Fill Up Your Easter Basket!

 

Easter is just around the corner (it’s Sunday, April 20!) and we can’t wait to celebrate!

If you’re making Easter a family get-together, there’s no better way to celebrate than doing some crafts with everyone. We love this Egg Garland Kit for a few reasons: not only does it get everyone together to make something, it’s a lot less messy than “traditional” Easter egg decorating (but you still get to design your own!) and it also doubles as festive décor when you’re finished.

Now that you’ve got your place decorated for the holiday, it’s time to figure out what the “Easter Bunny” will be bringing. But first you’ll need a basket! We love these non-traditional options that are super cute!

To make sure your little one loves their basket fillings, check out these goodies! From a bunny popper that can be used as a fun weapon, to a little bunny that can walk itself across the table, to lip gloss that looks just as sweet as it tastes, you can’t go wrong with any of our tiny treats.

[Clockwise from top left] Bunny PopperEaster PuttyMini Wind-Up BunnyLight Up ChickDonuts Lip GlossBunny Coin PurseItems not shown to scale.

And if you’re looking to add a fun twist to this year’s celebration, try our Funny Bunny Mask Kit, perfect for impromptu photo ops with all your loved ones!

In addition to being online, these Easter finds are available at most Paper Source locations.

Happy Easter!

A Welcome Sign with Chevron Detail

When we welcome a new employee at Paper Source we like to make them feel welcome, and it’s probably no surprise that more often than not, that involves crafting! Check out this welcome sign for our new associate Jenny M.!

This chevron and floral masterpiece went right over her desk to brighten up her new space and give her a big Paper Source “Hello!”. What’s even better, this sign was made using techniques from our recent spring workshop Fresh Folds (we wrote a blog about it here).

We love the detail and thought that went into this piece, and we’re even happier to show these techniques to you! If you missed the Fresh Folds workshop, make sure to call your local store–it was so popular, some stores are having encores! In the meantime, enjoy some more detail of the sign below.

 

Paper Source How-To: Donut Invitation

If you’ve walked by our store windows lately (or checked out our website), you’ve probably noticed that we’re lusting over donuts. Here’s a cute way to take the sweet trend and DIY your own invites.

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Construct paper donuts according to kit instructions.
  • Download the Donut Invite Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ Mint Cover.
  • Cut out invites using crop marks provided on PDF.
  • Layer donut of choice over invite so that the printed text is visible through the hole of the donut. Adhere donut in place and trim off excess as shown on How-To PDF.
  • Stamp and emboss invite using rubber stamp.
  • Fill in desired info and pair invite with an A7 envelope.

New Workshop: Making 3-D Spring Cards



We have a new workshop to kick off spring!  Fresh Folds – Spring Card Making takes place nationwide on Thursday, March 20th, 6 – 8 pm.

In this class you will learn simple techniques to add dynamic folds, layers and pop-up elements to 4 cards.  This vibrant collection incorporates our fresh new colors and favorite pattern trends—a perfect way to welcome spring! 

For each project you complete in this class, you will receive the how-to instructions to take home with you so you can do it again on your own.  What makes this class even better is all the ways you can use the techniques for other DIY projects!  You can check out our project inspiration on our Fresh Folds Pinterest board!  And sign up for the workshop today!

 

Cascarones: An Easter Celebration

As Easter approaches, we here at Paper Source are getting excited to celebrate with family and friends. Whether it’s making one of our Easter kits, or finding the perfect little gift to welcome spring, we’re gearing up for a fun experience.

This year we’re thrilled to bring confetti eggs to everyone, and we’re excited to share a fun Easter tradition that might be new to some of you!


These eggs, referred to as cascarones, are festively-dyed and have been hollowed out and filled with colorful confetti. They’re extremely popular in Mexico and the Southwestern United States during Easter festivities (and various other events like Cinco de Mayo, Carnaval, etc.). So what do you do with them? … You smash them!

It might sound crazy, but breaking one over a loved one’s head is said to bring good luck. Showering a friend with confetti isn’t just fun…it’s a blessing of good fortune (and a display of affection). Some also combine it with the tradition of hiding eggs—for an extra special Easter egg hunt that ends with a confetti war!

Is this a popular tradition near you? Tell us how you celebrate with Easter eggs below!

Paper Source How-To: Cupid’s Arrow

Ready to get festive this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a how-to on replicating our store windows. Make a cupid’s arrow that’s fun and bright and sure to impress!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download the Templates
  • Use 2 gift wrap tubes to construct each arrow. To stabilize the tubes where they will be joined, add crumpled paper inside a portion of each tube.
  • Tape the 2 tubes together using a strong transparent tape such as packing tape.
  • Cut a piece of text weight paper and wrap it over the point where the 2 tubes meet. As you wrap the tubes, place the seams of the paper on one side of the arrow for appearance. Continue by wrapping desired color of text weight paper around rest of tube.
  • Use various colors of 8 1/2″ x 11″ text weight paper and glitter paper to create stripes on either side of the center band.
  • Create “feather” ends by tracing template onto cover weight paper and layering shapes. Each arrow end requires 4 shapes, 2 on each side.
  • Score shapes using a bone folder and ruler where indicated.
  • Fold shape at score mark and adhere shapes to arrow using super tape on the scored flaps. Create stripes using the same template so the angles of the stripes match the “feather” bases.
  • Tape cone template together and cut out.
  • Trace template on both a piece of colored cover weight paper and gold glitter paper.
  • Fold cover weight shape at score mark and use Super Tape on the flap to wrap and secure cone.
  • Adhere layer of gold glitter paper over constructed cone.
  • Apply Quick Dry adhesive to end of tube and attach cone to decorated arrow.

Holiday Contest Winners!

The moment to announce the winners of our Holiday Crafting Contest is here – thank you to everyone who participated this year!  Our lucky winners will be receiving a Paper Source gift card in the mail soon!

Card Making Category:

1st Place: Ode to Charlie Brown Part 1

 

2nd Place: The Present

 

3rd Place: Christmas Flower

 

Gift Wrapping

1st Place: Chevron Christmas

 

Second Place: Polka Dotty Present

 

Third Place: Gift Tag Tea Bags

 

Food Gifting

1st Place: Water Bottle Decorations

 

2nd Place: Peppermint Bark – Fresh from the Forest

 

3rd Place: Sweets for My Teacher

 

As promised, we are also revealing our Employee Card Contest Winners.  To see more of the submissions, check out this post.

#1 Scottsdale Store: Advent Calendar Card

 

#2 Deer Park Store: Cookie Box Card

 

#3 Minneapolis Store: 12 Days of Christmas

 

Congratulations to all!!

 

Paper Source’s New Year Paper Lantern-Themed Party

 

Things get mighty hectic around Paper Source during the holiday season, so this year, we decided to start a new tradition with a New Year’s Party.  Our Human Resources director came to us with a picture of Moroccan lanterns that inspired her, and a theme centered around light, warmth and renewal.

Check out our instructions for creating the pear-shaped Lantern (top, middle) and geometric lantern (top, right) at the bottom of this post!

With a palette of White, Cream, Silver, Bronze, Mint, Royal and Coral, paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes were created for the event, and accented with coordinating ribbon and orchids.  With battery-operated candles inside, a warm, convivial glow was cast over the whole event.

These accent lanterns in the cupboard are super easy to make (you may have even done so as a kid!)  If not, check out the instructions at the bottom of the post!

For instructions on creating this megastar lantern, check out the bottom of the post!

The designs came from the minds of many contributing employees.  Here are how to make just a few of them!

Accent Lanterns

These little guys are simple to make and sturdy enough to stand on a table by themselves, but are also ripe for hanging as well!

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half along its width.
  2. Cut lines across the fold towards the outer edges.  Leave a margin of an inch or two.
  3. For an extra-fancy touch, you can punch holes along the outer edges.
  4. Unfold and bring the paper’s lengthwise edges together and adhere them with tape, glue or staples!

Pear-Shaped Lantern (featured in the second photo)

This is a really easy one!  Simply cut strips of paper of equal lengths, then connect all of the strips at one end using a brad.  Join the other end of the strips together at the top and finish off with another brad, add a string and hang!

Geometric Lantern (featured in the second photo, on the right)

We followed this Megan Allan Cole‘s terrific tutorial video on Makezine.com.  All you need is an exacto knife, paper, a cutting mat and a lust for triangles!

Megastar Lantern (last photo)

This lantern was certainly the belle of the ball!  Grab a stapler and 15 sheets of equally-sized paper.  It doesn’t matter the size, as long as they are all exactly the same.

  1. Fold each piece of paper once, lengthwise.
  2. Fold each corner of each paper in towards the center fold-line, as if you were making a paper airplane with two noses.
  3. Arrange your first 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up across your work surface, width-wise.
  4. Staple adjoining creases together.  It is very important that the staple lie precisely within the crease!
  5. Arrange your next 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up both across your work surface, length-wise, and flush to your previous row of 5.  Staple adjacent creases.
  6. Follow suit with the last 5 pieces of paper.  As you adjoin creases, you will eventually close the lantern together into its final, starry shape!

 

We’ve just fallen in love with paper lanterns since the party and would like to know… do you have any paper-lantern tricks or patterns of your own you’d like to share?

Looking Back: The Best of Paper Source 2013

As we sit at the beginning of a new year, we’re taking a little time to reflect on all the good times and get-togethers we’ve had with families and friends in 2013, facilitated by a little creativity and a lot of gorgeous paper! (Hint: don’t miss a chance to win at the end of this blog!)

wedding invitation

We first revisit Stephen C.’s gorgeous train-ticket inspired wedding invitations. His invitations demonstrate that minimal, high quality materials like our #10 gold shimmer envelopes and #10 notecards are enough to really make your own design ingenuity shine!

Oscars Party

Next, we created a simple yet glamorous Oscars Party using gold chevron as our theme. Last year, we used wrapping paper for placemats, but now, we have fantastic, customizable placemats in a variety of colors and designs including the very Oscar-worthy Gold Confetti!

space themed onesies

 In the summer, we threw an outer space-themed baby shower for our beloved art director, Karen. Small details and simple supplies made all the difference in this ethereal bash: a sundae bar with celestial-themed toppings, hand-painted onesies themed after the solar system, and a gorgeous, hand-painted keepsake box to hold them in!

Later in the year, we were inspired by Houston customer Kristina’s paper wedding décor! Kristina proved that a small wedding budget makes for a no less gorgeous experience than an expensive one. Her pool-colored pompoms, pinwheels, and large-scale paper flowers created a festive and personal atmosphere; after all, most of the decorations were made by herself and a bridesmaid. She even created her own miniature pinwheel cake-topper!

We’re looking forward to 365 more days of making everyday celebrations extraordinary! That’s what we love so much about partying with paper: it’s beautiful, economical, and best of all– with the advice of any Paper Source store associate or this blog– incredibly easy to realize your creative vision for your next event.

So, to send this year off right, we’d like to turn it over to you: what is one of the best party hosting/decorating tips you’ve ever learned from Paper Source? Tell us in the comments, and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card!

Comment by January 9, 2014. Winner will be selected at random on January 10th and notified via email.

 

UPDATE**  We have a winner!  Thank you Amy B. for this little gem: “I especially loved the how-to tassel garland you shared with us back in July. So festive and fun, this garland will truly make any occasion extra special. Your tutorials and great ideas will definitely help as I prepare to host my sister-in-laws upcoming baby shower! I love you Paper Source!”

A great, big thank you to all of you for your readership, participation and creativity!