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.
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.
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!
Tall or short, clear or colorful, empty or full, on paper or in person (or even on a tea towel) – we are crazy for canning jars! These classic jars charm us with their endless possibilities. They are, of course, perfect for canning fruits, vegetables and your favorite jelly or salsa – but if you don’t own a jar wrench yet, there are still plenty of way to express your love for canning!
They make for great storage with our chalkboard stickers or tags.
W & P Design Company re-purposed Ball Jars for a fresh take on the cocktail shaker. Shake up a refreshing cocktail with the Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker. You can find fun, seasonal cocktail and mocktail recipes on the W & P website or on Instagram for lots of delicious ideas!
And if that doesn’t give you enough to work, go to Pinterest for a plethora of easy DIY mixes perfectly presented in mason jars. Here are a few of our favorites.
For more, check out our Crazy for Canning Pinterest page!
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!)
You’ll cheer for this festive how-to. Use these tissue pom poms for your 4th of July celebration or change colors for your own special event.
This season’s favorite project in a miniature card format. This paper rosette project is perfect for heartfelt sentiments, like Mother’s Day! Customize rosettes with your own choice of colors and patterns from our collection of handpicked fine papers to make this classic and chic card truly yours!
Cut a piece of text weight paper to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and adhere to front of card. Choose desired rosette sizes and cut text weight paper and fine paper into strips
- Embellish centers with adhesive pearls and/or crystals.
- Stamp and emboss banner onto paper and cut out.
- Write desired message onto banner and adhere in place.
We are bringing in the Easter holiday with our latest how-to — a handmade Easter greeting card! This project is suitable for little hands to help, and works with varying card colors too. Between this creative fun and our seasonal gifts, we’re hoping your bunny ears are perked and you’re ready to celebrate Spring!
Follow the assembly diagram outlined on the Easter Greeting How-To PDF, then use the left over punched out sheets and shapes from the kit to create simple Easter greetings.