If your home is anything like mine, its cabinets contain coloring books full of drawn-on pages and other coloring books that your kids probably won’t ever get to.
Today’s hint is an idea for what to do with those completed – and extra – coloring books (besides throwing them in the recycling bin): Use the pages as wrapping paper for gifts.
This trick came to me when we were out of wrapping paper and gift bags at our home and I needed to wrap a birthday gift. I tore out some pages from a coloring book, taped them to the gift and then let my children loose to color the paper with markers.
The result: an art activity for my kids combined with a wrapped gift. Looking for more uses for old coloring books? You also could rip out the pages and put them up on a wall to create a drawing-wall activity.
What if you’re not a borderline hoarder like me and you actually throw out old coloring books? If you don’t have old or extra coloring books on hand, you can still turn wrapping gifts into an art activity.
Tissue paper and construction paper also work great for turning wrapping presents into a kid-friendly activity. Here’s an example in the image below of where I wrapped a gift in construction paper and then had my son decorate it with markers and stickers.
Want more tips on wrapping gifts for less? Check out this tip for holiday-season wrapping. And if you happen to actually have too much wrapping paper around the house, here’s a tip for you on what to do with those extra wrapping paper rolls.
What clever uses have you found for old coloring books?