After recently helping a client with her mudroom and having to create space for gift wrap, I was reminded of a great resource that helps you rid your house of so many unwanted and costly items.
Believe it or not, it’s CRAFT PAPER! I could seriously write a book about the 100 uses of craft paper, but for the sake time, I will share with you my top 3 uses.
1. GIFT WRAP– It is great for gift wrap. You can stop hoarding those tacky gift bags and annoying sheets of tissue paper that are balled up in some box somewhere…I know you are proud of your collection, but it is so much more fun to give a gift using craft paper and add a simple ribbon or raffia. I have my kids decorate the paper for their friends’ birthday presents, which gives it so much more meaning. And when I realize I’ve run out of their cute gift tags by Bon Vivant I can scribble the “To & From” right on the paper. You can also use it to wrap fresh flowers using the same decorating effect.
2. KID ART– I always knew that kids were going to be expensive, but I didn’t know that approximately 1.2% of the budget was going to dedicated to owning a vast collection of coloring books. We have jumbo pads, Melissa & Doug coloring pads and every single Disney character themed coloring book on the market! And there they sit piled on top of each other with their pages half colored and ripped and stuck together all of which are deemed unusable by my 4 year old. If there is even so much as a water droplet on a page it is trash in her mind. So, we use craft paper. I cut only what is needed at the time. Waste not want not. And honestly, I have found that children are way more creative when given a blank sheet of paper than with a color by number of Strawberry Shortcake. And when she is lacking direction, I put a vase of flowers in front her or a car in front of my son. So fun to see their interpretation of things.
3. TABLE COVERINGS– This ties back to #2. I use it for all of the kids’ parties. Instead of buying cheap table cloths or worse, have them ruin my nice ones with paint and fruit punch, I use craft paper. You can dress it up with art work to coincide with a themed party or write on it the directions to a craft they might be doing. I also use it as a tablecloth for the kids’ table during holiday meals. For example, during Thanksgiving last year I used one of those cone thingys that holds gourds as the Crayon holder and the kids kept busy by playing tick-tac-toe and drawing pictures as we waited and waited and waited for the turkey.
I suggest that you keep a healthy supply on hand seeing as there are multiple uses for this trusty product. I recommend buying a 36″ roll of white or natural paper, which gives you about 1000 ft. to work with.
And to make things even easier, go ahead and spring for the convenient paper cutter (also in the matching size of 36″). The cutter is great
because it keeps it contained and easily accessible.
Plus, think of all the money you’ll save once you stop buying all of the other products that you have just eliminated! Go ahead, click and buy! I know you love the idea! What are your favorite uses for craft paper? Let us know!