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Paper Scraps + Celery = Fabulous Gift Wrap

Yes, you read the title correctly... Celery!  Today I put together a little photo tutorial on creating your own gift wrap and tags using celery as a stamping tool.  This has been done before (it's not an original concept)... this is just my take on it.

I got into trouble for calling my last project "eco" so I don't want to make the same mistake here.  I do however encourage you to use paper scraps that you have laying around your home.  For the wrapping shown here I stamped paper bags from Trader Joe's as well as scrap tissue paper and other tiny bits of paper I had saved up from random craft projects.

You will need:

For the Gift Tissue (shown in the main image) you will need:

  • Scraps of tissue paper (white or colored)
  • Scissors
  • Paint (I used acrylic, but you can try other options)
  • Celery stock base.  You will need to have cut this as smoothly as possible to leave a nice straight stamping surface)
  • Art tray or plate (basically just a flat surface that you can pour your paint onto)

For the Gift Tags:

  • All the supplies listed above + paper scraps such as paper grocery bags, patterned, lined or graph papers
  • Standard Hole Punch
  • Large craft punches in the sizes you wish
  • Twine, ribbon, or string.


  • Jazz up your package with little treasures from around your home.  Buttons, beads, pinecones, mini animal figurines, etc... all have potential!
  • Create sturdier gift wrap using paper grocery bags (for small gifts) or kraft papers.
  • Don't forget to save the wrapping after your gifts have been unwrapped.  Even if it's been torn you can still create gift tags, etc from the leftovers!

Step 1)  Cut open a brown paper bag so that it lays relatively flat.  You can use either the printed side or the blank reverse (I used the printed in my example because I really loved the design). 
Step 2)  Put paint (any color you want) onto your tray/plate (you may need to brush it around so that it's not all in one lump).  Take your prepared celery stamp and dip it into your paint.  Check and be sure that it's fully coated.
Step 3)  Press your stamp down onto your paper with steady even pressure.  Be sure not to rock it from side to side or let it slide around.  Lift off your paper with a smooth motion.
Step 4)  Repeat as desired.  In the image I am stamping an area intended for gift tags, so I chose to make more than one print so that I could cut several tags from it.
Step 5)  Once your stamp has dried (if you're impatient like me, you can dry it with a hairdryer on a low setting) use craft punches to cut out your tags.  Punch at the top with a standard hole punch (so you can string twine through it later).
Step 6)  Using tissue paper or other gift wrap sized paper, repeat steps above until paper is covered in as many stamps as you like.  TIP: For tissue and other thin papers, be sure to place a scrap piece of paper beneath the sheet you are working on in case some of the paint comes through.  If you use more than one celery stock you can overlay colors for a really cool effect.
Step 7)  Allow paper to dry completely and then wrap up your gifts.
Step 8)  Embellish as you like!

This is also a great project to do with the kids in your life.  Always be sure to supervise, and take care when selecting your paint (you might want to pick something that is not permanent).  Whomever you create this with or for, have fun!

I'd love to see pictures of your finished packages!  If you'd like to share them with us leave a link to your masterpiece in the comment section below. xo Ez

Reader Comments (44)

Ez, your ingenious ideas never cease to amaze me! this is brilliant.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
I remember noticing how beautiful the base of celery was years ago- but this idea never occurred to me! Thanks! I will definitely try it!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel B
This is a FABULOUS idea! I can't believe how amazing it looks, and people would never guess it's stamped from celery. I'm definitely doing this project---maybe for holiday cards and gift tags as well as wrap. Thanks for the step-by-step!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe City Sage
Have I mentioned how awesome you are? I mean, if I had 1/4 of your creativity.....(this turorial makes me want to do a little dance of happiness! ) Look at that sweet package! I am doing this for sure and the other great thing, is that my girls can help and they will have so much fun! YAY! Thank you so much for this Ez, you are too good to us!xoxoMelis
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Brown
that's amazing! thanks for the idea!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMimie Wong
brilliant, and I love celery - makes a change from carrots!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfifi lapin
It looks like beautiful roses! Great project!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermolly
This is utterly brilliant.
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpenandpaper
That is fantastic!! Who knew celery would end up looking like big fluffy roses!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMizSmoochie
How fantastic! I definitely have to try this out! I would have never thought to cut up celery to make such a beautiful rose! Wonderful post and thanks for the great idea!
I absolutely adore this! I would have never thought that a celery stalk would make such a gorgeous design. Can't wait to try it!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Oh, I so love when you get crafty!!! Gorgeous!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B.
Love it, you are so creative!! I would never have thought of that in a million years!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSugar Plum
celery = brilliant. hmm i wonder if bell peppers would produce some interesting designs? apples for sure ;)
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica
I know lots of people have said the exact same thing, but this is totally brilliant.
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
this is SO great!! how wonderfully creative! i'm definitely inspired to try my hand at some celery stamping!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarrie
this is beautiful! thx for all of the free tips. i also wanted to let you know i used your "do you know how ___ you are" cards as thank you's after my bridal shower last month. they were a big hit. thanks again.
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbo
I love this Ez, fabulous project. Makes me want to use my peppers as they have a lovely shape when sliced in half. :)
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdecor8
This is the "healthiest" recipe I've ever seen for celery. ;)

Looks great.
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Mathis
I adore this idea! I'll have to try this out soon...
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
this looks amazing! never guessed that u used celery! cool...i shall try this too! thank you for this brilliant idea. :o)
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterah Teo
wow! I never would have guessed that rose print was formed from a celery stick. how clever!
December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeska
this is just fantastic!!!thinking outside of the box here - looks great!!i made some of these birdy tags

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranastasia
what a wonderful idea! can't wait to try it
December 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterellie
How lovely, I might use this idea for wrapping party favors at my wedding next year.
December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStella

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