paper + letterpress
I love making my own wrapping paper, it’s so quick and easy to do and it makes a gift extra special. I try to look for tools or objects that we already have to make effortless patterns!
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Here is the easy decorations we made for the West Elm Party (you can read about it here on Go Mighty.) I got the idea from a garland I saw in Chinatown. This could not be easier, honestly. You probably have everything you need to make these at home right now. All you need is paper, string, scissors and a stapler. The other nice thing about these garlands is they store really easily. You could make them in advance, stack and transport them until you need to install them. Simple! Click through below for the full instructions.
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I absolutely fell in love with this wine packaging and it inspired me to wrap small drink bottles for my son Oliver’s upcoming birthday party. It’s the perfect way to add some color to the table and it’s so easy to do! While trying out a few bottles I realized rice paper works a little bit better than tissue paper. It’s a little stronger so when you twist the paper around the bottle it won’t tear as fast. I decorated the paper with three different techniques: markers, bingo dots, and paint rollers. Which one is your favorite?
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Hey guys! I’m teaching some beginning letterpress classes happening this November in San Francisco. The classes are organized by date and by ink color (everyone in the class prints the same color ink.) Each class will teach basic printing skills using photopolymer plates on a Vandercook letterpress. Students can submit their own designs or choose from a template – and you get to print 250 of your own, custom letterpress cards! Snacks and supplies are provided. I hope to see you there! Sign up here.
Today, I’m so excited to share an exclusive paper flower DIY from my friends at Thuss + Farrell. I’ve loved the work of these awesome designers forever, so it’s an honor to partner with them on Oh Happy Day! This Dipped-Tip Paper Chrysanthemums DIY is inspired by the projects in their new book, Paper to Petal (which you should purchase immediately.) I preordered this book several months ago and when it arrived last week it did not disappoint. It is a masterpiece FOR REALS. For this Chrysanthemum project they crafted 2 color palettes: summer and autumn. I love that this flower is versatile and can be made in any color combination – so it’s great for parties and events! All the DIY instructions are included in the PDF below. Just click download to enjoy! If you’re interested in learning more about their paper crafts and book, visit their website and blog as well as their photo/design site.