Run out of wrapping paper? Try one of the ingenious and adorable ideas below…
Links to the blogs and websites that came up with the ideas are below each photo (I wish I could claim the ideas myself, but was too busy browsing the card and gift wrap section of our local department store). In Dubai, where wrapping paper generally costs more than the gift inside, these ideas are going to come in even more useful.
1. Colour Me
What you need: White paper, a set of colouring crayons, sticky tape, and the words ‘Colour Me’ (if you are really stuck, you could just pick the crayons in your child’s set that look the newest and include just two or three).
2. Potato Prints
What you need: White paper, watercolour paints, and a potato – I love the idea of turning a craft activity with the kids into something useful.
3. Photo Paper
What you need: Brown paper, printed photo, and string. This idea would be great for a grandparent’s gift – choose a picture of the kids (raid the photo frames if you are really stuck and replace them with new prints) and slide it quickly under the string to secure.
4. Road wrap
What you need: Brown paper, black paper, white chalk/pen/tippex, a toy car, and glue/strong tape. This is probably my favourite idea for little boys. Toy cars can be purchased for next to nothing in pound shops and charity shops (or invest in something snazzier as part of the gift). It’s so simple and so effective – and if your house is like mine, there are gazillions of the cars lying around that Stanley wouldn’t miss, so I could prepare it in a last minute panic too.
5. Paint splatter
What you need: White paper, watercolour paints, and optional string and bow. This idea is so simple that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. We are always throwing away sheets of paper boasting colourful messes of paint – so from now on, I’m going to keep them in a stash to wrap up gifts for Stanley and Wilfred’s friends. It looks surprisingly good when you add string and a bow too.
Let me know if you try any out!