Here’s a cute idea for making your own Christmas wrapping paper. It has kinda become a tradition for our family and ticks several boxes at this time of year.
Firstly, it’s is a really fun activity to do with your little ones. Now I am definitely not a craft mamma, but there is something about Christmas that makes everything more fun!
Secondly, it is so well received by family and friends. People just love to receive a Christmas gifted so personally wrapped. It almost doesn’t matter what’s inside 😉
Lastly, it serves a purpose. It saves money on all the rolls of Christmas wrapping paper you would end up buying otherwise.
Here’s what you will need:
1 x roll of blank wrapping paper. Mine is from IKEA
1 x bottle each of red and green paint
2 x paint brushes
1 x bucket of water
Old sheets or towels
Find a gorgeous helper – here’s an excited little one that I prepared earlier! It’s also best to find somewhere that is relatively flat. Unroll the blank paper to a desirable length and place old towels or sheets at each end. Also place bucket of water at one end.
Sit down with your helper and paint their feet. Start with one colour – either red or green.
Your child is now ready to walk the length of the paper. They might need some help to stop them from slipping. They might also need to start half way or from the other end to get the most out of their painted little feet.
Continue with this colour until the paper has adequate coverage of footprints, and then switch to the other colour. Repeat over and over and over and over. Let the paper dry and voila! You are ready to wrap your gifts and place them under the tree.
One last tip – if for some reason you find you haven’t made enough wrapping paper for the hundreds of gifts you have purchased, save yourself the trouble of getting the paint out again. Simply roll the remaining bank wrapping paper out somewhere flat, and tape it to the ground. Leave some red and green crayons out (I’m not daring enough to leave textas) and some Christmas stickers and let the kids go to town for several days.