by Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern Bear
Hanukkah starts December 8, so to get ready we thought we’d share a simple way of personalizing your gifts by making your own wrapping paper. It’s a great craft for all ages. I especially like that doing this craft with children shows them how the gift-giving process is equally as fun as receiving. This craft can also be adapted and personalized for the person who is receiving your gift, by creating or painting special designs on the paper, using ribbons, by tying a candle onto the top or even attaching a bag of gelt for the children. We picked up a Star of David cookie cutter with which to make our wrapping paper. Celebrate the Festival of Lights by giving your friends and family a gift wrapped from the heart!
– Blue acrylic paint
– Large sheet of paper or recycled paper grocery bags, cut open on all seams to lay flat
– Hanukkah cookie cutter or foam sponge
– White ribbon (optional)
3. Begin stamping onto the paper in whatever pattern (or non-pattern) you like best. We let the paint dry for 2 hours before using, just to be safe.
4. Wrap your gift as you would normally. We put a white ribbon and a Star of David gift tag to complete our gift!
Another fun twist to personalize the prints on your paper is to make your own stamps. Get sponges at the dollar store, draw a shape on them when they are dry and cut them out using a craft knife or scissors. You can use a stencil or just draw free-hand, just remember that bigger bulky shapes work the best.
How are you celebrating Hanukkah? We’d love to hear how you spend the holiday!