Today we are very excited to welcome Natalie to the blog. She is here to share about her process for making gift wrap from plants she has scanned with her printer!
In spring I made some papier mâché bowls with dry flowers and grass. I wondered how the flowers would look copied? It turns out, really nice! It was a busy time then for me and the flower paper never made it to the blog. This autumn Dawn showed some direct-copies made from leaves on her Instagram account. I wrote about my spring paper and this guest post is the result!
Make your own nature motif gift wrap paper:
The key? Get some nice leaves and flowers from the garden and use the copy-mode from your All-In-One-Printer, that’s all.
What You Need
• Plants from the November-Garden: fern, grass, daisy, hawkweed, barberry
• Copy Paper A4, white
• Optional: Picture-Software
Note: Branches with small leaves, long grass, fern and flowers work well. If you use them fresh, like i did, you may tape a paper to the lid for protection. Don’t use berries. Don’t forget to clean the glass afterwards!
Sprinkle the barberry, or other leaves you have collected, on the glass from your printer, put down the lid and press the copy-button.
You’ve got your first gift-wrap paper! If you like it, best to make a scan from it and store it on your hard-drive for an other occasion.
For the wrap it’s best to have an interesting bit in the middle of the paper. If you’re not sure how much you should put together, use the preview-function on your computer and have a look. If necessary remove or add more plants.
You can also use photo editing software to help clean up the result. In the photo above I used bright and bark-correction in the upper part.
The original copy is good, but if you’ve got photo software, you can make the print even better.
Another option is to copy the branch only with black and white.
You can start to wrap your smaller parcels with your paper. From these november plants I made 6 different papers in half an hour.
You can also fold an easy origami box, called masu, with the paper (left, in the picture). Use the plant-print for the top and a white or colored one for the bottom. Find video-tutorials by searching for it on the internet: origami, box, masu.
Thank you for inviting me to write this guestpost here on Mud Puddles to Meteors. I am looking forward to see all your paper prints! Please share them with us on Instagram by tagging #mudtometeors or in the Facebook group!
Zürich, Natalie Kramer, 14.11.14
Natalie blogs at schaeresteipapier. Her blog is filled with cool stuff to do with your kids. She lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland with her husband and 9 year-old son.
You can find her on Instagram here: @schaeresteipapier