It’s my favourite season of the year again – Christmas! Although we don’t get fluffy white snow here in Singapore, there is always a special atmosphere in the air that is full of love and giving whenever Christmas is around the corner.
That’s what I love most about Christmas!
In addition, we can get a chance to
… do many late-nights shopping,
… enjoy the beautiful light-up along Orchard Road,
… decorate the Christmas tree,
… spend time with family and friends,
… splurge on expensive gifts for our loved ones, and even ourselves!
Speaking of gifts, I like to wrap my own Christmas gifts to give them a unique personal touch. Of course, all the shops provide gift-wrapping services these days, but this is something personal that I like to do it on my own.
Getting the kids to help out in gift-wrapping raises their excitement level as Christmas approaches. From using commercial Christmas wrapping papers to making our own creative wrappers, getting the kids’ involvement also turns a mundane task into a family craft project.
We all know that kids love to get involved. To be a part of something important, and to contribute. And I think Christmas is the perfect time for us to get our kids involved in gift-wrapping and making personalized Christmas gift tags.
Even if their artworks may not look as appealing as those commercialized gift-wrappers, I think it’s alright because they at least had fun decorating and creating something together as a family. Nothing beats a present wrapped with love, little fingermarks and lots of laughter! I’m sure you’ll agree too.
Here are FIVE fun gift-wrapping ideas for you to get creative this Christmas – with your kids, of course!
You will need:
Newspapers, children’s artworks, scotch tapes, baker’s twine, Christmas gift tags, scissors, recyclable boxes or containers, paper bags, masking tapes, washi tapes, paints, stickers.
1. The kid’s artwork makes a perfect gift wrap
The kids will surely enjoy seeing their artworks on the packages they give to others, thus making them a perfect option for gift wraps.
So, start collecting some previous artworks from your child now. You can use the original or photocopy the artwork so you can re-use it. Wrap small gifts in the photocopied artwork with your child, it will surely add a personal touch to the gift itself!
2. Decorate our own paper bags
Paper bags double as a wrapping idea for homemade treats and smaller gifts. Instead of using plain-coloured paper bags, let our kids decorate the outsides of the bags with stickers, glitters, paints, paper cut-outs, felt or even jingle bells.
After the gift is placed inside the paper bag, fold over the top of the bag and punch a hole through the folded area. Thread a baker’s twine through the hole and neatly tie it to hold the bag closed. You can also decorate it with masking tapes. They add a beautiful finishing touch to the gift bags.
3. Make our own custom gift boxes
An old cereal box or other recyclable containers give us an option to make our own personalized Christmas gift boxes. We can either paint them, or wrap them in artworks or decorative papers. Tie a baker’s twine around the box as a final touch to the Christmas wrapping idea.
4. Recycle the newspapers
I can’t tell you how much I love the baker’s twine and newspaper look! It’s both vintage and modern, plus recycling is my priority. Even kids could do this! Print our own Christmas gift tags and tie them up using a baker’s twine for a beautiful finishing.
5. Make our own Christmas gift tags
Designing our own Christmas gift tags is certainly not an easy task to do. Thanks to the kind people at Fancy Girl Design Studio and Free Pretty Things, you can now download these beautiful Christmas gift tags for free.
Simply print them with a colour printer and add your own personal Christmas greetings, and voila, you’re good to go!
After all the crafting activities, please wash our hands with Lifebuoy antibacterial hand wash. Keeping our hands clean is our first weapon in fighting the spread of germs and therefore keeping ourselves illness free. Lifebuoy antibacterial hand wash protects the health of those we care for, all day long.
I hope these simple Christmas craft ideas add fun to your gift-wrapping this year by getting your kids involved. Hopefully, your packages stand out in the crowd too!