on after the gifts have been opened in a Christmas themed scrapbook that highlights your family’s holiday memories!

DIY Washi Tape Wrapping Paper for Small Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

You can also use washi tape to create custom wrapping paper for small gifts and stocking stuffers – like homemade soaps! This Striped Half Circle Washi Tape is perfect for winter birthdays as well as Christmas. Simply match up strips of washi tape along a sheet of blank paper.

Washi Tape Ornaments

For Christmas gifts give your wrapping paper a holiday look by drawing hooks onto each circle to create Christmas tree ornaments.

Easy DIY Washi Tape Wrapping Paper

Then cut your wrapping paper to fit the gift and wrap!

For more cute DIY gift wrap ideas, be sure to follow my Pretty Packaging board on Pinterest!

How to Make Handmade Stamps

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How to Make Handmade Stamps - DIY Stamp TutorialI’ve been wanting to try making my own stamps for a while, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally got around to it. I think I made it harder than it really was in my head, so I kept putting it off. In the end it wasn’t really difficult, though it did give me a new found appreciation for the artisans that make handmade stamps for a living. I don’t think I’d be able to match their craftsmanship especially on the much smaller stamps, which my hands have a harder time of maneuvering because of the fibro. My son on the other hand dove into trying out a more intricate design.

How to Make Stamps - Stamp Making Book - Making An Impression

In preparation for this project I purchased the book, Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps, by Geninne Zlatkis. Not only was this book rated one of the best craft and hobby books of 2012 by Amazon, but I really loved the designs and projects inside. It also provided some very easy and straight forward instructions to making your own hand carved stamps for the first time. And it has some pretty nice templates that you can use to create your own stamps. I also purchased a Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment because I wanted the option of different carving tips and two Speedball 4-Inch-by- 6-Inch Speedy-Carve Carving Blocks which can easily be cut in half and used. However, if you’re not quite sure if stamping is right for you, you can buy a Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit for right around $10 with free shipping. It includes Includes one sheet of rubber, a wooden handle, one cutter tip, one gouge tip, tracing paper and instructions.

How to make hand carved stampsI was stubborn and chose to not use tracing paper since I wasn’t at the point where I wanted to try lettering. Instead, I drew my design right onto the rubber block. I did take some advice from the book, however, and stamped the top of the rubber block with a colored ink pad so I had a better idea of what I was removing when I cut and what I was leaving behind. The rubber blocks were very easy to cut with the rubber blocks I purchased and the tools so there wasn’t much effort like there is if you’re carving wooden blocks for printmaking.

Hand Carved Stamp DIY - Handmade Flower StampMy son chose to cut his rubber block in half and made two stamps. He etched his first stamp with a flower rather than making deeper cuts into the rubber. This allowed for a more detailed look, but you had to be careful not to press the stamp too hard onto the paper or the image would smear.

Handmade Stamp Making Tutorial

Hand Carved Stamp Making TutorialHe also made a ghost in a doorway stamp. He liked the idea of leaving the edges of the stamp intact rather than removing the rubber around the image.

DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Homemade StampsI knew I wanted to use my hand carved stamps on surfaces other than just plain paper, so I purchased a Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad in black along with some Glassine Wax Paper Bags which I’ve been using to wrap soaps and purchases from my shop in. The StazOn ink works on virtually every surface without rubbing off making it perfect for waxed paper bags. You just have to be sure to allow the ink to dry thoroughly. I bought the black which was really dark and vivid.

Handmade Soap Packaging - Use a Glassine Bag, Baker's Twine and Hand Carved Custom DIY Stamp

I folded over a 5″ x 7″ glassine bag that I stamped with my hand carved butterfly design to package a bar of soap. Then I wrapped washi tape around the top edges and tied it closed with a bit of Baker’s Twine. The bags can be used in a number of ways and would make really great handmade favor bags for parties and weddings. Or use your own hand stamped bags to wrap your small handmade gifts and soaps in for Mother’s Day or to dress up simple gift tags!

Don’t feel limited by the rubber blocks for making stamps though. You can also use rubber erasers or wine corks to create your own handmade stamps. And definitely don’t feel limited by paper and envelopes! You can also use your freshly carved rubber stamps to decorate your cold process soaps!

Beautiful DIY Gift Wrap – Homemade Wrapping Paper for Valentine’s Day

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DIY Gift Wrap - Homemade Wrapping Paper for Valentine's Day - Easy to Make, Beautiful to Gift
Looking for a simple way to create beautiful, handmade wrapping paper without a lot of fuss? Then check out ecosalon’s diy tutorial for printmaking with rolling pins! All you need is a classic wood rolling pin,craft foam,spray adhesive, scissors, masking tape, rubber bands, a piece of acrylic and some printing ink or acrylic paints. Then just cut your foam into the shapes of your choosing – think hearts for Valentine’s Day! – and adhere to the rolling pin and you’ll be on your way to rolling out hand printed gift wrap and cards! This is a great way to dress up plain paper that lacks pizazz or even upcycling the back side of printer paper, newpaper, even old Christmas wrapping paper that you thought you couldn’t use until the end of the year! View the step by step tutorial here.
Do you give gifts for Valentine’s Day, go out for dinner, have a lovely evening in, or just skip this holiday all together?

Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

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Wrapping those Christmas gifts at the last minute but don’t want them to look like they were rushed? Here are a few stylish and pretty diy gift wrap ideas that will keep you at home and away from the malls on Christmas Eve! Plus links to free printable gift tags and wrap!
DIY Last Minute Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tag
This first idea is my own. I keep seeing tutorials for diy upcycled cereal box and washi tape gift tags. The problem with that is the backs of the cereal boxes with are difficult to cover with washi tape. So I used a tissue box instead. (I certainly had plenty of empty ones with all the colds and sinus infections going around this year.)
DIY Handmade Gift Tags - Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tags
Tissue boxes already have pretty designs (pictured above) so the back of the tag is already perfect! Just add washi tape to the front! Then simply add a strip of washi tape around some plain wrapping paper and tie the gift tag on with baker’s twine for simple but elegant gift wrap!
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