The sun is shining. The tulips are blooming. And full-blown summer bliss is just around the bend. So we couldn't help but start thinking about all those summer gifts we want to give: birthdays, weddings and thank yous for our cookout hosts. Or the sweet surprises we're giving just because we're so thrilled we can walk barefoot through the grass again. We also couldn't stop dreaming up ways to make the gift wrap look as summery as our mood. Check out our five favorites.

 

 

Feather Wrapping Paper

Materials:

  • Brown wrapping paper or postal paper
  • Colored or patterned paper
  • Burlap
  • Green twine
  • Gift tag
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Optional: Hot Glue
Instructions:

  1. Wrap gift in brown paper.
  2. Cut colored/patterned paper into feather shapes.
  3. Wrap burlap around the center of the gift, secure in back with tape (or hot glue).
  4. Tie green twine around burlap.
  5. Place paper feathers under twine to hold them place.

 

DIY-Watermelon-01

Materials:

  • Red tissue paper
  • Green wrapping paper
  • Black marker
  • Green twine
  • Gift tag
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Instructions:

  1. Use black marker to draw watermelon seeds on red tissue paper.
  2. Cover gift in red paper .
  3. Wrap bottom of gift in green paper, leaving half of red paper exposed. Secure green paper clear with tape.
  4. Tie on green twine.
  5. Place personalized gift tag under twine to hold it in place.

 

DIY-Flags-01

Materials:

  • Brown wrapping or postal paper
  • Twine
  • Colored or patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Instructions:

  1. Wrap gift in brown paper.
  2. Cut flag shapes from colored/patterned paper.
  3. Attach flags to twine using tape.
  4. Secure string of flags to the gift box using tape.

 

Bee Wrapping Paper

Materials:

  • White wrapping paper or tissue paper
  • Yellow and orange washi tape
  • Bee stickers (or make your own bee from paper)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Optional: Colored paper
Instructions:

  1. Wrap gift in white paper.
  2. Alternate making yellow and orange stripes across the paper with washi tape.
  3. Place bee sticker on top of box.
  4. Make a dashed line with the black marker to create the path of the bee
  5. Optional: Wrap a second gift in a complimentary pattern and layer it under your bee paper.  

 

Ice cream wrapping paper

Materials:

  • Assorted colored or patterned paper (at least three sheets)
  • Twine
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Instructions:

  1. Wrap gifts in one or two sheets of paper.
  2. Cut a “cone” and “scoop of ice cream” from another sheet of paper.
  3. Punch a hole in the ice cream cone.
  4. Attach ice cream cone to gifts using twine.

 

 Wrap it up

Tell us which wrapping paper you made. Did you put your own twist on it? Or, better yet, did you invent your own summer wrap? We’d love to see it!