Kids’ Art Gift Wrap

One of my awe­some par­ent vol­un­teers recently shared a great idea with me that I wanted to pass along.… “Kids’ Art Gift Wrap”! She was so enthu­si­as­tic about it, I couldn’t wait to try it myself. Here’s how you do it:

Roll out a long piece of butcher paper (down a hall­way, side­walk, or wher­ever you have room) and pro­vide paints, brushes, glit­ter, etc. for your stu­dents to cre­ate with. Hand prints and stamps work great for this project — you can even work in a les­son on print­mak­ing and pat­terns if you want to. Kids enjoy the expe­ri­ence of “work­ing large” and will soon have the paper cov­ered with col­or­ful designs. (You could also do this with large, sin­gle sheets of paper if space is a prob­lem.) After allow­ing the art­work to dry, cover it with “Magic Cover”, a roll of thin, clear, self-adhesive vinyl that seals and pro­tects the art­work. (You can find this at most drug stores.) If your butcher paper hap­pens to be a lit­tle wider than the 18″ vinyl cov­er­ing, keep in mind that most of the art ends up toward the mid­dle of the paper any­way, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

“Kids Art Gift Wrap” is the ideal way to wrap all the gifts your stu­dents make at school through­out the year. In addi­tion to wrap­ping gifts, you can also use this one of a kind paper to cover books or even sell it by the roll or in sheets at school fund rais­ing events. Of course, you can always make gift wrap with­out the added expense of the clear cov­er­ing, but the Magic Cover adds a classy fin­ish and makes your gift wrap durable enough to save and reuse.

If you hap­pen to have kids of your own or you just enjoy play­ing with paint, why not try mak­ing gift wrap at home all year long? It may be such a hit with all who receive it that you won’t even use the store bought kind anymore!

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3 Responses to Kids’ Art Gift Wrap

  1. Anonymous December 4, 2008 at 7:14 am #

    I like your idea, much bet­ter than the way I have been doing it all these years. I have always made wrap­ping paper with my kids, I used 16x20 size and let them paint to their hearts con­tent all year. Come Christ­mas time we were all set. I also used it year round for birth­days, very cost effec­tive too. Now that the kids are grown, I’ll have to enlist my grand­chil­dren for my wrap­ping paper needs. Thanks for all your ideas. Gretchen

  2. erica December 4, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    that’s a great idea! i kind of want to do it myself!

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