When I was a little girl, I remember giving and receiving many gifts wrapped in the “funny” papers. Cute comic strips like “Ziggy”, “Peanuts”, and “Garfield” were some of my favorites. Not only was it economical, it was an added treat to be able to read my wrapping after I opened a gift!
I decided to try to elevate newspaper gift-wrap for Somerset Life magazine’s latest challenge.
First, I colored it:
*Little bit of water to cover the bottom
*Wilton icing colors (blue, pink, green, yellow)
I mixed each color separately, mixing a 1/4 tsp. of icing color into the water. Then I lay the newspaper in the tray and let it soak up the color like a sponge. Then I tore it up into manageable strips and let it dry. That’s it! (sorry I have no photos of this process, but I did it late at night)
I took some of the pink strips and wound them in tight circles to creat roses. I also took some of the blue and played around with it until it looked like a lily. I arranged the flowers and glued them onto a piece of cardboard, adding in some leaves here and there.
Next came the fun part. Glimmer Mist! ooh how I this stuff!!! My absolute favorite is “Sugar Plum Fairy”. I coated the whole package in shimmery plum, and then added some chunky crystal disco glitter to some of the leaves and petal tips.
I also added a shipping tag covered in newspaper and sprayed it as well. I found the phrase “Escape to a royal fantasy world” while I was perusing the paper. It sounded so lovely and mysterious…what could be in a box with a message like that?
Last but not least, I found a vintage costume clip earring that had the very same colors as the package! I love the contrast between the grunginess of the newspaper and the sparkle of the jewels.
I also created a smaller package using the same technique, only I made the roses very tiny for this one. I mounted this arrangement onto a piece of burlap garland, which I thought looked a lot better, but it was too late to go back and change the first one.
I hope this inspires you to give your old newspapers new life before they get thrown into the recycle bin!