Recycled Wrapping Paper and Tags + Simon’s DieCember® Hop!

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Recently I was looking at the stack of paper grocery bags destined for the recycle bin and thought to myself – what could I repurpose these into? Immediately I thought of my favorite style of wrapping paper, red and white on kraft! This project was so much fun to put together; I used the Prismatic Snowflakes stamp and dies from Simon Says Stamp’s DieCember® release to make the paper and matching tags!

To make the wrapping paper, I cut the paper bags open and into squares, stamping and stenciling patterns onto them. The snowflake pattern was stamped with the Prismatic Snowflakes set and I blended the polka dots with the I Like Big Dots stencil from Simon. Both patterns use Festive Berries Distress Oxide inks.

I embossed the tags on festive cardstock colors and added twine to each. I cannot wait to wrap some of my Christmas gifts with this DIY wrapping paper!

If you try this technique, would you do red and white colors? Or would you create a different holiday color combo? Let me know in the comments!


Simon Says Clear Stamps PRISMATIC…
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Simon Says Stamps and Dies PRISMATIC…
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Simon Says Stamp Stencil I LIKE BIG…
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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain PICKET…
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Set of 5 Rainbow Pack BLENDER BRUSHES
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Lawn Fawn SWEETHEART Single Cord Lawn…
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  • If you have already been hopping along, you should have arrived from my talented friend Cathy Zielske’s blog! The next stop is Nichol Spohr! You can find the entire hop list on the Simon Says Stamp blog.
  • Simon is giving away a $25 gift card at every stop in the hop! If you’d like to win one, leave a comment here and on every blog that’s participating.
  • There’s a special free gift offer available during the hop – use code JINGLE to get this American Crafts tag kit with your purchase!
  • Don’t miss Day 2 of the DieCember® release blog hop starting tomorrow, December 3rd! And for even more inspiration using the DieCember® release, check out the Simon Says Stamp galleries!

211 Responses

  1. Mary-Anne V says:

    Awesome inspiration! Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. Shelley Rodgers says:

    I always save paper grocery bags and have often used them as wrapping to mail packages. But I never thought to stamp them! Thank you for sharing your idea.

  3. Heidi Rees says:

    Beautiful project! Love these new products! Great inspiration!

  4. tina z says:

    very clever and beautiful!

  5. Kelly Hunsaker says:

    I love the idea of reusing paper bags in this way.

  6. Patti Nienberg says:

    So clever! And beautiful! I love snowflakes! Love them sparkly yoo!

  7. Kim Salito says:

    What a great idea. Love the matching wrap and tags.

  8. Donna Kalinowsky says:

    Love the tags and I have the stamps already to try it myself!

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