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Homemade Wrapping Paper

We have been saving our paper grocery bags for awhile now (I  talked about it here)  I didn’t want to spend any money on wrapping, so we decided to make our own out of grocery sacks.  It was a bunch of fun, and kept my girls busy for days.  I told them they had to use silver, black and red.  We talked about how most wrapping paper has patterns, and how larger images would get cut off or folded, so we would want to stick with smaller patterns unless it was for a larger gift.  I also told them to think circles, just because i LOVE circles and we have a lot of round things on our tree.  I was very proud of what they came up with!
This is the first one my 10 yr old made.  I love it.  I wanted to frame it!
My 8 yr old made this one.

Simple stamps

my 8 yr old made…another favorite of mine

I made this one!  I was inspired by my own daughter:)

Made by my 6 yr old

Aww…made by my 6 yr old
supplies we used: red crayon, red marker, black marker,
stamps and silver ink, silver puffy paint
We started on this project before Thanksgiving, so the rest of my Christmas stuff was still packed away.  Little did I know that I had bought wrapping paper at an end-of-season sale last year, and when we started bringing the Christmas decor out of the attic I was pleasantly surprised! I forgot I had purchased it. The mixture of both under the tree is nice.  My girls were so excited to see their work used to make pretty gifts and I am excited because I think grandparents will love getting a package wrapped in original art!

I wrote about handmade package toppers, but honestly, I needed to keep it simple! I didn’t make any I posted about, but everything I did use we had on hand so I didn’t have to spend money.  I’m getting crafted out, and I am ready to just sit, read and snuggle with them.  They love projects, but sometimes for me, its too much of a good thing!  This was a super easy project, but added to others we have done lately– I am project’d out!!

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  • Elizabeth
    November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    What a great idea! I have tons of Trader Joe’s bags ready to go too! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  • The Polka Dot Closet
    November 29, 2010 at 3:33 am

    This is a great idea, green, thrifty, fun, and the brown natural look is very hot now. Inspired by your daughter…..I think copycat LOL !!


  • Proverbs 31 Wife
    November 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    We love to use recycled materials for gift wrap (paper bags, old maps, newspaper, etc.). This is just adorable and I can’t wait to make some with my kiddos!

  • Lynnie
    November 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I LOVE these. I have this thing about all my gifts under the tree coordinating. This will be perfect and my kids will LOVE making them!

  • Steph @ somewhatsimple
    December 23, 2009 at 7:31 am

    So cute!

  • Amy
    December 17, 2009 at 4:58 am

    thanks for the compliment!
    your kids will have great fun!
    a tip for ya…don’t buy cheap dollar store tape. These paper sacks need the good stuff b/c they are more stiff than regular wrapping paper.

  • Cha Cha
    December 17, 2009 at 1:13 am

    My kids can not wait to do this now. Love your site.

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