Have you had one of those moments when you realise in an utter panic that one of your children has a birthday party TODAY and although you have bought the present, it’s not wrapped and you forgot to buy a card?

Yep
– except for the most uber organised parents out there –
this very real terror exists.
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Watercolour Background for an amazing gift card - super cheap to make and  a fantastic activity for bored children in the holidays

But . . . . 

. . . . I know how to fix it.

Watercolour Background for an amazing gift card - super cheap to make and  a fantastic activity for bored children in the holidays

If you set up the dining table with a work station for just a couple of hours these holidays, your  *short people* will be able to Create a stash of emergency gift cards & wrapping paper – ready for any forgotten occasion.

In my next tutorial I will show you how to turn these cute little backgrounds into the perfect card for the perfect recipient.

What you need:

  • White paper – any sort (even 80gsm printer paper)
  • Bigger pieces for wrapping paper
  • Paints – watercolours are best, but even test pots of house paint will do 🙂
  • Brushes – if you don’t have brushes, I have an alternative (Step 4 below)
  • Water
  • Clean up cloth or wipes

A Little hint:

and then keep the wipes/t-shirt
– I will have a tutorial to use them next week.

Just lay them out to dry and then keep them in a a bag
ready to Create to some handmade flowers.

Here’s How:

  1. Put a tiny dob of paint into a small container – any acrylic paint will work
  2. Fill the container with water and stir – dissolve all the paint
  3. You can pre-wet the paper with clean water or leave it dry
  4. If you don’t have any brushes then you can use almost any cloth – I’ve used an old pair of reg grundies (undies)
  5. Dab and drag – the most wonderful backgrounds are totally random. Let your children make rough dabs of colour and then they can watch it spread across the wet surface.
  6. You can control the work to some degree, by only having certain colours available. Choose colours that are complimentary and then let them have the freedom of Creating
  7. When you clean up, use wet wipes or an old white t-shirt

Watercolour Background for an amazing gift card - super cheap to make and  a fantastic activity for bored children in the holidays

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Watercolour Background for an amazing gift card - super cheap to make and  a fantastic activity for bored children in the holidays