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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Celebrate, Craft, Featured, Life | 0 comments

Customized Gift Wrap, Designed by Your Little Picasso

I have had an obsession with saving paper. I cannot physically toss or even recycle a piece of paper if I can find another use for it, even if it just becomes scratch paper for random notes. Paper shopping bags are no exception. We have paper bags filled with more paper bags that have actually moved with us from house to house over the past several years because I just can’t let go. I try to reuse as many as I can, but I know that there will always be a gigantic annoying pile of unused paper bags in our basement. Because that’s just how many there are.

On a related note, I have an adamant thing against buying gift wrap. I refuse to purchase new tissue paper, gift bags and wrapping paper. I personally feel that it is a huge waste (of both money and trees). I make it a habit to save all of the wrapping from gifts we receive and I reuse everything.

I’m not really sure where this strong conviction for paper conservation came from. We live a very environmentally-conscious lifestyle and we recycle and reuse whenever we can, but this paper thing is weird. Maybe I was a tree in a previous life. Or maybe it isn’t that complicated and I just can’t face the fact that I’m a hoarder. A paper hoarder.

Having kids did not help this dilemma. I have saved every single drawing by my kids since the day they learned to hold a crayon, even if the “picture” is just a tiny scribble on a piece of paper. I love to display as much of their artwork as I can on our walls, but this little collection was starting to take up some real storage space.

Last Christmas, I came up with an idea that would solve all of my embarrassing paper issues! One solution for all of my paper predicaments. We recycled and repurposed some of Jackson and Finley’s artwork and transformed them into our very own customized wrapping paper! The grandparents absolutely loved it!

Customized gift wrap, designed by your little Picasso! A fun way to make good use of those big stacks of drawings by your kids that you've kept but don't know what to do with!  {RayneBo}

And this is how we are taking care of my paper bag hoarding problem. The only thing you need for this DIY is glue! Pictured below are some samples of what we’ve made.

Customized gift wrap, designed by your little Picasso! A fun way to make good use of those big stacks of drawings by your kids that you've kept but don't know what to do with!  {RayneBo}

I’m not really sure where this art project came from but it’s kinda creepy, so we’ll call it a “Halloween Treat Bag.”

Customized gift wrap, designed by your little Picasso! A fun way to make good use of those big stacks of drawings by your kids that you've kept but don't know what to do with!  {RayneBo}

Jackson loved this bag so much, he designated it to be his “firetruck bag” and he totes it around the house.

Customized gift wrap, designed by your little Picasso! A fun way to make good use of those big stacks of drawings by your kids that you've kept but don't know what to do with!  {RayneBo}

Flower delivery for our neighbors.

Customized gift wrap, designed by your little Picasso! A fun way to make good use of those big stacks of drawings by your kids that you've kept but don't know what to do with!  {RayneBo}

I just love this idea. It’s great way to help save trees and money at the same time. I’ve also noticed that our customized gift wrap projects have encouraged my kids to practice expressing their inner Picassos even more. They are always very proud to present a gift to someone when it’s wrapped in one of their own paintings, which makes it that much more special. And I want them to believe that anything they create on paper is always beautiful, no matter what it looks like. 🙂 Try creating some of your own customized gift wrap with your kiddos. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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