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!
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!
- Arrow How To
- Arrow Feather End Template
- Cone Template
- Cardboard Gift Wrap Tubes
- Kraft paper or newspaper
- Some or all of the following colors in text and cover weight paper: Red, Persimmon, Fuchsia, Coral, Blossom, Papaya, Gold Glitter
- Quick Dry Glue
- Super Tape
- Strong Transparent Tape (such as packing tape)
- Bone Folder
- 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.
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
1st Place: Chevron Christmas
Second Place: Polka Dotty Present
Third Place: Gift Tag Tea Bags
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!!
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.
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.
The designs came from the minds of many contributing employees. Here are how to make just a few of them!
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!
- Fold a piece of paper in half along its width.
- Cut lines across the fold towards the outer edges. Leave a margin of an inch or two.
- For an extra-fancy touch, you can punch holes along the outer edges.
- 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)
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.
- Fold each piece of paper once, lengthwise.
- Fold each corner of each paper in towards the center fold-line, as if you were making a paper airplane with two noses.
- Arrange your first 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up across your work surface, width-wise.
- Staple adjoining creases together. It is very important that the staple lie precisely within the crease!
- 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.
- 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?
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!)
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!
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!
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!
Every year, we put our store teams’ creative skills to the test with an Employee Holiday Card Contest. Over the past couple of weeks, brightly-decorated envelopes have been showing up in our mailbox and now all the submissions are in! Votes (from employees in our HQ) have been tallied and winners have been selected – but we can’t tell you who they are quite yet!
Look for our post in January to learn who came out on top! And in the meantime, take a look at some of our favorite submissions (and feel free to predict which cards landed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place).
We hope you are feeling inspired, because it’s not too late to enter our customer Holiday Crafting Contest!
One thing we love about this season is that it sparks wonderful handmade moments. We see so many customers in our stores who have inspiring ideas for card making, food gifting and wrapping. So, along with celebrating the holidays, we are celebrating your creativity!
We are seeking submissions from avid crafters and beginners alike for our Holiday Crafting Contest. If your creative side has been dormant, now is the time to awaken it! Whether you get the prize or not, your project will be displayed on our website. Winners will be featured in a blog post and receive a Paper Source gift card.
There are three categories: Food Gifting, Wrapping and Card Making. Each category will be awarded a first, second and third place prize.
Entering is easy!
- Take a photo of your project
- Follow this link
- Upload your photo
We can’t wait to see what you’ve created! For more details on the contest, click here.
Check out last year’s winners here.
Hear that sound? It’s the sound of recipe books cracking open, their contents ripe for gleaning holiday cookies, cakes and pies for enjoying at home or better yet- sharing with others!
We’ll leave the expert baking (or tasteful selecting) up to you, but where it concerns presentation, we’ve got you all wrapped up.
For small treats, like candy or chocolates, our favor bags are crisp and classy! Cello bags come in both clear and holiday stripe varieties. We also have a nearly endless array of paper favor bags that can stamped, embossed and washi-taped to your decorative desire. Burlap bags are a perennial favorite and all can be ‘darlingly’ addressed to your lucky recipient using baker’s twine and hangtags!
For larger items, gift bags always fit the bill. Show your friends they truly take the cake (or bread!) with our individual loaf pans. And for those who would rather drink than dine, a bottle of wine or a special liquor is never out of place under the tree, especially when enrobed in one of our endlessly customizable wine bags.
Of course, as much as we love our bag offerings, not all edibles were made to travel in anything other than a box. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of answers for you there as well! Square Favor Boxes and Pillow Favor Boxes dress up easily with satin ribbon. Kraft boxes make homemade treats handsome, and with the swift addition of a bit of holiday wrap and ribbon, twine or string, you’ll make your gift the envy of all poor cookies smothered under red plastic wrap on a paper plate.
Let baking be the hard part, because with Paper Source, wrapping it up is easy as pie!
Continuing our Holiday Gift Guide, here are some ideas for stocking stuffers! The best gifts don’t always come in big packages. Give these ‘small somethings’ in stockings or on their own…they’re sure to make a big impression!
Fun & Silly
- Sock Monkey: A new twist on the classic toy! Stretch, shape, pull and tie! $3.95
- World’s Smallest Laser Guns: Set of 2 mini laser guns light-up and have fun sound effects activated by pressing the trigger. $4.95
- Melting Snowman Putty: Mold this snowman and watch it melt before your eyes. Then do it all over again! $11.95
- The Number Two Pencil: Kids (and many adults) will definitely find the humor. $4.95
- Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong Set: Great for kids of all ages. Includes everything you need to get the game going anywhere. $15.95
- Dog Butt Magnets: These unique dogs may not “sit” or fetch the paper, but they certainly will “stay.” $11.95
- Fingernail Friends Zoo Nail Art: Great for young girls! Also comes in butterflies. (Not pictured.) $6.95
Fun & Useful
- Survival Credit Card: Be ready for anything with this handy tool that conveniently fits in any wallet. Includes can opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, 4-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, saw blade, 2-position wrench, key chain hole and bottle opener. Stainless steel. $4.95
- Gold Stripe Minimergency Kit: Everything a girl might need for an everyday challenge. Includes everything from hairspray to stain remover to nail polish. $16.95
- Power Bank Charger: For those unexpected power failures. Contains a mini USB cord and charge adapters for the iPhone 4/4S and 5, and Samsung devices. Store in the colored zipper pouch. $21.95
- Kate Spade Erasers: Fun erasers with bright pops of color! $14.95
- 8-in-1 Screwdriver: A handy multi-tool with storage for 8 screw bits. $5.95
Festive & Yummy
- Peppermint Bark Coffee: For a festive start to the day. $9.95
- Bacon Jelly Beans: Bacon taste without the artery clogging! $6.95
- Coal Bubble Gum: For the naughty ones on your list. $6.50
- Pooping Reindeer: This little guy dispenses cola flavored jelly beans when you push on his tail. $6.95
- Joy Love Cheer Holiday Tea Travel Tin: Take this Holiday Spice Blend with you wherever you go. $5.95