Kid-Crafted Wrapping Paper

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Child Artwork repurposed as wrapping paperIt’s probably fitting that my son is a prolific artist. Toby loves to draw, color, and create. And while I do save a representative sampling of his artwork for “years down the road” …it would be insane to hold onto everything. So, rather than throw away the “lovely drawings” (Toby’s words), I’ve found a way to give them a new purpose. We’ve been repurposing his old artwork as wrapping paper. Sometimes the sheets of paper are large enough to cover an individual gift on their own, but if not, I will just tape two (or three) sheets of drawings together. Presto chango …we have a one-of-a-kind gift that is meaningful both inside and out.

I’d go into more detail on “how to” make kid-crafted wrapping paper, but it’s pretty simple. I have a bin where I save the completed artwork, and as it comes time to wrap gifts throughout the year, I will use this supply of artwork for wrapping presents.

An alternate option, if you love this concept, but don’t want to part with your child’s many drawings, is to wrap the gift in plain paper. Then, hand it over to your child with an assortment of pens, pencils, or whatever your heart desires. Let your kid go to town with “decorating” the present. I did this recently — Toby decorated the plain brown cardboard shipping box with a metallic permanent marker. It actually looked pretty spectacular when he was finished.

In case you were curious, here’s the “before” shot of the drawing. I think it’s a combination of crayon, marker, and dry erase marker. Plus the errant sticker. But “mixed media” sounds better, so let’s go with that!

Do you have any great ideas for repurposing your child’s plethora of drawings or other artwork? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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  1. Clarissa H
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    I love the versatility of using kraft paper to wrap gifts! We just made DIY paper bows from child artwork that we used to decorate our gifts! http://www.munchkins-and-moms.com/2014/12/diy-paper-bows.html

    • Betsy Finn
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      Those are adorable, Clarissa! What a neat idea!

  2. This is a great idea! The kids feel accomplished and you get meaningful and cheaper wrapping paper. Can’t go wrong here! Found you through smallvictoriesSunday.

    • Betsy Finn
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      Thanks for stopping by, Brittany! And you’re right, kids are so proud to “show off” their decorating skills 😀

  3. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
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    Very cute and a great idea. I always feel guilty throwing away their artwork but with 3 kids, I can’t possibly keep it all as you said. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup and hope you join us again this weekend!

    • Betsy Finn
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      I know! Toby was so sad when his artwork had to be taken down (to make room for more). This softened the blow.

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