Have the kids make some homemade wrapping paper with a little paint and a hair dryer! Yep, a hairdryer! This colourful gift-is perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any old time there’s a gift to be wrapped!
Finding a cool, DIY way to wrap a gift is always fun, and believe it or not, the process we’ve used to make our wrapping paper today was a happy accident.
On the craft table, there was some watered down paint, and I just happened to be using the hairdryer to speed up the drying process on a project we were working on. At one point, I accidentally turned the hairdryer on the spilled paint, and it made the coolest design all over the table top. Bingo. I had a lightbulb moment.
I’d actually been meaning to have the hooligans make some wrapping paper for Christmas, but I hadn’t decided exactly how they would do it. This seemed like the perfect process for the project.
Choose colours to suit the occasion:
This art process is super-easy, and you can change up the colours of paint that you use to suit any occasion. I realize the colours we’ve used aren’t exactly Christmas colours”, but I thought it would be fun to use vibrant colours for this project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your homemade wrapping paper:
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- sheet of paper (we used 8.5 x 11 printer paper)
- acrylic craft paints (we used acrylics)
- paint brushes
- hair dryer
The paint process:
Thin your paint with a bit of water and drip, splatter and dribble it all over your page. We used our paint brushes to help with this part, dipping into the paints and splashing it out on to the page. Likewise, pour the paint, drizzling it all over your paper.
You’ll want to work fairly quickly here so the paper doesn’t absorb a lot of the paint and water.
Now hand the hairdryer over to your child, and have them blow the paint all over the paper. You can tape the paper in place on your table to prevent it from blowing away, or you can hold it in place while your child blasts it.
In a matter of seconds,you’ll have something that looks like this:
Hold the dryer to the paper until it’s completely dry, and in under a minute, you’ll have a personal piece of kid-made gift wrap.
Wanna see what we wrapped up?
We tried ours out, and it was perfect for wrapping up a couple of special, little prezzies. Stay tuned to find out what they were! If you’re looking for kid-made gift ideas, you might just like ’em!
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