6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas

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If you have little kids you may well have the same problem that I do: art, art everywhere. Every piece is a masterpiece, and they are so proud of each and every one. You can only hang up so many, then the space runs out and you still have an enormous pile taking up space on your kitchen bench. Sneakily you might throw some in the recycling when they aren’t looking, but always with a heavy heart and guilty conscience. They worked hard on that and it looks so bright and cheerful! I must admit I’ve hoarded a box full of their pre-school art in the garage, I’m not sure why I find it so hard to part with. Here I have come up with six easy ideas to turn those excess kids masterpieces into something special, and it’s easy too and will save you money on gifts and wrap this Christmas!

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1. The obvious: gift wrap. Put a pretty twist on this idea by slicing the artwork into strips with a craft knife and metal ruler, then layer with kraft paper and wool or twine. You will need to buy the roll of kraft paper, but they come fairly cheap for a long sized roll so it’s quite cost effective and looks so pretty.

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If you have older kids they’ll probably be painting and drawing less abstract art, you can still use this by cutting it out and sticking on to the paper as a design element.

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2. A pencil tin: Cover an aluminium can first in kraft paper and then use a strip of the artwork to layer on top. Finish it off with some wool and a feather and bead tied in a knot. I have little girls who adore beading so we have these supplies on hand. This is a cute gift idea filled with some new pencils & textas.

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3. Gift tags: Stick the artwork on to board and cut it out into the shape of a gift tag. Punch a hole and tie a piece of string or ribbon through. Cute, right?

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4. A simple card: Make a sweet card by cutting out a square from the artwork, and sticking it on to a heavier piece of card stock. For this card I cut out a heart and stuck down on top of the art, but this is entirely optional.

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5. A bookmark: Stick the artwork onto heavier card stock and cut it into the shape of a bookmark. I used the templates I created for the tissue paper stained glass bookmarks we made earlier in the year to make this one, you can find them here. Finish it off by punching a hole and tying a feather and a bead on the end of some string.

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6. A gift bag: Fold the artwork into a gift bag. I used the easy tutorial from here to make this one.

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There’s tons more repurposing you could do with the bright, colourful artwork you get from young children. The sky is the limit, so create away. Hope you’ve found some inspiration here.
This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Kate from The Craft Train.
Meet Kate: I’m Kate, mother of two and blogger at The Craft Train. I aim to keep our craft ideas simple, achievable, inexpensive and creative – oh, and fun too. Hope you like them!

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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers

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