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DIY Wrapping Paper

 

DIY Wrapping Paper

 

If your house is anything like ours, you're looking for ways to entertain kids in the waning days of summer. Homemade wrapping paper is a great idea for a way to spend a day being creative while creating something useful.

Over on Pinterest, we found a bunch of ways to make homemade wrapping paper. For each idea, start with either a large roll of craft paper or a few big sheets of art paper. (You can even cut up a paper grocery bag in a pinch!) Here are three of our favorites:

Potato Watermelon Print

This one requires just a paintbrush, some paint, and a potato. Cut the potato in half once, then in half the other way. Use the edge to make red prints onto the paper. Once dry, add black "seeds" and green "rind."

Twine

This one has a sophisticated, artsy look we love. Wrap a small woodblock with twine. Make sure not to be too neat with the wrapping, since you want a loose, organic look. Then use a stamp pad to make prints of the wrapped block. Try different patterns.

Corn Cob Print

How fun is this? Use a corncob like a rolling stamp to make interesting prints and patterns. See if the recipient of your gift can guess how the prints were made!

Spend a day making a few sheets of DIY gift wrap. School will be here before you know it, but so will the (gift-giving) holidays!

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