It's a Wrap!
Scraps of gift paper in a few complementary colors and an old toothbrush are used to make this card.
1 sheet of white construction paper
¼ cup water-based green paint
1. Fold the construction paper in half. Set aside.
2. Cut out ornament shapes -- Christmas balls, trees, angels, or stars -- from wrapping-paper scraps. Try using different paper patterns to create several pretty ornaments. You might also cut a narrow strip from one piece of wrapping paper and glue it onto an ornament cutout as an extra decorative touch, as in photo, above. Set aside.
3. Wet the toothbrush and dip it lightly into the paint, then show your child how to gently press the bristles onto paper so they fan out slightly, to create pine-tree branches. Have your child practice first on a piece of scrap paper, then help her press the brush onto the card paper. Let the paint dry for about 20 minutes.
4. Glue ornament cutouts to the branches (a few can "dangle" below them). Use the black marker to draw hooks on the ornaments.