A couple of weeks ago, Pinkerbelle had a birthday party to attend, and it wasn’t until the last minute that I realized I didn’t have any appropriate wrapping paper for the gift. I did have a roll of plain white, but that seemed a little boring.
So, I got out some of my rubber stamps and ink, and let P. create a pattern on the white paper. Because I’m a control freak, I guided her use of colors and stamps, otherwise it would have been a complete mish-mash. Though I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that.
We did purple and green polka dots, with lavender “It’s Your Day” interspersed throughout. I sold most of my stamps on ebay a few years ago, so I didn’t have too many available choices.
Nevertheless, tied up with a purple ribbon (didn’t take a photo), it made a cute package, and P. was proud of her work.
I have done this a few times in the past; once when Firstborn was a preschooler, I let him run the wheels of his toy cars in paint and roll them across brown mailing paper. It was perfect for his little car-loving friend’s birthday gift. Another time I used a 1/2” paint brush and blue paint to paint a gingham design on white paper for a small baby shower gift.
It’s fun and unique. It would be a great little project for the kids to design wrapping paper for a few special Christmas gifts. You could use ideas similar to mine, make potato stamps, hand prints, finger print characters a la Ed Emberley… the possibilities are endless.