Fresh Holiday Traditions | Painted Wrapping Paper
Last year, Dave and I did something special with our wrapping paper—we decorated it ourselves. We used brown paper and drew on it with white paint pens. It was a great creative exercise and so much fun. Have you drawn lately? I swear, it makes you feel young again.
This year, we turned it into a family affair with getting the kids involved. This project is easy and adaptable for a variety of ages. Our kids are older and can handle paint on their own.
Brown kraft paper
This craft is pretty self-explanatory, but there are a couple things to note:
First, keep it simple. The simpler it is for kids to do, the more inclined they’ll be to complete the project (and if you’re like me, the more inclined you’ll be to complete the project too).
Second, it’s helpful to chat briefly before everyone gets started about patterns. Not only will you get nicer paper out of it, you’ll actually cover a math lesson. That’s good multi-tasking.
And finally, brown kraft paper—like the kind for wrapping parcels—works amazingly well for this project. However, you will need a bit of extra tape when it comes time to wrap. Bits of packaging tape work best.
That’s it! Break out the paper and paints and let everyone go to town.
One of my favorite things about this tradition is that the kids get to see their art under the tree. It also lets them gift their artwork as part of their presents. How cool is that?
My other favorite thing is it helps me slow down a bit during the hectic season. There was no checking emails or answering the phone during our painting party. There was only the sound of we Christmas music while we painted and sipped cocoa. It was lovely and what the season should be about—togetherness.