Homemade Gift Wrap With Kids

by HEAB on December 5, 2015

The kids are really into Christmas this year – FINALLY, and I could not be more excited!  They always enjoy Christmas, but this is the first year that they seem to truly understand the meaning of the holiday and all of our family traditions (although Hannah still likes to hide and hoard all the Advent Calendar inserts, but at least we’re down to only one child doing that).  It’s been so fun decorating the house and watching their excitement and anticipation grow as Christmas draws near.  Needless to say, our excitement is rubbing off on each other, and we’re all filled with the spirit of Christmas…

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and gingerbread cookies.  We’re very full of gingerbread cookies!  Have you tried Minimalist Baker’s version?  If not, I highly recommend.  We made them twice last week.  I use real butter and Pamela’s Baking Mix, and they are delicious!

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Does anyone else tear up whenever they read The Polar Express?  It’s my favorite Christmas story.

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The aforementioned Advent Calendar.  We fill it with various holiday crafts/outings/activities, and I love having a daily reminder of why we celebrate Christmas paired with a fun experience…

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We invited Summer’s classmates over for a snowflake party.  Gingerbread cookies and snowflake making with a room full of five year olds.  Memories were made..

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Snowman pancakes for breakfast is one of our Advent activities, but we haven’t gotten to it yet.  However, Summer put in a special request this morning, and so we’ll just have to eat them twice this month (or twice weekly per Summer)…

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I made orange pomander balls when I was in elementary school, and their smell = Christmas to me…Pomanders2015

Okay, and now onto that gift wrap.  The other day, I was wrapping a large-sized present with brown shipping paper (it’s easier to fold and tape than Kraft paper) and the paper quickly became a blank canvas screaming for a fun design.  After perusing Pinterest, I decided I needed a Christmas tree stamp. However, I didn’t want to buy a stamp that I’d probably only use once a year, and so I made one from a russet potato.  Just sliced her in half and did a little carving.  Then I brushed some black acrylic paint on and went to town stamping. Easy peasy…

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This morning’s Advent activity was “make gift wrap”, and we used the potato trick again. But this time we used our miniature holiday cookie cutters instead of carving the design freehand.  I just sliced the potato lengthwise and then sliced it again.  The cookie cutters cut right through, and we ended up with several adorable mini holiday stamps.  We once again used acrylic paint, and it was a simple enough project for the kids to do.  Hannah needed help, but the others pressed the stamps down themselves using toothpicks…

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After our stamps dried, I added stripes to the candy canes and eyes to the gingerbread men.

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Loved this project and can’t wait to make some birthday and baby gift wrapping paper next.  The potato…it’s just so versatile.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

{ 1 comment }

Maggie @say yes to salad December 6, 2015 at 6:22 am

Love this idea!! I can’t wait for my kiddo to start understanding Christmas more. And I cannot believe Summer is five. And now I need to go buy some potatoes, I just ran out 🙂

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