A few years back I acquired a large roll of butcher paper. This paper has served many purposes: table coverings, blank canvases for many art projects, etc. However, my favorite use of this paper is to create homemade wrapping paper.
Ever since the Owl has been old enough to hold a Do-A Dot marker he's been decorating the wrapping paper for all his friend's gifts. Using do-a dots, crayons, stickers, markers, even paint we've decorated one of kind wrapping paper to adorn our gifts.
This morning, the Owl surprised me with actually drawing a race car for his friend. He spent about 30 minutes creating his masterpiece, of which he is so proud. I know he will be delivering his present with a huge smile on his face today!!
Rolls of paper can be purchased at any school supply or office supply company. However, if you have paper mills near by you may want to contact them to see if they would donate remnants, scraps or overstock to you!
If you don't have any butcher paper on hand, recycling brown paper bags from the grocery store works well too!