Homemade Wrapping Paper

Add a personal touch with handmade wrapping paper.

What you will need;

  • plain paper – we used A4 in the photo, but it’s much easier if you use A3 paper on a roll then you can cut it to the length needed.
  • 2 or 3 different coloured paints
  • various sponge shapes for printing

My daughter enjoyed dabbing the sponge into the different colours and making spots and a smiley face at first.

She extended her learning by making a heart shape, letters and numbers from spots. She also experimented with colour, mixing blue and red to make purple.

Once the paint was dry, the present was wrapped and finished with a beautiful ribbon.



Christmas Eve Hamper

Ever since I can remember, every year on the morning of Christmas eve, the Christmas elves would deliver our new pyjama’s and a Christmas story book. Because of this tradition, I looked forward to Christmas eve almost as much as I did Christmas day!

I couldn’t wait to continue this tradition with my own children – with the addition of our favourite Christmas must haves!

On the morning of Christmas eve, the children wake to discover their basket of goodies left out for them by the Christmas elves.

The basket usually contains a variation of the following;

  • new pyjama’s
  • a Christmas story book
  • a cuddly toy and
  • a Christmas craft activity
  • a small Christmas chocolate

Christmas Story Book

I love to share stories with my children, every evening we share a story at bedtime to wind down after our busy day. Christmas eve is full of excitement, my favourite book to share during the Christmas period has to be a treasury of Christmas stories. This means that we can share a different Christmas story each night between Christmas eve and new years day.

A cuddly toy – the perfect accompaniment to settle down with at story time and bedtime.

A Christmas chocolate, e.g;

  • chocolate coins
  • chocolate lollipop
  • chocolate figure – santa, penguin, snowman etc.

A Christmas craft activity

I change the chosen activity each year depending on the children’s age, interests and abilities, but some of our favourites include;

  • making melted snowman biscuits
  • decorating Christmas biscuits
  • decorate a Christmas bauble
  • make a Christmas decoration, e.g. popsicle stick star, pom pom wreath, beaded candy cane, pom pom fairy
  • Christmas paper plate craft
  • pom pom snowballs
  • Snow globe by My Frugal Adventures
  • Snowman activity tray by Happy Hooligans
  • Felt snowman activity by I Can Teach My Child
  • Popsicle stick crafts by Crafty Morning

Depending on the chosen activity, I collect everything that is needed to complete the activity into a gift box within the hamper.