There are lots of benefits to kids making wrapping paper - creative artistic expression for the kids, quiet time for you, and one of a kind wrapping paper for your gifts! I love this example at Warm Hot Chocolate.
Guest posting today is Annie, the creator of Alphabet Glue! Learn how to make comic books, or graphic novels, with this excerpt from Volume Eight!
DIY Comic Books from Alphabet Glue
Ever since discovering a love for her father’s childhood collection
of Calvin and Hobbes books last winter, my little girl has been all
about the comics. From Garfield to Peanuts, she seems to find endless
enjoyment in reading and rereading the humorous misadventures of her favorite cartoon characters. So what better activity for a slow summer
afternoon (or a rainy early fall one, really) than sketching up a
homemade comic of her very own? After some amount of debate about the
details, we decided that making these draw-your-own comic books feel
authentic meant that they should have boldly printed panels to contain
the action and that the binding should be no fancier than plain old
staples. The plus side of my daughter’s insistence on keeping it real
is that this is one bookmaking project that is super easy and almost
entirely focused on content.
Download the PDF (below) to find instructions for putting together the simplest of
books to house one-of-a-kind comic panels drawn by you and yours. And,
just for fun and the sake of simplicity, you’ll also find pages
outfitted with comic panel templates that can be easily printed if the
idea is just to get busy drawing and not to fuss with things like rulers
and making straight lines. So grab a pencil and let’s get going!
I love the combination of foil and shoe polish and remember doing something very similar when I was in school. Although this project has multiple steps none of it is hard and the results are stunning! Get all the details and more pictures at Make It... A Wonderful Life.