Crafting with Canvas Club: 2 fun gift-wrapping crafts

Rather than spend good money on overpriced wrapping paper that mostly gets torn up and thrown away, why not get your little team of creative crafters to make wrapping paper?

These super easy crafts will produce unique wrapping paper that’s bound to delight as much as the gift – and we’re pretty sure this wrapping will be displayed or saved for next year!

Funky Arty Paper

This art process is really fun and easy. You can select any colours you like, to go with the theme of the occasion, or the recipient’s favourite colours.

Credit: Happyhooligans

You’ll need these supplies:

  • A3 sheet of paper
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paint brushes
  • A hair dryer
  •  A plastic sheet or vinyl tablecloth

To craft:

First, thin your paint with a bit of water and then let the kids use paintbrushes to paint, drip, splatter and dribble 3 colours on paper.  Don’t cover the page too much – you want the hairdryer to be able to do its thing.

Now hand the hairdryer over to your child, and have them blow the paint all over the paper.  You can tape the paper in place on your table to prevent it from blowing away, or you can hold it in place while your child blasts it. Remember to use a plastic sheet or vinyl tablecloth to protect your table.

Reindeer Gift Bag

This is another lovely idea for teachers, grandparents and friends.

Credit: Fiscars

You’ll need these supplies:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Felt or paper for making the face
  • Scissors
  • Red glitter
  • Glue
  • A stapler
  • Cardboard or pipe cleaners for the antlers

To craft:

Create the face using felt pieces and craft eyes, or simply cut it out using paper: a large oval layered under a circle nose and two ovals for eyes, layered under two pop-up circle pupils. To add glitter to the nose, coat with glue and sprinkle to cover with red glitter.

Either cut the antlers out of cardboard, paint them brown and – once dry – stick them to the bag, or use three brown pipe cleaners for each antler and twist each set of three into one. Fold each one at the end to form antlers. Bend each side up once secured inside top of bag.

Thanks to Canvas Club for these great activities. Read more about them here.

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