I love making homemade gift wrap for so many reasons. It’s far less expensive than buying wrapping paper (that stuff is expensive, and it ends up in the trash), you can choose your own colour theme and design, and most of all, I love the rustic charm that homemade gift-wrap lends to a gift, especially when the gift itself is a handmade.
Remember the painted paper-weights the hooligans made for Father’s Day? When it came time to wrap them, the kids made their own homemade wrapping paper and matching gift cards. The process that they used to paint their paper was a lot of fun! They used coloured ice pops!
Pop over to Kids Activities Blog to see what painting with ice pops is all about. It’s an awesome technique, and it produced some really cool results. Haha! Cool results! Get it?
How we made our homemade gift-wrap:
I gave each hooligan a piece of paper from an artist’s sketch pad. Watercolour paper would probably be great too. The sketch paper was just thick enough to absorb the melting colours without becoming soggy, but not too stiff to wrap with.
I also gave them each a smaller piece which would serve as a gift card.
They made the most beautiful designs with their ice pops.
Aren’t they gorgeous?!
Honestly, if you haven’t painted with ice before, you have to try it. It’s kind of mesmerizing. You’ll love it. Oh… ahem… so will the kids. 😉
The paintings dried quickly in the sun, and then with their gift-wrap and card, their paper-weight and some coloured raffia, they were ready to wrap.
Looking good, so far!
They wrapped their rocks, penned a message in their cards, and I helped them secure it together with the raffia.
Voila! Just the cutest little homemade gift package ever!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.