The stockings are hung and I am almost on Christmas vacation!!! I thought I would get a head start on the wrapping to get in the festive spirit. Each year I tend to have one ‘theme’ for wrapping. Two years ago it was using a punch-label-maker on hand stamped paper. Last year was flocking the names and woodland creatures on butcher paper and tying them up with bakers twine. This year I decided I wanted to use some Popsicle sticks I had lying around…
If I hadn’t used flocking last year, I would have loved to create that velvety look on the wood again this year, but to try and switch things up I decided to use a wood burner. The whole thing was far easier than I thought it was going to be. I had visions of splitting wood while trying to drill and tons of discards while using the burner free hand. But the reality was it is super easy. I used a 1/8″ drill bit and was able to drill through 6 (or so) sticks at a time. If I wasn’t a lazy crafter I might have taped them together, but to be honest, there is no need. I was able to drill through the sticks by just holding them in a stack. I used an old wood burner I have had for years. It works just like a pen and is really easy. Coming back to the lazy crafter theme, I didn’t pre-draw the names. I just took the burner and started scripting the names. They are far from perfect or any structured typeface, but we can just classify the ‘winging it’ style as character and all the mistakes as rustic additions.
Then all it took was tying up the popsicle sticks with rough twine and pulling them around gifts that were wrapped with; kraft paper, Costco Envision Brown paper towel rolls, and some awesome Birch wrapping paper from HomeSense (this is what I wrapped our pipes in). All things I had in the house.
Here they are under the tree waiting to be opened….