Are you ready for Mother’s Day?
This gift wrap is perfect for Mom. It’s an all in one: card + gift bag that is complete with a flower. I’ve been so captivated by the Swedish Spring “Gulsippa” flowers (here) that I wanted to come up with a way to send some these to our Mothers (and the other special Mothers in our lives, too.) With Gray’s help, we’ll share both how we made these Spring Flowers and how to make the Handprint Gift Bags, too.
Watercolor paint for the flowers— we used green and yellow with white
Tempera Paint for the handprints
Brown Paper Bag (or brown craft paper is you prefer to make these as a standard wrapping paper)
PREP #1:1. Paint your coffee filters by first dipping the coffee filter into water. Once the coffee filter has been dampened, paint it. The material in coffee filters absorbs color unevenly (which I love) and I pushed this effect a little more by almost painting these in anombre effect (here): painting the base the darkest and working toward the end with lighter color. Let dry.
PREP #2:6. Using white paint, squeeze onto prepare palette (We use paper plates) and dip hand evenly onto the paper bag. Carefully create a handprint in the middle, bottom, of the brown paper bag. If you are could like to make traditional wrapping paper, fit the craft paper to your gift box, estimate the correct placement and make the handprint in the center of the box. Let dry.
2 + 3. Once the coffee filters are dry, cut across the filter, retaining the circular shape, making scallop cuts on the top edge and straight across on the bottom.
4. Wrap this cutting around the top of the twig. After making the first wrapping around the twig, glue the base of these petals and continue wrapping.
Using the green coffee filter, cut one larger leaf and write your greeting on this petal.
To assemble, first discreetly tape the leaf to the bag with greeting aware of placement. At an angle, so that it looks like the hand is holding the flower, tape the flower into the hand.