At this point, you're either...
- Wrapping gifts
- Scrambling for that last minute gift
- Needing something to keep the kids entertained during the start of winter break.
Here's a craft that satisfies all three of those needs. You can use it as gift wrap, as an actual gift, or as a distraction from the fact that it's only 3 days until Christmas and your kids are bouncing off the walls!
Here's how you do it...
What you'll need:
- Small tote
- Fine tip Sharpie
- Paint pens
- Print out a cross stitch pattern to the size that you want it (leave a few inches on each side of the image for a border on your tote). I used a snowflake from Made to Treasure.
- Cut out the cross stitch grid pattern and tape it to your tote.
- With a fine-tip Sharpie, poke through the paper and make a dot onto the tote. Keep going until you've completed the whole grid. Don't forget to make a dot around the outside border of the grid.
- Following your pattern, use paint pens to draw x's in the shape of your pattern. Use colors that are contrasting enough that you can really see the design clearly.
Here are a few pics of the technique in progress...