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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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