Thursday, 6 December 2012

Kids Co-op - Home-made Christmas wrapping paper

Its Kids Co-op time again, please link up your kids activity posts and check out what everyone else has been up to. This week I am linking up the following:
(Goblin is 37 months)
This year I have ordered every single Christmas present on line, mainly from Amazon. If you are unfamiliar with the delights of Amazon's packing policy, they have a tendency to put tiny objects in oversized boxes and pack them out with reams and reams of thick brownish paper.  Last week when I was drowning in the stuff I asked for suggestions from the Taming the Goblin Facebook gang on what to do with it. Many of you suggested making wrapping paper. So I thought I'd have a go with Goblin.
I decided to go with a simple Christmas tree stamp. I made two stamps - one simply cut from a scouring sponge and the other using 4 layers of craft foam stuck to the lid of a poster tube. The sponge worked much better as it absorbed the paint so you could stamp for longer and get a clearer outline. 
Now Goblin has many wonderful attributes for which I adore him. But following basic instructions and sticking to a simple plan are not among them. So having shown Goblin the Christmas tree stamps and explaining the basic plan - "we will put green paint on the tray then stamp the christmas trees along this roll of paper" - Goblin set to work ..... doing something completely different. 
First he decided our pallet lacked inspiration so instead of green Christmas trees he opted for black, pink, blue and sparkly silver glitter paint. All of which in true toddler style just ended up mixed together.
He also decided that the wrapping paper could do with some "Scooter painting". Initially this involved painting the wheels of the scooter and then riding up and down the length of the paper. I actually thought this might make quite a nice effect. However the paint rapidly graduated from just the scooter wheels to the scooter itself, handlebars, footplate, etc.
I eventually called time on our wrapping paper escapade when Goblin decided to try and join the blue man group with some body painting. At this point he, me and the scooter retired to the bathroom for a clean up. Goblin and I are possibly not in line for any Christmas craft awards this year!

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  1. this is on our to do list!! Looks like Goblin had a lot of fun :)

  2. I had this as a craft one year at the library (only using newspaper as the base). The kids had a wonderful time making it, but no one took it home. Let's just say, I had some unique wrapping paper for my gifts that year.

  3. You did it again...I didn't think ANYONE could convince me to make my own wrapping paper! How do you do it??!!

  4. I LOVE the scooter involvement, so much fun!!!!

  5. the scooter looks like a lot of messy fun! Not sure I'd be as game though!! xo L.

  6. This so looks like something that would go down at our house! Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone!

  7. Super fun! Love potato printing and love large scale painting. Haven't done that in ages.. must do it again soon.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  8. LOVE the scooter wrapping papper!! What FUN!! I am sharing this with my readers on Facebook latter today here;
    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week =-)

  9. Oh how fun!! And I love how much more personal the gifts will be wrapped in that paper. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!


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