By LISA HENSLEY
While I am all for keeping selected samples of his artistic development, there’s only so much we can store. I feel bad though, just throwing these masterpieces away.
My solution: turn them into custom wrapping paper.
Not only does this solve the problem of throwing away monumental amounts of paper, only to go buy wrapping paper that will then be thrown away, it also solves my surprisingly frequent problem of being out of wrapping paper at crucial moments (like 10 minutes before we’re supposed to leave for the party. Ahem.)
Finally, it gives my older son a reason to actually sit down and BE QUIET. OK, it gives me a way to MAKE HIM sit down and be quiet. Artwork feels like a punishment to him. To take away the negative association, I can at least turn it into purposeful work, especially when he can decorate his paper with something meaningful to the recipient.
Here are items you can use or decorate for your own custom wrapping paper:
Newsprint or roll paper
Coloring book pages
Paper bags or brown kraft paper
Solid color gift bags (might as well reuse the ones you get gifts in)
Rubber stamps and ink
Twine (instead of ribbon)
Tiny action figures
Die-cut shapes (make great tags)
Art work takes a whole new meaning when it becomes handmade gift wrap. Have fun with your kids making custom wrapping paper!
Any other ideas? What other creative and thrifty ways do you put your kids’ artwork to use?
Lisa Hensley is a mostly-native Montanan, living in Missoula with her husband, two young boys, two cats (boys), one tiny dog (a girl!) and 4 fish (probably boys). She spent more than 10 years in the Marketing and creative field, but is now Director of Household Operations for the Hensley group. When she’s not herding kids or doing laundry, she’s shooting photos, gardening, baking, reading or taking classes—sometimes all at once. She serves on the Board of Directors for Home ReSource, which fits in nicely with her tendency to repurpose pretty much anything.