Last-Minute Fun and Frugal Holiday Crafts

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Genevieve Thiers on Oct 28, 2011 at 5:39PM

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a Genevieve Thiers on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:41PM

1. Unroll the paper to the size you need and cut a sheet for each child.
TIP: Put something heavy on all four corners of each sheet so that it doesn't curl up while the child works -- or let him draw directly on a wrapped present.

2. Cut simple shapes out of the sponges, like circles, triangles and stars.

3. Pour the paint onto paper plates and let the kids dip the sponges in and decorate the paper.
TIP: Paint repeating patterns across the length of the sheet to mimic real wrapping paper.

4. Make "ribbon" for smaller presents by cutting two thick strips of one color of construction paper and two thinner strips of a different color. Glue each thin strip on top of a thick strip. Place the wrapped present (upside down) on top of one of the strips. Fold the ends across the present and glue them. Repeat with the other strip, making sure it goes across the opposite side of the gift.

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