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February 7, 2011

Luxe Hand-Stamped Gift Wrap | Tutorial

Though I mostly write about gift wrapping ideas using everyday materials, there's a part of me that craves designer gift wrap and luxurious finishing touches on my gifts. This is an easy tutorial that allows you to add luxe detail to your gifts - for pennies!

In hindsight, this tutorial was probably inspired by this simple image from Giver's Log (percolating in the recesses of my mind for the past year):

Tissue paper is such a throwaway item for most of us, but this beautifully stamped paper is far from boring and toss-able!

-Acrylic paint
-Empty spool of thread
-Paper (Can even be repurposed. I used packing paper - the kind that glassware is packed in - and found the crinkles just added to the interest.)

Find a good work surface - one that won't be ruined if you get a little paint on it. Pour paint into an old plastic lid. Dip the spool and stamp away!

You can also make coordinating gift labels! I took a couple of name tags and made them into fancy labels for mailing gifts. Super easy.

I used white packing paper and silver paint, but you don't need me to tell you the variations are endless! I'd love to see how this comes out with white paint on a dark paper. Also, if you have rubber stamps and a stamp pad, break them out and have at it!

With Valentine's Day approaching, do you have any tips for luxe but affordable gift-giving and wrapping?

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Linked up at Craft Schooling Sunday.


  1. Love your tutorial! Stop by and leave a link for it on my Creative Monday blog and share.

  2. This is so pretty and something simple enough for me to do. Thanks for the idea.

  3. @Betty & @Beth - Thanks, ladies! Beth, I often make things more complicated than they have to be - so I'm glad that this tutorial came out so straightforward!

  4. i have so many spools kicking around here, and what a fabulous use for them. thanks for the inspiration, charissa!

  5. @deepblueseadesigns - Hi Heather! Yes, break 'em out! This would make great gift wrap for all the awesome reversible baby pants you've been cranking out.
    : )

  6. Referring to my earlier comment, I would be the Paper Tiger out of Shanghai that deserves the honors.

  7. Very nice! Forgot to mention that I also had that children's book of Japanese stories growing up, and was reading it to my kids last time I went to visit my parents! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  8. @creativejewishmom/Sara - Thanks for visiting! How nice to know that that little storybook is making lasting memories around the world.

    Thanks for hosting Craft Schooling Sunday! It's a lovely idea.

  9. what a fun idea! I love how the spool looks when it's stamped!

  10. @katiebug92 - Thanks! Maybe you could use it for your scrapbooking?


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