20 Creative Things to Make Out of Paper
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20 Creative Things to Make Out of Paper

We like our summers packed with a few things: Warm weather, plenty of ice cream and some really great parties. Every BBQ, garden party and poolside fête requires at least a few pieces of party decor, so why not make your own? From paper ice cream printables to 3D paper stars, here are 20 paper craft creations for your next summer soirée.

1. Paper Snow Cone Garland: You know it’s summertime when snow cones start popping up everywhere. Celebrate the change in season with a colorful paper snow cone garland. (And yes, these look good enough to eat!) (via Brit + Co)

2. Summer Snack Trays: These DIY snack trays are a perfect addition to any summer barbecue. You’ll be the hostess with the mostess all season long. (via Studio DIY)

3. Lemonade Gumball Party Favors: There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade… gumballs?! Yup, you heard us right. (via Design Eat Repeat)

4. Gold Paper Air Plants: These gold paper plants make a stunning table runner for a dinner party. Plus, we love a little glitz and glam. (via Oh So Beautiful Paper)

5. Paper Ice Cream: Get in the summer spirit with these colorful paper printables. Bonus: This ice cream won’t melt all over you! (via Mr Printables)

6. Paper Plants: For those of you that don’t have a green thumb, here are some plants that won’t wilt on you. Watering not required. (via The House That Lars Built)

7. Geometric Rainbow Garland: String a few of these garlands up to brighten up your space. We like to hang them…pretty much everywhere! (via Brit + Co)

8. Shark Fin Paper Hat: Want to feel like every week is Shark Week? Make a few of these paper fin hats for your next poolside party. (via ModCloth)

9. Folded Paper Backdrop: We’re not gonna lie, these colorful 3D backdrops take a lot of work… but they are oh so worth it! (via Oh So Beautiful Paper)

10. Smile Favor Pouches: Create a couple of these smiley face favor bags and you’ll be grinning too. They’re great for holding small candy treats. (via Studio DIY)

11. Paper Party Chandeliers: Brighten up any event with these colorful paper cutouts. After all, you can never have too many chandeliers. (via A Subtle Revelry)

12. Hanging Paper Lanterns: These little beauties are perfect to hang outside. Stick a votive in the center to see the beautiful design glow. (via The House That Lars Built)

13. Accordion Paper Flowers: Give a dull room a colorful makeover with these accordion paper flowers. (via Lisa Storms)

14. 3D Paper Stars: Wanna throw a star-studded event? These 3D paper stars are a whimsical addition to any party. (via A Subtle Revelry)

15. Donut Sunglasses: This paper printable combines two of our favorite things — sunglasses and donuts — to add a bit of sprinkled flair to your year-round sunnies. (via Brit + Co)

16. Paper Orchid: These beautiful paper orchids are easy to make and leave a lasting impression. Oh, and no upkeep needed! (via The Elli Blog)

17. Geometric Party Favors: These geo-faceted boxes make great wedding or party favors. Your guests will be excited when they find a surprise inside. (via Ruffled)

18. Blow Box Party Lights: Taste the rainbow! These blow box party lights are a great way to showcase your love of color. (via A Subtle Revelry)

19. Paper Flower Cone Bouquet: These little paper flower cone bouquets make fun place cards or party favors. It’s all the excitement of an ice cream cone… with none of the calories ;) (via Oh Happy Day)

20. Printable Watermelon Placemats: These fruit-inspired paper placemats will add a few slices of fruity fun to your summer tablescape.  (via Brit + Co)

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