One of the things I like the most about Christmas is the excuse to actually slow down and craft a little more with my daughters.. I know that for many it may sound crazy, as the festive season is often seen as the busiest time of the year! But I like to start the preparation early, keep things simple, and enjoy every minute of Christmas music while doing so!
And when my daughter Lili was two years old, we started making wrapping paper together. It’s not perfect, shiny and detailed like the store-bought one. Honestly it’s a bit messy and rather imperfect. But we have so much fun making it! And now, when Lili is four, and Rose two, I have not one, but two little helpers to help me with Christmas preparations!
Also, I really love the Scandinavian Xmas vibes, with its nature inspired simplicity. So every year I make these simple potato stamps that we use to stamp white paper with. I find the result adorable, and my kids have a blast stamping along!
And I think that making a hand-made wrapping paper teaches kids a lot about the real joy of giving! I think that thanks to our little craft they actually look forward to give their gifts to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and they can’t wait to see the looks on their faces and to tell that it’s not only them who helped wrapping the gifts, but it’s also them who made the wrapping paper itself!
But since little kids are not patient, and often they don’t finish what they started, I make a couple of sheets of this wrapping paper along them. That way I wrap my gifts with mine, and they give their grandparents gifts wrapped in theirs, very messy, but made with real love!
What you’ll need:
– Big sheet of white crafting paper
– Red and black paint
-I think that the simplest shape to cut of is a triangle, and using a triangle stamp you can also make a star. I also made an imperfect heart stamp, and simple a Christmas tree stamp.
-Remember to use just a little bit of paint at the time, otherwise you’ll end up with a big stain instead of a neat stamp!
-Let your paper dry, and wrap your gifts!
I think that the simplicity of this wrapping paper looks really nice with some twine and fresh greenery.
And so, as you can see, this potato stamp wrapping paper is a great and simple winter activity for kids, while the effect is both practical and festive! And now you can wrap all your gifts without spending extra money on wrapping paper! Happy wrapping!
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