Packing Paper Turned Wrapping Paper – don’t try to say that five times fast….you’ll hurt yourself.

Adrian and I made homemade wrapping paper for Josie’s 8th birthday party.

So we moved from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Northern Virginia right before Christmas. We had a lot of stuff. Holy cow. Four moving trucks worth! Which meant 4 weekends traveling, packing and unpacking. And during our move mommy caught a cold and lost her voice. That was awesome. Trying to tell people where to take things, and occasionally yell at the kids, with no voice. Yeah. Awesome.

A friend donated his leftover moving boxes and packing paper (thank God)… but the over-achieving frugal part of me thought I should try to save some of it for projects; either just as paper to protect our tables during projects or like we did here— WRAPPING PAPER! It’s one of a kind paper, and a project for Adrian. Every day after we moved here, and Josie went to school leaving him here with mommy, the first thing he said to me after, ‘What can I eat for breakfast?’ was, “Can we do a project?” This project was a great one. I could set him up with stamp pads, stamps, paper, and baby wipes for cleaning off the stamp. (I think I’ll buy baby wipes forever. They are so great for so many things.) And then while he gets his craft on, I can do other things. Like clean a toilet or stare at Pinterest.

I love taking pictures of his little hands.

And you know what’s great about this paper? It’s already been crumbled up protecting our household items, so it’s easy to store it for future use. Just shove it in a corner or in a drawer. No need to keep it neat and tidy like you do your fancy rolls of wrapping paper. Right now I have a 4 inch thick pile of paper piled up under my craft table. The cat sleeps on it. Whatever kitty. You weirdo.

This project was for Josie’s 8th birthday which went off without a hitch, on Feb. 7th. We just didn’t get to coordinate a giant Super Bowl party with her birthday, which is what we always did in Salisbury, MD. It was just us and Gramma. And these adorable gifts. And Batman cake pops (which is another post.) We are looking forward to making more homemade wrapping paper for other gifts!

Once he got the hang of it, he really had fun.


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