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How-Tuesday: Snowflake Gift Wrap with the NewNew Team

Dec 17, 2009

by HeyMichelle

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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:

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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  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Great snowflakes. They look fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • dmollison

    dmollison said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I love those related items!

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 8 years ago

    nice! Cutesie have the best clips, wtg!

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 8 years ago

    LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing!

  • metzypants

    metzypants said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous ! :)

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago


  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 8 years ago

    best snowflakes in brooklyn!

  • cakehouse

    cakehouse said 8 years ago

    awesome tutorial!

  • Sinta

    Sinta said 8 years ago

    Beautiful snowflakes :) Thanks for the tutorial.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 8 years ago

    Very nice! I am making my own gift wrap this year. :-)

  • Studio618

    Studio618 said 8 years ago

    How do you guys make such fun tutorials? And of course what would the holidays be without snowflakes!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    I love the wall stickie christmas snowflakes! They is so pretty!

  • Cajajewelry

    Cajajewelry said 8 years ago

    Great tutorial! Thanks

  • kingfishercrafts

    kingfishercrafts said 8 years ago

    Bingo! Great perfect go-to for how-to. Go ACEteam

  • prittyaht

    prittyaht said 8 years ago

    who knew screen printing could be such fun! i love your tutorials! thanks

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 8 years ago

    That was really great! A great way to finish a super customized piece great work ladies!

  • alidesign

    alidesign said 8 years ago

    Wonderful and cute idea! Definitely going to recycle paper bags into wrapping paper this year!

  • englishmuffinshop

    englishmuffinshop said 8 years ago

    love the postcard idea, random design. great job :)

  • bayanhippo

    bayanhippo said 8 years ago

    Great job! Thanks for the tutorial.:)

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 8 years ago

    I love the results!!! Thanks for sharing newnewteam!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 8 years ago

    This is such a great idea! Thankyou so much for sharing it, I'm all inspired now :)

  • quarks

    quarks said 8 years ago

    wow! what a welcomed idea!!! thank you.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    Etsy snowflakes melt my heart! I love them all!

  • modernitem

    modernitem said 8 years ago

    let it snow! thanks for the great ideas!

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 8 years ago

    Ikyoto is awesome sauce!

  • bonecalinda

    bonecalinda said 8 years ago

    Very cool! (no pun intended)

  • littleredbear

    littleredbear said 8 years ago

    Another great article and items!!Cool wrapping paper from Juliapott!

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 8 years ago

    Love the tutorial video!!! Excellent :) I used to work as a designer in the screenprinting company. We done it a bit different way. But this video was really entretaining :)

  • imfromanotherplanet

    imfromanotherplanet said 8 years ago

    Videos are awesome! Etsy articles are really helping me in various ways! Although next time I hope we see more undiscovered sellers for the related items and even for handpicked items in the front page.

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 8 years ago

    This is so beautiful! I wish I had a silkscreener :(

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 8 years ago

    Looks like fun! Take the handmade holiday to a whole new level.

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 8 years ago

    Looks great! I can't wait to see it in use at our handmade cavalcade!

  • rifferaff

    rifferaff said 8 years ago

    cute tute! i love screenprinted gift wrap. :) thanks for including my wrap in the realted items section!

  • MyRusticRose

    MyRusticRose said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! These are lovely :)

  • sodapoprocks

    sodapoprocks said 8 years ago

    Pete & Matt's tutorial: "Big globe of fire rotating around the Earth?" Fact check please? o.O

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and great recycling idea! Thanks for sharing it ^^

  • audreys

    audreys said 8 years ago

    Great Video! I am a new Fan!

  • VasePlace

    VasePlace said 7 years ago

    "Crystal" Clear!

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 7 years ago

    Love it! great idea!

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn said 7 years ago

    If I did not have so many unfinished projects already, it would be fun I think to start a new one. Thanks.

  • Joeysdreamgarden

    Joeysdreamgarden said 7 years ago

    This is so lovely!! I love snowflakes (who doesn't??) and these designs are gorgeous. Great video, thanks ladies! :D

  • sweetcreekherbs

    sweetcreekherbs said 7 years ago

    Thank you!!!

  • lovejill

    lovejill said 7 years ago

    I am in love with all things snowflake!!

  • shellydaly

    shellydaly said 7 years ago

    So beautiful, thank you, newnew team. You were our neighbors at the BMAC in Philly in August! We like you.... BEST Baltimore Craft

  • FridaWer

    FridaWer said 7 years ago

    GENIALE!!! genius!!! *.* great and simple video...thank you :)

  • Jellybeandiapers

    Jellybeandiapers said 7 years ago

    way cute. sadly the link to download it, went to an error page..... is there another way for me to get my hands on this print?

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Hmmm, error for me too! Let me know when its back up please! The requested URL /how_to/NewNew_giftwrap_snowflake.pdf was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  • Ikyoto

    Ikyoto said 7 years ago

    The link is back up!

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 7 years ago

    oool gift wrap - can't wait to try it out!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 7 years ago

    Great idea!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    A very merry idea! I know I don't have time to make screen printed gift wrap this year but old fashioned, simple potato stamps are quick & easy to make plus kids love printing their own wrapping paper too. (Don't let little ones cut designs in the potatoes, though!) Thanks for this!

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 7 years ago

    really lovely tutorial!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    I love it! I'm so going to do it as I have all the meterials!! Good Luck NewNew team!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    How fun, love the snowflakes!!!!

  • PreciousPromisesAust

    PreciousPromisesAust said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love snowflakes. Great project.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    very nice idea- thanks!

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 7 years ago

    whoo hoo! Go NewNew!!!!

  • CarlaValverde

    CarlaValverde said 7 years ago

    I loved the idea, I would love to try!

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 7 years ago

    What a fun idea! I love snowflakes, rigidly beautiful, and yet so fragile.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    i love snowflakes. have a look at postcards i made for my family with snowflakes)))

  • dezignsbygigi

    dezignsbygigi said 7 years ago

    Great all the snowflakes...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice nice!

  • Bluebrooch

    Bluebrooch said 7 years ago

    Awesome showflakes. I also like the cranberyy ruffle clutch!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 7 years ago

    if only i had more than 2 inches square space to craft in, i'd be so into screen printing! i studied it at tafe and it was my fave subject! :)

  • candythomasgourdart

    candythomasgourdart said 7 years ago

    Very nice!I love all the different snowflakes and that turquoise necklace-gorgeous!Thanks :)

  • Lipeony

    Lipeony said 7 years ago

    very awesome! =D

  • viking1833

    viking1833 said 7 years ago


  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 7 years ago

    cool stuff

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love, love, LOVE this project. recycling is oh so important!

  • Synseerly

    Synseerly said 7 years ago

    hilarious 'torial : ) and very informative - "wear your goggles" !!!

  • PotatoBoutique

    PotatoBoutique said 7 years ago

    Thank you! It sounds so fun!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    That is sooooo cool!! I love learning new techniques, especially eco friendly ones! Thanks for sharing!! Audrey

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    I love when a tutorial inspires people to try it!! Must say it was great fun designing snowflakes for the project and then seeing such a beautiful finished product :)

  • CalaverasApparel

    CalaverasApparel said 7 years ago

    great tutorial! just started screen printing a few weeks ago and this gives me some great ideas. thanks :]

  • Gwendolynsdesign

    Gwendolynsdesign said 7 years ago

    Great stuff, how fun!

  • urartist

    urartist said 7 years ago

    That is so cool! Thanks for sharing. I love eco-friendly projects like this. Great job guys.

  • cozettebyclearcat

    cozettebyclearcat said 7 years ago

    awesome~!! thanks~!!!

  • FairyDecos

    FairyDecos said 7 years ago

    I like this. If I have all of those things that´s needed, I surely could try to print some patterns by myself. Maybe someday. But great video! Thanks :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    Aw this is so pretty!!

  • FridaMadeIt

    FridaMadeIt said 7 years ago

    That is such a good Idea, I hate when you end up with all presents in the same paper, under the tree. Bad surprise factor. Pretty snowflakes too.

  • humunuku

    humunuku said 7 years ago


  • FeltvsCrochet

    FeltvsCrochet said 7 years ago

    Seems so simple and still so sophisticated.

  • babook

    babook said 7 years ago

    complete big project but really useful i love it ....thanks etsy good project ; )

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 7 years ago

    I love screenprinting!!!very interesting!!!!! can I have a translation in italian? and Peter....or Matt for assistant?

  • chgraveur

    chgraveur said 7 years ago

    very interesting

  • countryfolkheart

    countryfolkheart said 7 years ago

    Lovely! Great job ladies and thank you!

  • Revaa

    Revaa said 7 years ago


  • differentsoaps

    differentsoaps said 7 years ago

    love that its all recycled great job ladies!

  • runawaydreams

    runawaydreams said 7 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • delightfuldaisy

    delightfuldaisy said 6 years ago

    Makes me want more snow!

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