At some point when I was a kid my Mom decided she was tired of buying wrapping paper for it to be ripped up and gone so quickly. It's expensive and wasteful she said. So, about 4 or 5 months before Christmas we'd start getting our groceries in paper bags, and we'd rip the bags apart and use them to wrap the presents. The presents that were being mailed were wrapped in normal paper.
Then the kids (that would be mainly me because my brother wasn't really interested in this) would decorate the presents with ribbons and Christmas cards and whatever else we had on hand.
Fast forward a bunch of years and now I have kids. And I LOVE this idea. However, now they look at you funny if you ask for paper bags. Most stores do not have paper bags anymore. Which is super weird considering the big environmental push and the whole idea that plastic is horrible. So I buy 10 yards of butcher paper for about $5.
So, I cut it into lengths that fit my kitchen floor and we paint it. Or stamp it. Or as Superman is apparently doing we draw monsters on it. He drew a whole storyline on this picture.
I can sometimes get them to paint handprints. I think those are some of the cutest.
Here he's adding in paper cutouts. That wasn't really what I was intending it for.....
First painting spree's finished product. We'd used almost every type of painting implement we had. I introduced them to the idea of cookie cutter painting, which looks super cute for making wrapping paper. And all in all lots of fun was had by all, followed by a bath!