Homemade Holiday Wrapping Paper

Whip up ink stamps for pennies and create a bevy of beautiful gift wrap, cards, and more.

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Wrap Stars

Photograph by Aaron Dyer

Wrap Stars

Make your own one-of-a-kind wrapping paper, perfect for packaging all of your gifts this season.

Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Craft Foam Stamps

Photograph by Aaron Dyer

Craft Foam Stamps

These easy stamps leave a nice, sharp image. Draw your design in reverse on adhesive-backed craft foam. Cut out the shape and stick it to a wood block or sturdy cardboard. Stamp with an ink pad.

Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Clay Stamps

Photograph by Aaron Dyer

Clay Stamps

You can sculpt a stamp, too! Roll air-drying modeling clay into a ball. Create a flat surface by pressing the ball onto a table. For letters, push a plastic letter magnet, magnet side out, into the flat circle. Or form a shape, like the cat shown. Add details with improvised tools, such as a fork, pencil point, and marker cap. Use the stamp with an ink pad before the clay dries.

Take It Further: For a longer-lasting clay stamp, use Model Magic, which still has some give when dry. Follow the clay instructions above and let the stamp dry before using.

Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Copyright © 2013 Meredith Corporation.

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Found Object Stamps

Photograph by Aaron Dyer

Found Object Stamps

Experiment with gluing household items to wood blocks or cardboard and "inking" them in a shallow dish of paint. We love the look of bubble wrap (top), rubber bands wrapped around a block (middle left), corrugated cardboard with the top layer peeled off (middle right), and clothesline (bottom).

Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Copyright © 2013 Meredith Corporation.

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Stamped Snowman Card

Stamped Snowman Card

Stamped Snowman Card

Kids love stamping, and this easy craft helps them turn out tons of cards, gift wrap, and more.

Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.

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