Make your next gift extra-special by hand-stamping your own wrapping paper!

From Lova: "I love stamps and today I decided to make gift wrapping using some stamps I recently bought. I used mulberry paper, which looks great with the stamps and also is great for wrapping. Simple patterns look great and it doesn't matter if the marks aren't perfectly aligned, or dark."



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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!

 

With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”

 

Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.

 

As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.

 

 

You will need:

Plain sheets of paper big enough to wrap your gifts. (Love used mulberry paper)

Rubber stamps

Ink pad

Sources we love:

Paper: Blick

Stamps & Ink: The Ink Pad in NYC orPaper Source




  1. Choose your stamps, ink and paper.
  2. Stamp out a simple repeating pattern onto your paper. (it's sometimes a good ide to test out your stamps and patterns on scrap paper first!)
  3. Allow the ink to dry.
  4. Wrap your gifts!

TIP:

it doesn't matter if the marks aren't perfectly aligned, or if not all your stamps come out perfectly.  It's what makes the paper look handmade and special!



Make your next gift extra-special by hand-stamping your own wrapping paper!
Photography by Susanna Blåvarg

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