TUTORIAL: Finger Painted Gift Tags

I’m sure I’m not the only person who gets tired of using regular Christmas gift tags. They’re usually pretty boring, they rarely match your wrapping paper, and they’re not very personal. How about asking your little one to help you to create these cute, personal tags using finger paint? My daughter is only 20 months old, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love showing off her artistic skills whenever I get the chance!
This is a fun (and messy) little project which is perfect to include your babies, toddlers and even older children in! My daughter loved sliding her hands around in the paint, and I’m sure yours will, too. Just make sure you have an old towel at hand!
Note: Although safe to touch, don’t let your child eat the paints. If you’re working with a baby then take care to keep their hand away from mouths. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Child-safe finger paints (I bought mine from Poundland)
  • A3 piece of plain paper (or a few A4 pieces)
  • An old towel
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • A tray or something similar to put the paint onto
  • Newspaper (optional)

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Step one: 
Squirt a few dollops of paint onto your tray, leaving some space between each.
TIP: If possible, buy paints which come in pump bottles. It just helps to minimise the mess, because let’s face it, there’s going to be enough of that!

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Step two: 
Let your child go wild with the paints. I had my paper on laminate flooring so I didn’t bother putting newspaper down as it came off very easily, but if you’re working on carpet then I strongly suggest laying newspaper or scrap paper underneath everything.
Give your child some guidance, but mainly just let them have fun with it if they’re old enough. Colours will smudge and mix, but that’s okay. Try to get as many finger prints as possible.

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Step three: 
Leave the painting to dry completely whilst you bathe your little girl or boy.

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Step four: 
Cut lots of holly shapes out of the paper. This may be a job for you to do, depending on child’s age.

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Step five: 
Use your holly leaves as gift tags, and use whatever other materials you like to decorate your wrapping paper.

 

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Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment below with any questions, suggestions or constructive criticism. 
Have a lovely Christmas! 

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