12 Ways to Upgrade Your Gift-Wrapping Using Office Supplies

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Jeff Harris
Put the kids to work crafting great-looking gifts with just a few office supplies!
Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Mondrian

Align a few sticky notes (cut some in half), then add blacktape lines to cover the intersections.

Tip: Our secret moneysaver is bulletin-board paper! We got a 4x50-foot roll for $16 on Amazon. Use it to do the basic wrapping ahead of time (be sure to label the backs), then let your children get creative!

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Mandalas

Arrange adhesive flags in a circle, then add a layer of flags in a contrasting color on top of them.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Mod Tree

Trim notes into triangles, fringe the edges, and layer on top of one another. Top with a foil star.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Little Gifts

Place a few notes on your package, then layer on black-tape ribbon and bows.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Great Garland

Draw a few curves of “string” across the gift, then dot the stickers along them.

Tip: Have your child use dots in one or two color families for a pro look—or don’t, for a wilder feel!

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Ribbon Run

Cut hole reinforcements in half, then arrange them in a line down your gift. 

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Confetti

Place stickers in a random pattern, starting in one corner.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Snowflake

Begin in the center and build out a symmetrical pattern using dots and reinforcements.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Fireworks

Cut labels into strips, then crisscross them into starburst shapes.

Tip: Your child can draw anything she likes (think: the recipient’s portrait or a winter scene) to adorn a special present. The artwork is half the gift! 

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Santa’s Belt

Wrap your present with a strip of black paper or tape, then stick on a label with the center cut out.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Citrus Slices

Draw circles and spokes on labels, then cut them out and place on your present.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Starry Sky

Draw patterns onto labels, Zentangle-style, then cut them corner to corner to get triangles. Arrange into stars.

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Meet Jean

Jean Van’t Hul is the founder of the blog ArtfulParent.com, full of arts-and-crafts activities for kids. She has written two books, The Artful Parent and The Artful Year, and lives in Asheville, NC, with her family. 

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