Christmas Crafts – Printing With Oranges

I love brown paper wrapped presents at Christmas, tied up with raffia or twine. This year I decided to print on some brown paper and gift bags to add a bit of Christmas sparkle. This could be a good project to do with the kids.

What we used

Brown paper
Brown paper handled gift bags
An orange
Gold acrylic paint
A plate
An old book

What we did

  1. Cut the orange in half and place face down on kitchen roll. We left overnight to allow the orange to dry out but this is optional.
  2. Spread some of the gold paint out on a plate and dip in the orange. Remove any excess paint with a paintbrush or by scraping against the side of the plate.
  3. Press the orange down onto the brown paper.
  4. Repeat until the sheet is covered, the paint will need to be reapplied every two to three prints. Simple geometric patterns work well.
  5. We repeated this process for the gift bags.
  6. For the gift tags we printed onto the page of an old damaged book. Cut it out and back with card. We will then punch a hole and tie on with twine.

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!

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