Homemade Gift Wrap

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wrappingKids will have a blast making their very own
wrapping paper to use or share with others.

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Age Level: 6 to 12

Materials: White butcher paper, paper,
Styrofoam blocks, ballpoint pens, tempera paint, disposable plates,
a large work space, a sponge or foam roller, and 10-inch pieces of
ribbon

Time: About 30 minutes

Give each child a large sheet of white butcher paper and a
4×4-inch piece of Styrofoam. Then have kids each draw on the
Styrofoam an outline of the shape they want to imprint on their
wrapping paper such as a cross, a Christmas tree, or a heart. Have
kids cut away the excess Styrofoam from around the shape to create
a stamp.

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Using a sponge or foam roller, apply a thin layer of paint over
the shape only. Allow kids to practice their stamp on a plain piece
of paper before they begin making their wrapping paper. Once
they’ve practiced, have kids decorate their piece of butcher paper
as they wish. Kids can use one or more colors. When children have
finished, have them set aside their sheets to dry.

Finish the sheets by rolling and tying them with a piece of
ribbon. These handmade papers make a special wrap for kids’ gifts
or a wonderful gift by themselves.

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