One thing I really can’t stand is buying wrapping paper and/or gift bags. Sure, they make the present look pretty… until the recipient rips it to shreds and immediately throws the wrapping in the trash. Frankly, I’d rather spend the extra few bucks on getting a nicer gift. So whenever my kids get invited to a party, we make our own. They love to paint, it looks cute, it is inexpensive (practically free!) and the parent of the birthday kid thinks you are amazingly creative. It’s a win-win-win-win situation.
Here’s how to do it. Super-easy, and the kids will have a blast!
Materials: something to protect your work surface, newspaper (I always try to use the travel or entertainment section – front page news typically isn’t kid friendly), paint brushes, craft paint, hairdryer (optional)
- Place your newspaper on your protected table and pour drips of color on the page. Try to use colors that will blend nicely, and try to avoid colors that will get muddy. Confused about what colors will blend nicely and what colors will turn to mud? I have a handy-dandy graphic here that will help. Don’t bother getting out a palette or anything fancy. Literally pour paint directly onto the paper. Tell the kids to spread out the paint with the brushes (or get crazy and use fingers!) to cover the newsprint.
- Let the paint dry. This step is important to prevent muddy colors later. If you (or your children) are impatient, you can speed up this process with a hairdryer.
- Repeat the process of dripping & pouring paint onto the paper. This time, use color combinations you didn’t use before. In this example, we were able to use red and purple paint on top of the green and it didn’t get muddy since the undercoat was dry. Cover all the paper with color.
- Let dry.
That’s it! Tie up the gift with a fancy ribbon, add a tag, and it is ready for giving.