I truly enjoy wrapping presents. I like to add unusual embellishments or trims to my packages when I can, and when the presents all "match," that's even better. I have a bag full of construction-paper shapes that I prepared for the menorah craft I did a few weeks ago, so I thought up a good way to use them. (Some of them, at any rate; there's plenty left.)
Collaged gifts! My original thought was to buy a roll of drawing paper to wrap everything, but it was prohibitively expensive. I say prohibitive, because I don't think it's worth spending very much on something that is meant to be torn to pieces. Instead, I went to Home Depot and picked up a roll of 70 sheets of packing paper. It's essentially newsprint paper, and the sheets are big enough to wrap almost everything I had, though for a couple of packages I had to tape two sheets together.
I wrapped each gift in newsprint, then used glue stick to attach the paper shapes. I deliberately didn't want to create any complete pictures, opting to stay on the abstract side of things. I wrote the 'to: from:' info right on the shapes, which cut down on time, and (I think) looks cute.
They were a fun task to do while semi-watching TV, an activity I don't usually do without some handwork in front of me. Guilt-free TV watching, what a gift!
Happy holidays, everyone.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.