Saturday, July 10, 2010

Watermelon Wrapping Paper

We have some special packages to mail out to friends, and I thought it would be fun to dress them up a bit. Emily had so much fun making this watermelon wrapping paper!! With just a bit of grown-up help, toddlers can have a go at this one too!


We used a potato to make the prints on long sheets of freezer paper using pink washable paint. I think it's kind of weird that we used a potato to make a watermelon print, but whatever! It worked well!




Emily LOVES to stamp, so she thought this was so much fun! Cover the paper with pink watermelon wedges.


Next, add some green paint for the rind. The younger ones might need a bit of help with this step.


Here she is adding all the rinds to the watermelons...


To add the seeds, use the opposite end of a paintbrush dipped in some black paint. At this point, since Emily was obviously having so much fun, I couldn't resist making some wrapping paper of my own!


Wrap up your gift with your special handmade wrapping paper!!


Have fun!!

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38 comments:

LJ said...

Oh my goodness. i LOVE this idea. WONDERFUL!!! thanks so much, once again.

Christy said...

That is great summer time wrapping paper!

Ricki said...

So cute, might have to use this idea for making a letter head (letter to grandma!). We usually do fabric bags for gifts but those little melons are too cute! :)

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

Wow, I don't think I have seen a pic yet of your kids NOT enjoying an activity! I think the potato was a great idea.

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

Super cute wrapping paper! and great timing as we have a birthday party to attend next week :)

Elise said...

Perfect for the summer time - so cute and vibrant. I like that this idea is so simple and the finished product looks fantastic. The good ole potato is so handy for stamping!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

This is the sweetest wrapping paper. I'll be wrapping Gradma's gift today for a party we're having for her and now I've found a way to keep the kids busy too :) Thanks for the inspiration!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

I love this! cutest wrapping paper ever!! my son wrapped a present yesterday in plain white paper and then covered the whole thing in multicolored exclamation points. It looked awesome--- I'll have to show him this post!

Phyllis said...

Oh, my! That paper is cute!

Crystal said...

Awesome idea! We'll be doing this one for sure. I made your strawberry paper for my daughters birthday present and had lots of fun :o) These are so FRUGAL!!!!!

Crystal said...

Awesome idea! We'll be doing this one for sure. I made your strawberry paper for my daughters birthday present and had lots of fun :o) These are so FRUGAL!!!!!

Deanne said...

fantastic, fun and so easy- just the sort of craft I like!

Cheryl said...

Oh I love it. It wouldn't matter what was inside. That paper is great. I try and print up reused paper or make a fabric bag for gifts. I guess I could use fabric paint instead and print up the fabric.

Angela said...

Ummm...I'm just in love! Whenever I need craft/fun/something-to-do ideas I come to your blog! My daughter will love this!

Sophie said...

What a gorgeous simple idea Valerie!

Widge said...

looks great! awesome idea

Zina said...

Very sweet. We like to make our own wrapping paper at Christmas time. We would love another project suggestion like this in early December!!!

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I love this paper. I have that same Stonyfield farm t-shirt. It's so comfy.

Catherine Anne said...

Love this idea~

Catherine Anne said...

Love this idea~

Tammy said...

My nephew's 1st birthday is this weekend and I totally plan to use this idea to wrap some of his presents.

Ashley said...

This is so cute! And it's great for the summer!

Raquel said...

Awesome idea!! I love it!!
I have some presents to be envoved next days, so we will try it.
Than youi so much for your inspirating blog.
Raquel

Raising a Happy Child said...

This paper looks gorgeous, and congratulations to Emily on her first tooth. Asking for tuna made me laugh.

Just Breathe said...

So darn cute, I love it!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Ricki -- I love the letterhead idea! You could certainly use this same technique on fabric, just use fabric paint instead. Have fun!!

@ V. Kerr -- LOL I think the girls have so much fun with projects like these because I love doing them so much. Half the time, I join in the action too because I can't help myself!! :-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Sarah @ Mum In Bloom-- How fantastic! Have fun!!

@ Childhood Magic -- That sounds so neat!!

Tammy said...

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Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Crystal -- I"m so happy you did the strawberry paper! Yay!!! :-)

@ Cheryl -- Yes, fabric paint would work very well! Have fun!!

@ Angela -- That makes me VERY happy! :-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Zina -- There is much handmade wrapping paper in this household around Christmas time! Here's a link to our festive wrapping paper and our gift bags!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Drama Queens Mum -- I came home with that shirt after the barnstorming tour, and Emily was thrilled! I wish they had one in Clara's size too!

@ Tammy -- Great!! Have fun! :-)

twirling betty said...

I absolutely love this. Simple and effective and fun! The perfect combo for crafting with kids. Thanks for sharing.

creativejewishmom/Sara said...

This is so sweet! I just did a cute packaging post on potatos prints too! I'm linking to this on my Craft Schooling Sunday party, and would love it if you would stop by too!
all the best.

gnee said...

The potato farmers in my state thank you! This is adorable and it reminded me of how much my kids used to love making potato prints. We always used them to make cards, but this is even more fun. Thanks!

Megan said...

This is a great idea! I'm hosting a summer get-together soon and this'll be a perfect craft for kids of varying ages. Thanks for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

I just met you a minute ago, and this is cute too. This would make adorable paper tablecloths too. Fun project for the kids.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Jacqueline -- I LOVE the tablecloth idea!! That would be so much fun to make! :-)

Erin said...

SUPER cute! What a great idea!

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