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!
If you picked up our catalog, you probably noticed that we’re kind of crazy about kits. These expertly coordinated paper projects are great because they are a fun DIY project for any skill level and can be styled to suite many tastes.
Whether you’re looking for color, class, or crafting fun, these autumn kits are pretty amazing.
One of our favorites this season is our Feather Kit. These are bold and bright and add a festive touch to any room or party, which is great for kids (they love to make them too!).
Or bring bright, bold color to more a sophisticated adult settings, by creating an incredible place setting for your next dinner party, shower or at your Thanksgiving table.
If you appreciate a more subdued color palette, try our new Burlap Wreath! Made from burlap, metallic shimmer papers, and glitter paper with alternating shades of cream and gold, this wreath is a showstopper without overshadowing your existing design! A great accent that’s appropriate throughout season.
Looking for something that has a classic fall feel? This Fall Leaf Wreath is a favorite. Great to re-use season after season, because these leaves won’t wilt and the colors will stay vibrant long after nature’s leaves die down. This can also be used as a captivating centerpiece (picture it flat on your table with a vase of flowers, or gourds in the middle!).
Fall is a great time for feasting with family. Once you have your table set, give it a fall feel with any of these fun critter accents. Not only are they the perfect afternoon craft for kids, but the finished piece can be used separately or can be combined with other sets to make a forest of friends right on your table top.
Claudia, a member of the Paper Source Design Team, creates many of our terrific kits. Today, she offers up a project that is perfect for back-to-school. Learn to make an extra-special Chalkboard Pencil Box using one of our paper maché boxes.
Start with the following materials:
- Paint top, sides and inside (optional) of pencil box using chalkboard paint and poly brush. Paint 2-3 coats, allowing box to fully dry in between coats.
- Decorate with washi tape as desired.
- Use a ruler and pencil to mark the center of the box approximately 1/2″ in from the bottom edge of the lid and on the front side of the box, approximately 1/2″ from the bottom.
- Punch holes and thread a length of ribbon through each hole, securing ribbons in place with knots on the inside.
- Prior to use, rub the entire surface you will be writing on with chalk.
- Wipe off and use chalk to write desired name, message or a design of your own!
- Now your custom box is ready to fill with back-to-school goodies!
With a craft this easy, you can make one for all of your kids. (And maybe the teacher, too. Who knows? There may be bonus points awarded!)
Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean that summer is over. The new Ice Pop Garland Kit is the perfect reminder of refreshing, sun-filled days ahead. The promise of something sweet and cold in bright cheery colors is enough to inspire a party.
Since these colorful paper treats are a hit among kids and adults, we scoured Pinterest for equally delightful recipes that would complement a summer party or after-school gathering.
Take a bite out of these delicious treats:
Kids love making their own treats. And, the best part for you?… It’s still nice out, so they can enjoy them outside, where sticky hands can be hosed off afterwards!
When I committed to running the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon earlier this Spring, I immediately started dreaming of the finish and — to keep my eye on the prize– I suggested we host a party to celebrate the finish and a sunny afternoon with our family and friends. My husband, while not at all eager to run 13.1 miles, had his own secret ambitions of smoking meat. Cookout time!
My colleagues have taught me that a good invite is always appreciated, so the talented Ann (hostess of numerous Paper Source events) whipped up something fun for this summer party. Somehow, she tied together my love of chevron, the cookout factor and the summer sunshine to create this party invitation. (The 4Bar size was just as fun as the sunshine and chevron design!)
My parents, who are no strangers to my ridiculous athletic endeavors, immediately responded to our invitation as if this event were any of the volleyball tournaments, soccer matches or basketball games they were forced to attended over the last 30+ years. My in-laws also enthusiastically agreed to cheer on myself and their daughter (who I roped into running), but to also oversee my husband’s culinary adventure. They even offered up their skills and cooked us a wonderful pre-race meal.
With out-of-town guests this special, I decided to create little welcome bags full of treats, beverages and reading material to have at their hotels. A stranger to “theme” I even went so far as to coordinate these with the rest of the party, using chevron gift bags, baker’s twine and gift tags (made from Sunshine paper)!
Race day comes early, so I went over my table “plan” with my mom the night before.
My excuse for employing her help? I didn’t know how much time there would be for me to set up.
The truth? She’s just so much better at this stuff. (Gasp! But you work at Paper Source?! I know, I know, but my love for our products is really because of her!)
My mom can create accents from anything, rifle through her pantry to make a meal and tie a few bows to make something look like it wasn’t a mistake. She’s was the lady for job, not me.
She and my mother-in-law took my random collection of goods and set a table that complimented the theme. They tied in a few rustic elements like a wood crate and canning jars.
They wrapped loose leaf tea containers in chevron gift wrap, which were used for forks, knives and spoons. The wrap also came in handy as a way to mark the stations of the table.
I was really excited to put out the custom napkins we ordered. While I was off running through Chicago, my husband stood watch over a Boston Butt… it took all evening, morning and afternoon to prepare this pork treat. I wanted something fun to celebrate his achievement (and his sense of humor) so we created these chevron napkins for the party.
With a little inspiration from my Paper Source family and some perspiration from my own family, I was successful in morphing from Runner-in-Training that morning to Hostess-in-Training that afternoon. Learning that Run + Sun + Fun = SLEEP!
What weighs about 13 pounds, can run 30 mph and has completely taken over Paper Source? Why, foxes, of course!
These clever creatures have made their way onto gift wrap, file folders, kitchen aprons and so much more! Their persimmon fur positively pops against the night and white backgrounds, and the fox design is absolutely charming alongside hedgehogs and mushrooms in our Woodland Animal Journals set.
There are so many cute, fox-filled Paper Source products to choose from — what creature will our designers get into next?
Don’t get tied into knots! Get in ship shape for your summer party or weekend cookout with our nautical finds. Not sure what floats your boat? Let us navigate you through the waters.
Set the scene for your best party yet with a little help from our Nautical Garland Kit. This Paper Source exclusive garland looks great on walls, hanging from ceilings, or draped across tables!
Go coastal by decorating your home with rustic accents printed with heart-warming summer mantras like All You Need Is Love And The Beach or This Is My Happy Place. Or, get a helping hand in the kitchen with the octopus hook (great for wet towels!).
Looking for a simple ode to the clear, blue waters of the season? Available for only one year (to celebrate the 100th anniversary), Ball is producing their iconic pint jars in a beautiful blue hue. Fill with your signature parfait, adorn your beverages with paper straws, personalized goodies with labels, or decorate with washi tape, these special edition jars are perfect for a nautical summer.
Our nautical crafts are another great way to celebrate the sun. Create a pirate perfect invitation or a sweet treat with seaside flair.
Attending a summer birthday? This maritime knot accent is a great way to celebrate their day. Find instructions to make a maritime knot accent on our blog.
And that’s just the beginning. Steer your ship to our website or your local store to check out our entire fleet of nautical gifts and accents.
Earlier this month, TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager and her soon-to-arrive firstborn were honored by the NBC family. Her NBC co-hosts and friends threw a book themed baby shower at the Peter Callahan Catering Studio in New York. With a theme centered around books and words of wisdom, the event included a few key accents from Paper Source.
Gifts and wishes were offered to mom and baby in the form of books! Inside covers were signed by friends in good humor and wisdom, a trend that is likely to start a bookworm baby boom. Journals and books are a fun and unique way to share moments with friends, loved ones and newborns!
Favors were presented in burlap bags, which complimented the diaper cake perfectly. Guests were given a few seasonal treats like earrings and nail polish. The items were stuffed with Paper Source Wasp printed tissue paper and tied off with decorative ribbon from our collection.
We were excited to see how our products inspired this special event and even more tickled to learn that Jenna, Henry and their families welcomed Margaret Laura ‘Mila’ Hager to the world this weekend. We look forward to the creative celebrations that follow!
Throwing a shower of your own? See other baby shower ideas from Paper Source.
Easter is March 31! Celebrate with this egg-stra special garland! Decorate and display the Egg Garland Kit on a wall, mantel or doorway.
This colorful garland is 10 feet long and features 12 eggs, each 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. The kit includes pre-cut shapes, papers, ribbon, stickers and templates for creating our sample… but it’s also fun to customize with your own style using paper cuts, stickers and other embellishments.
You can even grab individual die-cut eggs for additional accents or coordinating craft ideas.
This Easter craft is a colorful addition to any home and the perfect kit for beginners or the time-strapped crafter.
See this and other Easter Kits online.
If you enjoy handmade creations — crafts that give you a chance to add your own personal style — we have Easter card making ideas online, like the egg, chick and carrot cards featured above.
The Easter egg cups (also shown above) are easy to modify with your favorite PS colors and embellishments. Find this and other craft inspiration on the PS Blog.
Springtime always makes us crazy for daisies! The Daisy Wreath Kit is the perfect accent to mark today’s changing season. Crisp white daisies paired with clover green leaves feel spring fresh.
Make this wreath on a rainy afternoon and enjoy the cheer it brings! Adorn your front door, hang above a mantel or display in a window.
Daisy inspiration extends to our custom products too! Shop a variety of invitations, stationery and gifts featuring this happy sign of spring. We even have a few fine paper varieties that show off this lovely bloom.
See these and more daisy-inspired products online.
Today also brings Spring showers… and not just rain showers that offer ample time to craft and create. Many of our customers are also looking for baby, bridal and wedding shower gifts. Shop by recipient, category or price easily from our new Gifts page. Or, ask an associate at your local store for assistance. We’re always happy to help you create something unique.