Funfetti-style celebrations are best saved for turning another year older. Or eating dunkaroo pop tarts. Maybe it's a rejection of the ultra classy wine-and-cheese soirees 15-year-old me thought I'd be having to celebrate my friend's 25th birthdays, but I can't get enough of sprinkle patterned things right now.
It's so easy (and fun) to DIY and customize your own wrapping paper. Seriously, see below — there's no reason to buy paper when it's this fun to make your own. If you have paint and an eraser in your home, you can pull this off.
- White wrapping paper
- Block printing ink or acrylic paint in 3-4 coordinating colors
- Rubber block (either for block printing or even an eraser would do)
- Utility knife or linoleum carving tool
Step one: Wrap your gifts
My gifts came in bright packaging, which showed through the white paper, so I had to wrap the gifts twice. This is an extra step, but it also ensures that you won't get paint or ink on your presents.
Step two: Prepare your stamp
This method might differ a bit depending on the material you are using. I used a utility knife to cut a 2-inch by 1/4-inch piece of a rubber block intended for block printing. You could also get away with using scissors or a craft knife depending on how soft your material is.
Step three: Prepare your ink
I used oil-based block printing ink, which is a bit thicker than acrylic paint. It needs shaken up first and then smoothed or rolled out. Essentially, you want the color to be in smooth, flat area rather than a big pool so that you're only getting as much as you need on the stamp to make your design.
Step four: Start stamping
The last step is the simplest: Stamp a random sprinkle pattern to your liking on your prepared gifts. The order and distribution of the colors is up to you. Unless you decide to make multiple stamps, you'll need to wash the stamp with soap and water between colors, so make sure to plan ahead a bit how you want to distribute the colors.
Photos and text © Theresa Berens 2015.