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Advent DIY Day 19: Wrapping Paper and Ribbon by Supercraft

Dec 19, 2013

by Jo Casley

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Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.

Catharina and Sophie run the project Supercraft:  Every two months they release DIY kits with lots of material, tutorials and inspiration for new projects. These kits are available in their shop Supercraftlab. On top of Supercraft they have lots of other projects including the annual craft market hello handmade which they organise and their latest project Lemon Books (a platform for the design & manufacture of personalised notebooks).

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Why do you like shopping on Etsy?

There is something magical about handmade things. There is a designer/maker; a human being behind every product and you won’t find the love that goes into these  handmade items in industrially manufactured goods.

 What is your favourite handmade Christmas present?

Our mothers are knitting pros and every winter they knit something very cool for us! Last year Catharina got a cape made of thick wool and Sophie got a warm sweater that outshines every kind of sweater you could buy on the high street.

 Do you have a ritual that you do every Christmas?

Over the holiday season we consciously try to spend as much time as possible with our families and with each other. Every year, Sophie’s family goes on a ski vacation on Christmas Day. The whole family  put their  cross-country skis on and set off into the mountains! There isn’t anything better than frosty winter air after the busy Christmas season.

Materials:

  • Craft Foam

  • Old CD cases

  • Pen & scissors

  • Double-faced sticky tape

  • Acrylic paint

  • Fabric

  • Sponge

Instructions:

You can create fantastic wrapping paper with stamps you find in craft shops or with stamps you can make yourself.

  1. Draw a pattern / shape on to the foam and cut it out. This will form the pattern on your stamp.

  2. Glue the pattern/shape on to the transparent cover of the CD case to make your stamp (this way you can see where to place your stamp on the paper).

  3. Apply the acrylic paint to the stamp carefully with a small sponge, and press it firmly onto the paper.

  4. Repeat. Step by step you create your own, lovely paper with your favourite pattern!

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6. To replicate this idea and print on to ribbon, follow the same instructions for how to make a foam stamp but create a longer, thinner design.

7. Leave to dry. You are done!

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Have you made any Christmas advent DIYs? We’d love to see – send us pictures with the hashtag #ChristmasAdventDIY and we’ll share them on Facebook.com/EtsyUK and Twitter @EtsyUK.

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