Joanna Anastasia

kids craft

DIY wrapping paper

diy wrapping paper

While I’m not always a DIY busy bee, I usually tend to get more crafty for the holidays! Of course I know that Christmas can be very busy , but for me it’s the excuse to actually slow down and craft a little more with my daughters. Because I really enjoy starting the preparation early, keeping things simple and listening to  Christmas music while doing so!

And when my daughter Lili was two years old, we started making wrapping paper together. It’s not perfect, shiny and detailed like the store-bought one. Honestly it’s a bit messy and rather imperfect. But we have so much fun making it! And now, when Lili is almost five, and Rose is approaching three, I have not one, but two little helpers to help me with my Christmas preparations!

diy wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

Also, I really love the Scandinavian Xmas vibes, with its nature inspired simplicity. So every year I make these simple stamps that we use to stamp white paper with. I find the result adorable, and my kids have a blast stamping along!

And I think that making a hand-made wrapping paper teaches kids a lot about the real joy of giving! I think that thanks to our little craft they actually look forward to give their gifts to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and they can’t wait to see the looks on their faces and to tell that it’s not only them who helped wrapping the gifts, but it’s also them who made the wrapping paper itself!

This potato stamp wrapping paper is a great and simple winter activity for kids, while the effect is both practical and festive! And now you can wrap all your gifts without spending extra money on wrapping paper!

You can find the full tutorial here, in our Hello Holiday Guide, among other simple festive DIY ideas!

Happy wrapping!

<em>Photos of me in this post where captured by <a href=”http://www.donnagriffith.com/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

DIY giant colouring pages

Make these DIY giant colouring pages with your kids and keep them occupied on a rainy day

Didn’t you always want to draw on the wall as a child? I did! And actually once, just before painting the house, my mom did let me draw on the walls. I remember I loved it so much! But obviously I’m not letting my kids to paint on the walls. But recently I came across giant colouring pages on Etsy, and that inspired me to make my own.

I’m not an illustrator, but my kids still loved colouring it. So if you don’t feel like an artist yourself, you can either get the Etsy one, or try making some simple colouring pages yourself. Smily clouds, flowers and fishes are simple enough! If you’re more talented than I am, you can add some animals too.

Colouring pages

Here’s what you’ll need:

Big roll of paper ( like the one from ikea)
Black sharpie
Tape

Colouring pages

Draw some simple things like: clouds, banners, little houses, fishes, flowers and stars.
Hang your colouring pages on the wall. Let them colour.

Colouring pages

And then they started to colour it, and draw on it. And I had piece and quite in the house :). It’s a win-win situation, wouldn’t you say?

Colouring pages

I let them try different tools too: crayons, pensions and some colourful chalk. It did look like a quite messy drawing at the end, but that’s the way it should be 🙂

Colouring pages

Do you think your kids would like it?