DIY Shibori Paper

mam for gift wrap blog gave that shibori printed paper wrapped gift

After purchasing a few Thakoon pieces a few years back I became really interested in finding out more about the Japanese technique and art of dying called Shibori. Our hippie tie-dye is an apparent descendant. Since then numerous designers have added Shibori prints to their collections with one of the most prolific being Proenza Schouler. Last year it was acid green but this year they seem to have returned to more traditional roots with my favorite splotchy bleeds of inky black on white.

Could this be done to wrapping paper? (you know, my obvious, constant question in life) and the answer is absolutely. Some of the examples I've seen have been unreal. Of course with paper things are a tad more limited. Instead of tiny knots, sewing, twisting, dipping, you are more restricted to folding and clamping. Much like Origami.

This is the results of my first attempts. With this, you never are certain what the results will be. After allowing the paper to dry completely, it was unfolded and ironed out. It still maintained lots of texture and was easy to wrap around the gift box.
mam for gave that shibori printed paper
mam for gave that shibori printed gift wrap handmade by marie
DIY Handmade Shibori Wrapping Paper Wrapped Present
mam for gave that shibori printed paper

Shibori prints by Proenza Schouler.
Shibor Papers by Kate's Paperie Shop

Shibori Papers by Kate's Paperie, $4.95 each.

Image: mam for Gave That | Proenza Schouler | Kate's Paperie

For more gift wrap looks and techniques see my gift design ideas area of the blog here.


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