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Make your own doggy wrapping paper

Your family will be delighted to see familiar faces on their gifts this year when you make this adorable doggy wrapping paper. This is a fun craft that you can do with the kids, and it’s easy to make enough for all of your friends and family.

What You’ll Need For This Project:

Craft supplies to make your own doggy stamps

To Make The Stamp:

Acrylic Plexiglass

Toothpicks

Silicone Caulking

Print-outs of your dogs from DogBreedCartoon

To Make The Wrapping Paper:

Large Pad of “Newsprint” Paper

Acrylic Paint

Foam Roller

Step #1: Create Your Design

If you have multiple dogs, you can arrange more than one Dog Breed Cartoon to make it look as though they’re sitting beside one another. Make sure you print out your dogs to be the right size in proportion to one another. If you have a mutt, or if your dog has unique markings, you can use a colored marker to modify the cartoon.

If you decide to add words to your design, remember that they will be flipped horizontally when you use your stamp.

Step #2: Trace Your Design

Protect your surface with scrap paper. Lay down the cartoons, then place the Plexiglass on top. You may need to trim the Plexiglass by scoring it with a craft blade and then snapping it over the edge of your table.

You can tape the design to the bottom of the Plexiglass to keep it from moving.

Open your silicone caulk and cut the tip so your opening is as small as possible, to help you create a precise design.

Trace your design in caulk. You may want to practice on a piece of scrap paper first. If you make a mistake, you can gently nudge away the caulk with a toothpick or your finger, or you can wash it away while it is still wet and start over. Use a toothpick to smooth down any peaks, and try to keep the design level, without any parts protruding more than others.

When you’re done, allow the caulk to cure for 24 hours. Keep it somewhere safe where it will not be touched.

Step #3: Paint The Stamp.

Using a foam roller, apply a thin layer of acrylic paint to your stamp. The trick is to apply the right amount, not too much, not too little. Thick paint works best, you can let your paint sit for a few minutes before applying to help it thicken.

Step #4: Stamp!

Press the stamp to the paper. Apply extra pressure to the center of the stamp and on important details to ensure every part touches the paper. You may need to practice a few times to get it just right.

Wash off your stamp completely before applying a second color. If some paint is tough to remove, allow it to dry before you add a second color.

Most acrylic paint dries quickly, so your wrapping paper will be ready to use in as little as fifteen minutes. You can tape sheets together to create wrapping paper that is wide enough for large gifts.

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