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Gift-Wrap Wreath

A craft that uses leftover wrapping paper and bows

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Throw down a challenge to your kids: before tossing something away, think of a new way to use it. Case in point: leftover holiday gift wrap and bows can be repurposed into cheerful wreaths. The age-old thrifty ditty “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is just as timely today as it was during the Great Depression, and a worthwhile rhyme for any kid—or adult — to memorize. (Try it while walking or skipping!)
Gift-Wrap Wreath
What You’ll Need
  • Styrofoam or cardboard ring
  • Leftover gift wrap
  • Safety scissors
  • Tape
  • Leftover bows or curling ribbons
What to Do

1. Cut wrapping paper into strips. Wrap the strips around a Styrofoam or cardboard ring and tape them in place.

2. Decorate the wreath with bows or ribbons.

3. Hang your wreath on a door or in a window.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids:  Turn fun-size candy bars into little presents by tying each one with a crisscross of ribbon. Tie the candy “presents” to the gift-wrap wreath with another long piece of curling ribbon. Curl the ends of the ribbons with safety scissors. Enjoy a piece of candy every night, using the scissors to cut the candy off the wreath.

For older kids: Make wreaths in multiples and distribute them to a nursing home, public library, or the homes of the elderly in your neighborhood so more people can enjoy the cheer.

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It’s Family Game & and Movie Night! After dinner and flicks, you’re ready to take on a puzzle challenge. Which puzzle do you try to solve before bedtime?