Our favourite: DIY wrapping paper

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Remember using potato stamps at Kindy? Why have I forgotten this awesome stamping method up until now? If you like a bit of DIY, you can use simple potato stamps to make your own personalised wrapping paper this Christmas.

To make your personalised Christmas wrapping paper, you’ll need:

  • 1 potato
  • Plain wrapping paper
  • Paint (or PVA glue and food colouring)
  • A knife
  • Hairspray

I used brown paper from the post shop, because brown paper packages tied up with string are another of my favourite things.

Let’s get started:

1. Begin with the paint. If you don’t have any paint, you can make some nice brick red by mixing PVA glue with red & yellow food colouring (unofficial paint recipe invented by me!).

2. Now for the potato stamp. Using the knife, cut your potato in half. This is your stamp base.

3. Next, lightly draw the shape of your stamp into the white flesh of the potato. I did a simple Christmas tree.

Once you’re happy with the shape, cut it in deeply about an inch (2.5cm) into the potato flesh. It would be handy if you had another sharp implement, such as a skewer or baking cutting tool for this step.

4. Using the knife again, cut in a circumference around a inch down from the top of the potato. Chunks will come off, leaving just the shape you made.

5. Now spread or dip the potato in the paint. Not too much, because it’ll drip down the paper when it dries. Some drips can be okay and make it look more homemade-y.

6. The fun part! On a flat surface (in case you were working on a challengingly uneven surface up until now) start stamping your potato on the paper. One dip will last about 4 stamps.

I did rows of christmas trees, but you could do staggered or randomly placed shapes too.

7. Finally, spray with hairspray to set, then leave it flat or hang it up to dry (just beware of those drips!)

For variations, try green or gold paint, adding glitter, other shapes like stars or snowmen, and gold or white paper.

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