Last year I wrapped my gifts in reused shopping bags and decorated them with washi tape. This year I decided to reuse shopping bags again, but this time I carved potatoes into Christmas shapes and used them to stamp the brown paper bags.
Making potato stamps is something my high school art teacher taught me. She had a print making project she wanted to do with our class but the linoleum that is used to carve for stamps was too expensive to buy for the entire class- potatoes fit her budget! People have been using potatoes to make stamps for a long time :)
A lot of the stores I shop at (Trader Joe's, Sur La Table, Whole Foods ect.) use brown paper bags and I save them all year so I have enough come wrapping time!
The candy cane potato stamp I made was my favorite.
Trees... I sprinkled some of them with glitter before they dried to make them sparkle.
Preppy little bows.
I glued pom poms to some packages. This one looks very Dr. Seuss, making it my favorite this year.
I'm done shopping and done wrapping... time to kick back and enjoy this wonderful season!
ps- If you need more diy wrapping paper inspiration and you missed last year's washi tape gift wrap, click here!