Kid art as wrapping paper
Maggie has found an ideal use for her daughter's painting projects:
Every week, my daughter comes home from daycare with lots of artwork - including two or three big sheets of newsprint covered with tempera. I can't keep all of it, but I feel guilty tossing it. So, the vaguely color appropriate became Christmas wrapping. It's also been used as birthday wrapping for her school chums. And, I wrapped all of her own birthday presents with her own paper. She didn't seem to notice.
I've cut my kids' art pieces into strips which I then glued to pre-folded blank cards, and they looked beautiful and modern. Or, if you're tired of the clutter but can't abide cutting up or tossing your kid's creations, digitize them.
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