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MAKE GIFT WRAPPING PAPER WITH KIDS
Making your own wrapping paper is a fun activity that children
or adults can do. With some creativity you can create gift wrap
that is unique and different – everyone will know the gift is from
When making gift wrap with children you will probably want to
use either craft white paper or craft brown paper (like the
grocery bags). You could even use the inside of a grocery bag if
the gift is small enough.
At several points depending on your child’s age – they may need
help. If your child is not ready to cut with scissors, then manage
all of the scissor work and let them have fun gluing everything.
Remember to select non-toxic materials. Consider all art materials
toxic unless they say they are non-toxic.
Stamping Shapes Paper: To make this you can use either
sponges or potatoes. The ease with potatoes is they give children
(and adults) a "handle" to hold onto. Sponges are a little harder
to hold onto once they get wet, and your designs may not get as
clean and clear results.
Use tempura or acrylic paint. Be sure with children to use
non-toxic paint. Remember with art materials that if they do not
say they are non-toxic, chances are they are toxic – so be aware
and stay safe.
Select your paint colors and cut simple designs in your
potatoes or sponges. Great shapes include stars, hearts, arrows,
lightning bolts, circles, triangles, letters, numbers and smiley
faces. Help your children cut the designs depending on their age
Lay the paper flat on a dry and protected surface and stamp
away with your potatoes or sponges! Remember to put your design
all over the paper so that it shows all over your gift, not just
one area of the paper. Let it dry overnight before wrapping gifts.
Names or Shapes Paper: To make this paper you will need
several sheets of fluorescent paper (8 ˝ x 11") is fine. You will
also need glue sticks and scissors.
Select a name or a shape that you wish to do for your paper.
Think about the size of your gift, is it big? Is your gift small?
If your gift is big, then your letters or shapes can be bigger. If
your gift is small then your letters or shapes need to be smaller.
If you are giving a birthday gift it could be fun to write the
birthday child’s name. If it is a gift for Mom then you could
write Mom. Or consider writing a short message like "Happy
Birthday" if you have enough room.
Write boxy letters or cut out shapes and glue them onto the
paper. Write the name and glue it onto the paper several times.
Allow it to dry overnight. Then wrap gift.
To make this paper you will need magazines or newspapers. Catalogs
such a flower catalogs or children’s catalogs are also good. Comic
books are good for this also. You will need scissors and glue
Select a theme for your paper. Are you going to cut out
pictures of animals? Cartoon characters? Flowers? Home images? Or
are you going to cut out words? Find the images and cut them out.
Glue them onto the paper. Allow it to dry and then wrap your gift.
Special Message Paper:
This is good for most children of any age. First select how large
the gift will be and cut the gift paper to size.
Select markers or crayons. You are going to write a special
message to the friend or loved one to wish them a Happy Birthday
or other good wishes. Help your child select their message.
Write the message on the paper. Now write the message again in
other line with a different color marker or crayon. Continue until
the paper is full. You can use medium to large handwriting –
actually any size handwriting is fine. Just continue until the
paper is completely filled. Let this paper dry before wrapping the
When you give the gift remind the birthday child they need to
read the Special Message on the wrapping paper.
Feminine Doily Paper:
This is a cute gift wrapping paper for a girl’s gift. This is also
an easy project to do with even most young children because it
only involves glue sticks.
To make this paper you will need paper doilies, either white or
metallic (your choice). This project works best with the small
doilies. You will also need a glue stick.
Glue the doilies onto the paper. Glue them in an even pattern
all over the paper. The doilies will give the gift wrapping a
feminine look. Once the doilies are dried, wrap the gift.
There are many other ideas for gift wrap that are in your home
and right in front of your nose. Just use your imagination and you
will find many other ideas to use with your children. Happy