Wrapping paper has been used extensively for friezes and individual paintings; but it offers many opportunities in the making of useful articles. Any small pieces of wrapping paper, wrinkled from past use, may be used for this work.
These may be used for gift wrapping, in book making, covering of boxes, book covers and many other projects.
Shave scraps of old crayons into a small quantity of kerosene, turpentine or cleaning fluid. Let soak until crayon is dissolved. Pour the mixture on top of a large shallow pan of water, stir slightly and lay paper on surface of water, remove immediately and dry. Several colors may be used in a single bath. If the water is warm it facilitates the work. When dry the paper may be placed between two pieces of newspaper and pressed with an iron.
Make a starch mixture of four level tablespoons of corn starch and one pint of water. Mix corn starch and small quantity of water, stir this into remainder of water which is boiling. When clear remove from fire and it is ready for use. Starch as made for clothes from flour or gloss starch may be used. Pour part of the starch into a small dish and add powdered chalk for the desired color. Use any kind of brush to paint the mixture all over the paper. Several colors may be used on one paper. While wet drag a comb through the starch making the de-
Cardhoard Combs sired pattern. A comb is made of cardboard with notches of different sizes. The fingers, pieces of crumpled paper, real combs and other things may be used to make the pattern. Dry and use.
Wet a tough wrapping paper all over both sides, paint on dabs or stripes of color in as many colors as desired. While wet crumple paper in hand, as if to throw it away, open and dry. Press with an iron and use.
Fold paper several times so as to form many small squares or rectangles. Using these as the frame work draw an all-over pattern with crayon. Use chiefly lines, not filling in much space with solid crayon. When design is finished paint, crumple and iron between two sheets of newspaper.
Very simple design units may be cut in a potato. Cut the potato in two and draw the design on the flat surface thus made Cut away the part that is not to print. Wipe the potato dry before applying paint. Watercolors, used quite dry, or colored calcimine or white calcimine colored with chalk (see page 22) may be brushed on with an ordinary paint brush. Print the design by stamping potato on any wrapping paper which should have a number of thicknesses of newspaper under it.
Printing may also be done with corks, spools, small sticks, matches, erasers and other objects of pleasing shape. Make a stamp pad from a piece of felt from an old hat or a small piece of cotton, place in a tin lid and saturate with water color paint, chalk powdered and wet with water, ordinary ink or bluing. Stamp the sticks on the pad and then on the paper to make the desired design. Paper may be painted with watercolors and dried before printing. Be sure there is a pad of newspapers under the paper to be printed. Suitable for all grades.
Book jacket made of decorated wrapping paper. Wrapping Paper Apron.
Any of the decorated papers described above may be used for book jackets, wall paper is also excellent. Cut the paper as wide as the height of the book and long enough to go around the book and fold in about three inches at the edges of the back and front covers. Suitable for all grades.
Use a tough paper, fold lengthwise and cut both sides alike. Use three strips of cloth about one inch wide torn from an old sheet for ties and to go around the neck. These strips may be dyed any color. Punch holes at the shoulders and sides and paste a small circle of adhesive tape on the back over each hole for reinforcement. Pull cloth strips through the holes tying knots on back so they will not pull through. A crayon border may be used on the apron. These aprons might be made from flour sacks. Suitable for lower and middle grades.
Wrapping paper rabbit, doll and pillow stuffed with newspaper and blanket stitched with string.
Children can make their patterns for articles from newspaper, folded and cut making both sides alike. Lay pattern on two pieces of tough wrapping paper and cut back and front of article at same time. Draw in features and designs with crayon, sew up with string, which may be dyed, using blanket stitch. Stuff with crumpled newspaper or excelsior. Inner tubes make very durable animals. Holes for sewing must be punched around edges with a leather punch. Scraps of new or old oilcloth may be used for pillows or animals. Dolls may be dressed in paper or cloth. Suitable for lower and middle grades.
Construct the kite by using two thin sticks of wood (pieces twenty and thirty inches long are good). Fasten the sticks with string at the center as shown on page 38. Run a string around edges of sticks. Lay this frame on a piece of thin wrapping paper and cut paper about two inches larger than the frame. Remove paper and sketch design with white chalk, filling in with crayon when design is suitable. Give thought to spacing of the design and be sure that it fills the entire shape of the kite. Place frame on paper, pull up edges and paste. Fasten on guide strings and tail which may be made of old rags. Suitable for middle and upper grades.
Wrapping paper kite showing construction and design. Fish kite.