Paper Kids Crafts
Summertime Wrapping Paper Project For Kids
Have you ever wondered what to do with those wrapping paper scraps that aren’t enough to wrap something but the paper’s too cute not to use? Here you’ll find projects that are kid friendly, and festive to keep them occupied and creative all summer long.
The perfect craft for getting ready for the school year. Using that leftover wrapping paper from any occasion and using it to cover your books for added flare. The best part about this project? you don’t have to rip it off the same day you wrap it. So you can enjoy it for awhile, like a pretty wrapped gift.
What you need:
- A book
- Wrapping paper
- Unroll and cut enough that will leave about a 2 inch allowance on the top and bottom. There should be plenty to spare on both sides to fold over the front and back covers of your book.
- Open your book and mark the top and bottom with a line to show where you’ll fold your paper.
- Fold the top length down and the bottom length up so it looks like this. (Don’t worry if it’s uneven looking. It works out.)
- Now fold over your front cover and then the back cover tucking your front and back covers into the little pocket folds that will be created to keep it from shifting.
Wrapping Paper Bunting
Instead of spending money on flimsy store-bought bunting, create one yourself. Not only could this project be perfect holidays, but it could be perfect for any festive occasion, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, or even kids rooms all year long. Create your own version with the combination of any kind of wrapping paper and cardstock you love.
- A roll of wrapping paper
- Cereal boxes for the pennants
- Enlarged letter template
- Glitter cardstock paper
- Tape (single sided and double sided)
- Twill ribbon
- Hot glue
- The cardboard for cereal boxes is perfect because it’s thick enough to be sturdy but thin enough to cut easily with scissors. Each cereal box yields two pennants. Cut one long triangle then used it as a template for the others. Trim the wrapping paper into triangles slightly larger than the cardboard pennants and wrap the paper around, secure with tape.
- Enlarge letters on your computer and print them to use as a template. Cut them out then outline on the back of the cardstock. (Tip: Make sure you reverse the letters on the back before you trace them so their layout will be correct on the glittery side when you cut them out.)
- Stick the letters onto your pennant with double sided tape, then adhere them to twill ribbon with hot glue.
Wrapping Paper Wreath
Wreaths can be used for decoration just about anywhere, for just about any occasion, and for any time of year.
- Wrapping paper sheets or scraps
- A paper plate
- Hole punch
- Use your wrapping paper scraps to draw and cut out paper leaves about 2″ long, and 1″ wide.
- To get a more interesting look, use two different patterns of wrapping paper: one for the top, inner layer, and a different pattern for the bottom, outer layer.
- Draw your leaves on the back side of the pattern you want to use. Cut your leaves carefully. To get a more 3-dimensional look, fold your leaves in half lengthwise. The fold will help the leaves pop off the paper plate quite a bit.
- Carefully cut out the center of your paper plate. Punch two small holes at the top of your plate – this is where you will insert your twine to hang the wreath. Thread your twine through the two holes before gluing the leaves on. The length of your twine is up to you, it depends on where you plan to hang your wreath.
- Start gluing the leaves onto your paper plate. Just a small dot of glue will do, one pointing slightly left, the other overlaps and points slightly right. Repeat this process going backwards around the plate. The top layer should end up being two leaves wide.
- Next, start on the bottom, outer layer of leaves. For this layer, change direction. The inner layer of leaves points clockwise, while the outer layer of leaves points counter clockwise. Repeat the process of gluing as before, with leaves in pairs and pointing left and right.
- In the end, the wreath is two layers, or 4 leaves wide. No white paper plate shows through. If any of of the edge of the paper plate shows through, you can “patch” it with a leaf by layering it under the other leaves at that location.
Allow your wreath to dry for about an hour, and it’s ready to go. Such a bright and cheerful way to welcome visitors – and spring – to your home.
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