Step 1: Supplies
- 1 paper grocery bag
- clear tape
- crayons, markers, etc
- gift to be wrapped (pictured is the dutch oven for my mother's birthday)
- optional: children to do the decorating (this adds to the cuteness, especially for relatives of said children)
Step 2: Cut Bag to Form One Flat Piece
Turn and cut around the bottom to remove the folded and glued portion; set aside or discard (i was glad i saved mine...see step 4)
Step 3: Wrap the Gift
Fold up ends to cover and tape down.
Fold loose sides of paper to cover the sides of the gift; tape. Turn and repeat on the opposite end.
Step 4: Patch Up Gaps
If you have a small gap, use the leftovers from the bottom of the shopping bag in Step 2.
Tear carefully to unfold and remove excess layers of paper and glue. Cut the needed amount and tape down; small loops of clear tape will help disguise the patch.
My four-year-old even invented a use for this little pocket--to hold a secret note for Nana!
Step 5: Decorate
I let the kids go crazy with crayons. They chose to portray the upcoming party scene.
Step 6: Optional: Decorate With Scraps
I repeated step 2 and then cut the paper lengthwise to make a banner. I cut small squares of the second half for coasters. Be creative and you suddenly have a brown-paper themed party!