This is hardly a new idea, but my kids LOVED it. We recently bought a massive roll of paper...you know like the big rolls they have at school for covering bulletin boards with. I mostly got it for a project we did in Little Brother's room (that I'm hoping to show you soon), but it also came in really handy for this project.
You don't have to have the massive paper roll to do this, though. I think this would look awesome done on newsprint (with or without printing...on top of black and white comics would be cool) too.
Materials: Tempera (poster) paints, cookie cutters, large lid, paper for decorating.
Put some paint onto a lid. I used a lid from our food storage cans. We started out trying to use a plate, but our plates were too curved on the bottom. Don't skimp on the paint. You want plenty.
Dip the cookie cutters in the paint. I used the "non-cutting" side because it was wider and more blunt to give slightly wider lines. I found that the simpler shaped cookie cutters worked best. (The elf shape in the pic didn't work so well...but the Christmas tree, stars, candy canes, etc worked great.)
Stamp it onto your paper.
Let it dry.
And you're done!
The kids LOVED having such a large "canvas" to work on and loved this project. Firecracker even got creative and used her feet. I might make some later with Sweet Pea's foot and hand prints to use for baby showers.
After the kids went down for their naps, I had some fun of my own. I stamped some more wrapping paper of my own. I thought I took a picture of mine before using it...but I forgot. Here's what mine looked like after it was used as wrapping paper. I made some with red candy canes and green Christmas trees, and I made another kind with large and small Christmas trees in two shades of green.
And since I really don't like the plastic "ribbon" used for wrapping, I decided to take after my Nana a bit and wrap them up with red yard. My Nana is famous for this...and my yarn isn't as soft as what she uses, but I think it stands out nicely against the mostly white paper.
You could also do this with sponge painting, but one advantage to the cookie cutters is that it dries pretty quickly since there's not all that much paint transfered.
One thing to be aware of with this is that with the paper I used, you can see through it a touch, so I ended up covering the boxes in newspaper before wrapping...if the box actually said what was inside. We reuse a lot of old boxes here though, so if it was a reused box, I didn't bother with the double wrapping.