What do you do with all the gift wrapping paper that comes with presents? Don’t you just hate throwing away all that prettiness?
I always store them to reuse. You know how kids love the boxes more than what it holds? That holds true for the covers and bags too! Children love gift wrap. May it be paper or plastic, it is fun to decorate and even more fun to crinkle it to make noise!
We have used it in a variety of ways over the years like crafting and reusing to wrap smaller gifts. I’ve even used it to make an origami box to hold gifts but with little creative kids in my house, I am always looking for more ways my children can use these to learn or play.
As part of a monthly challenge, I’ve joined a group of bloggers this year to play around with recyclable and reusable materials. We are calling it Project Recycle. Every month we choose a material and then we play around with our children to make crafts or do activities involving the chosen material. This month, we are using Gift Wrap. I’ve included the links below of what others have made using it but here is what we did.
My children have been crazy about my flower punch set that I got a last year. We are always looking for more ways to use them so this is what we did. I got my 3yr old and 8 year old to make a collage using these flower punchers and wrapping paper.
This activity is pretty simple to put together and you don’t really need to give your child instructions. Let them use their imagination to make their own art. Of course, you will need to supervise this activity because there will be use of scissors and punchers among other things.
I had two toddlers working with me on this along with my 8 year old and I have to tell you, it was not stressful at all. (Okay so the 2 year old has a mind of her own and she was more interested in the tools than using them but…) We all sat down working with our own material and I guess that minimized the need of sharing. That’s my tip there: Let them have their own stuff. Toddlers cannot share and this isn’t the time to teach them that. 🙂
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Here is how to make a gift wrapping paper collage using flower punch.
Gift Wrapping Paper Collage Using Flower Punch
What you need:
- Gift wrapping paper in whatever material you have. We have used paper as well as cellophane type.
- White Glue or Elmer’s glue (This disappearing purple one is good)
- Scissors (This is good for both right and left handed kids)
- Flower or any kind of puncher in various designs (this kind)
- Any other material like buttons or yarn to decorate.
- Color markers sketch pens color pencils etc.
- Card stock or Cereal box card to hold it all together.
- Cut out large squares of gift wrap to make it easier for your children to work with.
- Show them how to punch. You can teach them to cut out shapes with the remaining waste.
- Assemble it all on the card. We used a cereal box card.
- Get creative and decorate.
- You can frame it or hang it up as it is.
I hope you try this fun activity with your children. Go ahead and make your own Gift Wrapping Paper Collage.
Find some more awesome ideas on how to recycle and create with gift wrapping paper!
Stick Puzzles by Teach me Mommy
Gift Wrap Flowers by Peakle Pie
Gift Paper Frogs by Nemscok Farms
Scissor Practice and Games with Gift Wrap by Powerful Mothering
Coiled Paper Heart Craft by The Gingerbread House
Paper Beads from Wrapping Paper by Mum in the Madhouse
Scissors Skills Crash Course by Sugar Aunts
DIY Magnetic Bookmarks by Kidz Activities
Paper Collage with Flower Punch by Words n Needles
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