I began the serious job of wrapping Christmas presents last night; with several holiday celebrations on different days, I have to make sure I don’t leave any gifts behind. I also like to keep the gifts for people we won’t be seeing until later on Christmas Day in the back of the tree so that the kids don’t manhandle them or get disappointed when they keep grabbing gifts for family and friends who aren’t there. As I was knee-deep in wrapping paper, boxes, and tape, I was reminded of a fun craft the kids and I did the other day (that I discovered here), and how I should have waited until after Christmas so I could have upcycled all our cardboard and wrapping paper, ribbons and tags into a kickass holiday collage! I will do this next year, but you, lovely readers, still have time to plan! So here’s what you need.
Cardboard cut out (in our case, we cut out the first letters in Jax and Em’s names), glue, scraps of wrapping paper, cardstock, doilies, tags, etc. Then just let your kids cut, rip, tear, and glue to their hearts content all over the cardboard!
If you have a fine motor loving kid like Em, this will be a real delight and may take most of a morning. Jax was less enthusiastic, but we had success nonetheless.
Then just clean up the paper that hangs over the edge of your cardboard and make sure no brown spots are showing, and you have a sturdy collage of color that you saved from the trash or recycling bin (at least for a few days). And the kids were really proud of their handiwork!
So don’t toss all your trimmings and wrappings straight into the fire on Christmas Day–put a few aside for when your kids inevitable crash from the holiday hysteria and need a little downtime! And you need a break!