I love the details of pretty gift wrap, but I don't like to spend a lot on it. I'd rather invest more in the gift I'm giving, so I usually purchase a package of plain Kraft gift bags and add my own details to achieve a more elaborate look.
It's apple season, so the fruit is readily available as a craft supply-- apple stamps! As a child, I was fascinated when I discovered the star shape the apple core makes when cut in half. I loved it so much, I started stamping things with it! I still use the method now to jazz up plain tissue paper!
You will need:
Craft Paint in desired colors
White Tissue Paper
Newspaper or Scratch Paper
1. Cut the apple in half horizontally. Remove the seeds from the apple core. I used a toothpick to do this. You want the "stars" as hollow as possible to create a stamp.
2. You can use the entire apple halves as stamps, but I prefer to cut some of the excess off. Cut around the core to create a circle or pentagon shape. Pour desired paint colors onto paper plate.
I love the olive green and blush pink trend that's popping up everywhere for fall!
3. Lay out a sheet of tissue paper completely unfolded onto of newspaper or scratch paper. The paint will bleed through, so protect your surface.
Dip the apple stamp into the paint. I used a sheet of scratch paper to blot some excess paint out of the stamp before stamping the tissue paper. Carefully press the stamp down on the tissue paper and pull straight up to remove. Repeat randomly all over the tissue paper.
Use one color of paint at a time. Rinse and pat the stamp dry between each color.
4. Once you've filled the sheet of tissue, allow it to dry. Then, fold up your pretty new patterned paper to store, or use right away with a coordinating color!
These simple stamps add such a fun detail to plain gift wrap. The gift bag could be stamped too! This project is so easy, it would be great for kids to try too!