There are a lot of ways to celebrate the holidays this season, but one of our favorite ways is to create a custom experience for you and your loved ones!
In addition to our gift wrap (we have everything from cute critters to bold solids, to Christmas classics), you can spice up your packaging with these customizable tags–sure to make your gift special before it’s even opened!
Having a holiday soiree? Whether you’re serving eggnog with all the traditional fixings, or planning a more contemporary fete, these napkins and coasters can be customized to fit your party’s personality. (We also like the idea of letting guests take home the coasters to re-use and remember the fun!)
What’s a party without some goodies to take home? Send your party go-ers home with treats nestled in these cutomizable bags! It’s the details that make the difference, and we love that these are pretty enough to display throughout your event!
We offer holiday accents that will help you celebrate the season with festive finishes and personal touches. See these and other personalized gifts and our assortment holiday decor online or at your local store.
Can you hear it?? It’s the sound of the holidays slowly but surely making their way towards the present. And, this year, our designers have come up with so many lovely ways to personalize your holiday that you’ll never get caught in that dreaded “I like the picture but the sentiment, not so much” trap again!
From baby pictures to family portraits to that hilarious photo you snapped of Fluffy mid-freakout, you can make sure your friends receive both a beautiful and personal card this upcoming season.
Extra treat for you: For a limited time your Holiday Photo Cards and Custom Holiday Invitations are 30% (envelopes included!)
But we haven’t stopped at cards — envelopes are a card’s first impression! Personalized Holiday Labels are both easy and polished-looking and come in an array of coordinating patterns (we love the terrarium and glitter chevron!)
The perfect thing for the letter enthusiast would be our Return Address Embossers. Both elegant and understated, they add an impressive, three-dimensional aspect to your correspondence that will make your friends run their fingers along the raised letters and just say, “wow”.
But whether embossed, stamped or labeled; personalized or not, what’s most important is that it came from you.
Check out all of our holiday greeting ideas online: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/holiday-cards/index.html
Here’s a cute and easy way to remind you and yours of the “reason for the season” this Thanksgiving! It looks great on it’s own, or across individual dinner plates or displayed across one of our burlap wreaths.
Last month we kicked off our Holiday Crafting Contest (which goes through December 31), and we can’t wait to see what you do!
This year we’re giving out first, second and third place prizes in THREE categories! Wow us with your creative use of Paper Source products in Food Gifting, Gift Wrapping or Card Making (you can enter each category once!). First place in each category gets a $100 Paper Source gift card, and second and third place each get a $50 Paper Source gift card.
Go ahead, dazzle us! Find official rules or enter the Holiday Crafting Contest today!
This time of year, especially, we are completely smitten with the colorful Day of the Dead imagery, particularly sugar skulls! Day of the Dead is celebrated in many cultures throughout the world, but it is best known as a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is a time to pray for, remember and honor the deceased.
Typically, private altars to the deceased are constructed at home and decorated with photos, candles, sugar skulls (a type of candy), marigolds, small trinkets and favorite foods and drinks of the deceased. It is believed that the spirits of the deceased eat the “essence” of the food, and that a living person who eats the food after the spirit has gotten to it will be safe, but will have gotten no nutritive value from it.
Some families will take favorite possessions of the deceased to the grave site and have a picnic, others dance and wear shells so that the noise they make will coax the spirits to revel with them. In cities, children dress up in costume and beg neighbors and passers-by for calaventa, a small gift of candy or money, much like children in the U.S. trick-or-treat on Halloween (we’ve got an excellent costume idea!).
Skulls are the most popular symbol of the holiday and everything from bread to masks to chocolate and sugar candy (thus, “sugar skulls”) are made to look like one, with the name of the recipient (dead or alive) written across the forehead.
Another note: Day of the Dead imagery is not just for the holiday itself; it’s considered very good luck to have a Day of the Dead tattoo or doll on your person at all times. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to celebrate Day of the Dead throughout the holidays… or all year long with our Sugar Skulls Calendar!
Add a little something special to your front door with a festive fall wreath! We love our new Burlap Wreath Kit for a touch of rustic chic. The crisp, geometric leaf shape in a combination of burlap, glitter paper and metallic paper creates amazing volume and texture — perfect for your front door or favorite accent wall.
Celebrate the beauty of autumn foliage with this gorgeous (and easy to make) Fall Leaf Wreath Kit. We use warm reds, oranges and golds to mimic Mother Nature’s blazing fall colors, but our paper leaves can be used year after year!
The Mums Wreath Kit brings a softer, elegant touch with voluminous rhubarb, papaya and copper flowers and delicate leaves. This is a great year-round wreath, but is beautifully suited to celebrate the changing seasons as well.
As usual, we’ve found inspiration for all kinds of variations and DIY projects around the web. These are four of our favorites. You can see more on our Pinterest page.
You can check all of these out on our Pinterest page!
Nothing is as sweet as our Sugar Skulls! Patterned after traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations, our Sugar Skulls can be found on Paper Source glassware, as masks, in our kits, and more! Today, we bring to you an easy, colorful Sugar Skull Tissue Pom Pom Garland project that will set your Halloween decor apart from all the rest!
- Sugar Skull How-To PDF
- Sugar Skull Mask Kit (optional)
- Tissue Paper in various colors (we used Chartreuse, Fuschia and Poppy)
- Black and White Baker’s Twine
- Fold a sheet of tissue into fourths length-wise and then into fourths width-wise.
- Cut squares of tissue measuring approximately 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
- Create stacks of 10-12 squares of tissue.
- Gently fold the square in half making a small crease to locate the center of the square.
- Unfold and staple stack at center point using crease as a guide.
- Turn stack over and staple again, perpendicular to the first staple.
- Using scissors, cut off each of the four corners of stapled stack. Repeat steps to create desired number of pom poms.
- Thread needle with desired length of Baker’s Twine.
- Pierce needle through all layers of one tissue stack near the staple in the center of the bundle.
- To keep tissue pom pom from sliding on thread, bring the needle back through the center, over staple, securing pom pom in place.
- Continue threading tissue squares onto twine in the same manner.
- Gently crumple each stack of tissue to create texture and then separate each layer of tissue carefully, working from the outside towards the center.
- Fluff pom poms to schieve desired fullness.
We added Sugar Skull Masks to the garland for Day of the Dead, but this easy garland can add color to any day!
October means one thing here at Paper Source— Countdown to Halloween! This haunting holiday presents great crafting opportunities that are scary, spooky and kooky… which is the perfect recipe for fun in our book! Here are a few of our favorite Halloween ideas to get you ready to celebrate the tricks and treats of the season.
Get Your Stoop Spooktacular: Ways to Prep for Trick or Treaters
Whether or not you have kids in your home, trick or treating can seem daunting. If you’re planning a night out with your kids or prepping your home for visitors at your doorstep, here’s how to make October 31st a fun and easy event!
Before your trick or treaters arrive, make sure your door is prepped and ready for the little guests. Adding pumpkins to a stoop is sure to make your house more inviting. Here’s a fun alternative to carving (that takes less skill and time!): Sticky Pumpkin Face Kit.
Either on a natural pumpkin, or fun painted ones.
Not feeling like you want to dress up? Don a mask from our Halloween Masks Kit for an easy way to entertain the kids. You can switch them out through the night to keep things interesting.
Time to give out treats! We love the idea of using treat bags (pictured below) to hold fun-sized candy bars or an assortment of goodies. Not only is this packaging festive, but it gives kids an extra little surprise when they open them at home. BONUS: You’ll curb the urge kids have to sift through your basket to find the best stuff!
Try our bags with stamps, stickers, or washi tape (or your own combination of the three).
Ready to throw a Halloween hangout? Here are some ideas to get your space looking ready to fright and delight.
Set the tone with garlands, which can be placed across a mantle or on a wall. These adornments are sure to spook-up your space.
If you need more decorations, try these Sticky Bats, which are re-positionable and come in a ‘colony’ (pack of 16).
Need to serve up some drinks? We’re drinking up this creepy Kool-Aid. Ad when you’re serving it up, instead of plain Solo cups, try using Chalk stickers so guests can get creative and doodle or write their character name for the night.
And finally, you might need some tasty treats to send guests home with (or serve up right at the party). How yummy do these popcorn balls look? Dress them up with your favorite Halloween-colored toppings.
Serve them up with style in these homemade Take Out Boxes (step by step instructions can be found in the link!)—stamp and decorate as you wish.
A great way to create and celebrate!
Just like at the North Pole, Paper Source gears up for the holiday season year-round.
…OK, maybe not ALL year, but it’s true that our buyers start scouring for the best goodies a year in advance, and final touches and planning for our holiday season take place well before the season starts. So, while you’re thinking of bar-b-ques we are thinking of holiday wrap and bags.
It should come as no surprise that we are already looking for fun, friendly, high energy associates that love the hustle and bustle of the holidays to help bring the season to life and have a passion for creativity and providing an outstanding customer experience.
This holiday season we’re committed to educating and inspiring people to indulge in doing something creative — anything from crafting holiday cards to helping find that perfect gift, to showing customers how to wrap gifts unique enough for the special recipient.
If this sounds like you (or someone you know!), we would love for you to consider a seasonal position with Paper Source. Feel free to stop in a Paper Source store location and pick up an application or apply online at: www.paper-source.com/careers
Here’s to your holiday spirit!