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How-Tuesday: Snowflake Gift Wrap with the NewNew Team

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We published this how-to last year but we’re bring it back up for your holiday preparations!

Etsy How-Tuesday presents Kari aka ikyoto and Stella aka lookcloselypress of The {NewNew} York Team. Today we’re going to learn how to screenprint our own snowflake gift wrap for the holidays. Kari and Stella remind us that recycling paper bags is a great source for materials for this kind of project.

The snowflake screenprint graphic was designed by the NewNew Street Team with each individual snowflake from a different member of the team. To download the unique snowflake graphic for this project, check out their team blog. The following members contributed a design:

redbridge.etsy.com
pulpsushi.etsy.com
cakehouse.etsy.com
Jantar.etsy.com
mshoelace.etsy.com
AdornmentsNYC.etsy.com
ikyoto.etsy.com
lookcloselypress.etsy.com
Kimmchi.etsy.com
karensmonsters.etsy.com
citybitz.etsy.com
allenelaspina.etsy.com
bungaloe.etsy.com
mayluk.etsy.com
luckx4.etsy.com
cajajewelry.etsy.com
bshorr.etsy.com
lapistolera.etsy.com
linguanigra.etsy.com
Fubabee.etsy.com
wabisabibrooklyn.etsy.com
jdavisstudio.etsy.com
bluestitchbooks.etsy.com

For more of their work, simply search “newnewteam”.

Materials Needed:

  • Silk Screen
  • Squeegee
  • Paper Bags / Junk Mail / Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Ink Spreader / Spatula / Stirring Stick
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • A flat protected surface (table with construction paper works just fine)

Steps for Making Screenprinted Gift Wrap:

  • Cut up your bags until they lay flat.
  • Iron the bags with the iron on a cotton setting with some steam.
  • Lay one bag on a flat protected surface (you can tape the edges down if you like).
    • Place the screen over the bag.
    • Have a friend hold the screen firmly in place.
    • Use an ink spreader, spatula, or stirring stick to put some ink evenly along one edge of the screen.
    • Using a squeegee firmly press down and pull the ink across the design holding the squeegee at a 45º angle.
    • Carefully lift the screen, while holding the paper down to separate the two.
    • Repeat swiftly until you notice the ink starting to gum in the screen at which point: rinse!

For more about burning your own screen to print with, check out this tutorial with Pete and Matt.

 

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