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Create Beautiful Wrapping Paper Using Household Items

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IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY | Babble

I’ve always loved the look of presents wrapped up in packing paper. Plus, it’s super affordable, compared to decorative store-bought gift wrap. For a festive twist, My toddler and I created three varieties of DIY Wrapping Paper using common household items. From a leftover spud, to some tree clippings, to a pencil eraser, each variation is super simple and 100% kid-friendly.

I loved his sense of pride once finished, and that it got my little one more involved in gift-giving. If you’re looking for a fun activity over the holiday break, create beautiful paper, wrap up some goodies, and deliver them to folks in need!

IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY
IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY

Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper

Don’t have a star-shaped cookie cutter? Not to worry! Mix it up with your favorites.

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IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY | Babble

inspired by Trendenser

Supplies

Directions

  1. Slice the potato in half.
  2. Push your cookie cutter into the freshly cut potato about 3/4 of an inch.
  3. Using a knife, slice about 1/4 inch of the way down the potato, trimming around the cookie cutter to remove the outline. What is left will be your cookie cutter shape protruding from the potato half. This is your potato stamp.

    Image Source: Sarah Hubble
    IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY
  4. Pat the potato stamp dry before dipping in an ink pad, then stamp the desired pattern on the packing paper.

Pencil Eraser Tree Wrapping Paper

This is a great DIY to help teach your preschool-aged kiddo about shapes. Tip: use an unsharpened pencil to be safe.

IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY | Babble

inspired by Style Caster

Supplies

Directions

  1. Dip the pencil eraser into the green ink pad.
  2. Create a triangle shape, for the tree, on the packing paper.

    IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. Finish with a brown eraser stamp for the trunk.
  4. Repeat as many times to create the desired pattern.

Leaf Imprint Paper

I first tried stamping paper with a leaf and paint, but found it pretty difficult to get the right look. And on top of that, it was messy and time consuming. Then I tried using a leaf and crayon. Success! It was so simple my 4-year-old could do it unassisted.

IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY | Babble

inspired by TOMFO

Supplies

Directions

  1. Place your leaf beneath the packing paper, smooth side down.
  2. Rub the side of a crayon on the paper over the leaf, until you can see the outline and veins.

    IMAGE SOURCE: LAUREN J PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. Repeat with the same leaf, or a variety of leaf sizes, around the paper.

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Article Posted 5 months Ago

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