You’ve got a completely creative kiddo. And that means it’s time to get artsy and craft your very own gift wrap. Whether you’re looking for a fab and festive holiday design or the kids want to create their own imaginative bday paper for siblings, friends or grandma, these homemade gift wrapping ideas are perfect for pint-sized Picassos! Make your way through the album below to find your favorite.
Those cute little shiny cupcake caddies can do more than hold baked goods. Get crafty with them and add the baking cups to your next gift wrap project. Get the how-to steps from Hey Look.
Get glittery and craft this dreidel-shaped gift box with your kiddos. Turn a take-out container into gifting fun with this easy how-to from Mini Monets and Mommies.
Those crinkled packing paper scraps that are leftover and shoved into the back of your closet don’t have to go to waste. Your tot can stamp, stamp, stamp the day away, designing his own upcycled packing paper gift wrap. Oh, and the paint for this one has something extra special in it. Check out the how-to from Hands On As We Grow.
Who says that you need to buy stampers and fancy ink pads from the craft store just to stamp shapes onto paper? No way. With an old paper towel roll and some fine motor skills, your child can stamp a colorful rainbow onto any plain gift wrap. Get the details from Mama Papa Bubba.
Wrapping a gift doesn’t stop at the box. Sometimes you just need a bow to complete the look. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy a bow or twirl a bunch of ribbons together. Try this plastic bag (yes, plastic bag) bow from the Creative Jewish Mom.
Raise your hand if you’re all about nature! If your crafting level is at least “Pinteresting,” then you can help the kids to make these 3-D trees from Fellow Fellow.
Oh Christmas Tree!
With a few special sparkles and a whole bunch of creativity, your crafty kid can make this tree-shaped gift cover. Get the do-it-yourself steps from Orange Gift Bag.
You have leftover gift bags. They’re just kind of hanging around, taking up space. Maybe it’s Christmas, and you only have birthday bags. Or maybe it’s Valentine’s Day, and the only bags you have are Hanukkah-themed. Reuse them, following Aunt Peaches’ directions for turning these leftovers into creatively painted awesomeness.
Merry Magazine Bow
Top that gift with … um, something recycled. Yep, that’s right. We said recycled. If you have old kid-friendly magazines (nothing with a swimsuit edition or underwear models, thank you), you can create these crafty little bows from The Craftinomicon.
No, not the kind of scallops you get from the sea. These are the scallops that you make with curved paper. Check out A Subtle Revelry’s tips for using border paper (the bulletin board kind) as part of your gift wrap magic.
Do you have a Disney fan? This Mickey Mouse-themed gift wrap is super-simple for kids to make. Get out the veggies and print this paint-covered paper. Seriously. Veggies. My Poppet Makes will show you the how-to steps.
Right now Santa’s elves are hard at work on their awesome assembly line. Set up your own artsy version with holiday-themed gift bag workstations. Little Bins for Little Hands can show you how to help your kids stamp, color, and sticker these colorfully cute creations.
You have something like a zillion paper bags bundles up in the back of your kitchen. Put them to use, and help the kids to craft this super-cute picture frame wrapping paper. Learn how to recycle, reuse and get totally artsy with this adorable activity by Meri Cherry.
Magically transform a plain ol’ take-out container into Santa’s suit. With a little paint and a lot of creativity, your child can create this crafty Christmas gift wrap box. Get the how-to steps from Mini Monets and Mommies.
Do your little artists make a mess when painting? Recycle their paint splatter into colorful holiday wrap. Barbara Rucci saw the beauty in this eco-idea. See her lovely results, here.
photo: Bar Rucci via ArtBar
How do you deck-out your holiday gifts? Leave us a note in the comments below.
— Erica Loop & Nikki Walsh