Even though we save gift bags and keep a (small) stash of wrapping paper, it seems like my go-to preference is for homemade gift wrapping. It involves the kids in the gift giving process more, and depending on what paper I am able to reuse, is eco-friendly too.
When we put together gifts for the grandparents a while back, I tried something different than my normal artwork-repurposed-into-wrapping-paper method.
We took some paper bags, traced handprints, and made a variety of quick and easy (yet creatively wrapped) gift bags. An “I Love You” hand (sign language) graced one bag, complete with explanation. On another, an octopus was created when two hands were traced on top of one another (christened “Avocado the Octopus”). It was fun to give Toby, my toddler, free reign on this project.
I helped, since we used a permanent marker. After doing the lettering and tracing the hands, I handed Toby some pencils so that he could further decorate the bags.
If you have a child who isn’t big on coloring in the lines, or who is liable to scribble over the handprints and words you’ve just created, then I have a simple solution for you.
Use a permanent marker, or dark/thick ink for the handprints and lettering. Then, provide a variety of lighter/thinner coloring pencils, markers, or crayons for your child to use. It won’t matter if they color over the “important” words, and you won’t have to constantly nag your child to be careful about where they decorate.
After putting the gifts in the bags, we rolled the top down a few times and stapled or taped each shut.
The recipients of these gifts loved hearing from Toby about how he decorated the bags for them.
This project could be done in five minutes or less, so if you’re short on time but want to add a personal touch to a gift, definitely consider this quick and easy DIY gift wrapping option.
So, to recap. You’ll need:
- paper bags
- permanent marker
Oh, and a gift to put inside, I suppose.
What ways have you discovered that are fun for your kids to wrap presents? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.