I wanted to make some personalized wrapping paper, but the weather was bad and I was lazy. But my daughter loves an art project and this one couldn't have been easier.
I pulled out a big role of kraft wrapping paper. Kraft paper is the easiest paper to work with, in my opinion. The slicker papers are much harder to use markers on or glue on, the kraft paper makes projects like these easier and has a nice homemade look to it.
I found a sack of (new) sponges under the sink and I cut a couple into simple squares. If your sponge was big enough, a Christmas tree shape would be just as easy.
We turned on some Christmas music and got to sponge-stamping. I used red and green tempura paint that I already had in our art supplies, poured onto a paper plate (one for the paint, one for excess). Pigtail's boxes weren't quite as evenly spaced, but that was okay.
After it dried, I used a sharpie to draw in the quick box and bow. Not counting drying time, the whole thing took me under 20 minutes.
Then I wrapped it up and slapped on a simple ribbon. Darling, right?
In our house, it's a tradition for the kids to pass out the presents from under the tree on Christmas morning. But a lot of the little kids in our family can't read yet, so I printed out photos of the recipients to put on their presents. That way they will know which one is theirs and can pass them out without having to ask who goes with who.
Fun and easy is what I'm all about this holiday season. Every holiday season.