We’ve purchased most of our gifts online this year, so boxes showing up at our house is almost a daily occurrence. The stack of boxes in the garage is getting pretty tall, so this weekend I decided to put some of the cardboard to use by making gingerbread house gift tags. I had planned to make them by myself – you know, so Jason and Jenna wouldn’t wonder why Santa was using our homemade gift tags – but Jenna can always tell when I’ve got something crafty going on in the office and it wasn’t long before she was in on the action. Since starting school, Jason has become much more interested in coloring and crafts, so of course, he joined in.
These are very easy to make and could be used as gift tags or ornaments. I started by cutting a few panels off of cardboard boxes (in areas that didn’t have any printing) and then made a couple of house patterns out of regular paper. I traced the patterns onto the cardboard and then cut the cardboard using a ruler and extacto knife. We used a white Galaxy Marker (which can be purchased at Hobby Lobby) and charcoal crayons to decorate the houses. Once the houses were complete, I used a hole punch at the top and then tied some silver twine through the hole.
And now we have our very first present under the tree:
Our house is overflowing with toys. So much so that I often resist buying new ones, despite much pleading from J+J. Last summer I revamped Jenna’s outdoor water table in an effort to make it seem like an entirely new toy, and I have to say, that was pretty successful. This week I tried a similar approach by repurposing a few things from my own kitchen that were likely headed for the trash.
First, I mixed some acrylic craft paint that I had on hand.
I painted the wooden spoons with a paint brush, but the smaller spoon I dipped into the paint. Once the spoons were dry, I added a coat of decoupage glue. I tried to capture step-by-step photos as I was going along, but didn’t quite pull that off. Luckily, I found this tutorial that does a great job documenting the painted spoons.
Bowls and Cutting Board
The bowls were much more of a challenge (for me, at least). I started out trying to dip the bowls so that they were half-dipped, half wood, but that was pretty messy and I couldn’t figure out how to let them dry without paint dripping everywhere. Instead, I poured some paint inside the bowl and then continued to tilt the bowl until the paint covered the entire surface of the interior. I also covered these in decoupage glue once they were dry. One of the bowls I think I left to dry too long before covering with glue, and the paint became cracked. I think it’s probably best to coat them as soon as the paint is dry instead of waiting a couple of days (like I did).
For the cutting board, I used decoupage glue to cover the surface with pink paper and then added a few circles. As you can probably guess by now, Jenna loves pink!