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Wax Paper Gift Wrap

Today's tutorial is for wax paper gift wrap.
I first discovered it on Pinterest. The pin led me to Martha Stewart's website with a short described tutorial. It wasn't very helpful, and after one failed attempt, I discovered a different way to do it that gave the same result, but was easier to do.

Here's what you need:
  • iron, set to medium heat, and an ironing board or table cover (towels work as well)
  • 2 sheets of wax paper cut to desired size (I used 16" x 20")
  • tissue paper in desired colours (I used pink and purple)
  • paper towel larger than your pieces of wax paper
  • scissors, craft knife and or craft punch (I used my Martha Stewart heart punch)

I started out by cutting one sheet of each colour of tissue paper into easier to fold pieces. I cut it into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces. Then cut the 2/3 piece in half.

I folded it so that there were 16 layers. 

I punched out a few hearts (all 16 layers).

I separated the heart, keeping 5-6 layers together. You don't need more than 4 if they remain together, but more if they become separated. 

Then I laid out my table top ironing mat onto my table (technically Jon's painting table). I put paper towel on top of it and turned my iron onto medium and let it heat up while I cut my wax paper.

I cut four sheets to start because I knew I'd probably screw up at least once so I wanted to have a back up for this post. 

 I placed one sheet of wax paper onto my paper towel covered ironing mat. I placed my hearts on the wax paper, layering extra where needed.

I layered paper towel on top of my wax paper and ran my iron over it as if I were ironing a shirt. Your wax paper layers should adhere to each other. There may be air bubbles and the edges might not always adhere completely, but I haven't exactly 'ironed' that out yet. That was a terrible joke.

When you're finished it should look something like this. It looks different when held up. From here you can wrap cookies or a loaf and give them as a gift, or you could turn them into envelopes.

I decided that instead of ruining my second sheet, pictured above, I used my terrible first attempt. The hearts would be brighter and more noticeable. I used my tape gun to hold it together, but I think I'll try tucking folded paper towel into the envelope and ironing the edges together to secure them. You could also use colourful staples or you could sew them together by hand.

Hope you all have fun with this one! I'd love to see your projects! Feel free to e-mail them to me and I'll put together a post of your submissions in the future.

Have a great day!


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