Block print gifts: 4 ways to give DIY bandanas for Mother’s Day

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Block print gifts check a bunch of boxes for those of us who want to put some creativity into our Mother’s Day gift ideas. Use a fun technique? Check. That doesn’t require a gazillion expensive tools? Check. And lets us play with patterns and color? Check. Oh, also makes it easy to create multiples and versions? Check and check. Using the same skills we taught in our Block Printing Basics workshop, Hallmark Designer Ashley H. worked some lino printing magic on plain white bandanas and shows us four different ways to turn them into creative gifts.

Tools for block print gifts: brayer, linoleum block, rubber stamp carving tool, fabric paint, plain white bandana, cutting board

Supplies for block print gifts

Block print gifts: Carving a design into a linoleum block

How to make block print gifts

The most fun part is coming up with your pattern and colors. For inspiration, head over to our post on Block Print Basics. You can make it as simple or complex as you’d like:

  • Create one stamp or several.
  • Use one or more paint colors.
  • Make patterns or pictures.
  • Keep the designs separate or let them dry and layer them.
  • Cover the bandana completely or simply stamp the corners.

Block print gifts: Using a brayer to add paint to a cut stamp

Once you’ve cut your stamp design, use the brayer to roll on paint.

Pro tip

Practice painting and stamping on plain paper first to see how much coverage you’ll need.

Block print gifts: Adding paint to a DIY rubber stamp

Block print gifts: Stamping a bandana

Carefully press your stamp on to the fabric, and lift it off slowly.

Block print gifts: Stamping a bandana

Let your design dry, and follow any instructions on the fabric paint (like ironing or setting in a hot dryer).

Block print gifts: Rubber stamped bandana

Four ways to deliver your block print gifts

You can give your linocut bandanas in approximately a gazillion ways. Here are four we love.

Gift wrapped in DIY bandana

Use it as a fabric wrap for a box of chocolates, books or a homemade treat.

Purse accented with DIY bandana

Tie it around a purse (like this one) to add a personal touch.

Purse accented with DIY bandana

Iron and frame your block print bandana for a bright piece of art.

Framed DIY bandana

Or, of course, give it as a gift in itself. Maybe make a few in complementary colors and give as a designer collection?

Woman wearing DIY bandana

How would you give a block print bandana? We’d love to hear your ideas—and see your creations!—in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook

Photography and styling by Erin M. Block print designs by Hallmark artists Chris G.S., Marcos R., Amber G., and Mandy E. (in order of appearance).

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