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Paper Source How-To: Chalkboard Pencil Box

DIY Pencil Case

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:

  • Dexter Pencil Box
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Teal and White Twill Ribbon
  • Neon Washi Tape Set
  • White Chalk
  • 1″ Poly Brushes
  • Heavy Duty 1/8″ Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Instructions:

    1. 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.
    2. Decorate with washi tape as desired.
    3. 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.
    4. Punch holes and thread a length of ribbon through each hole, securing ribbons in place with knots on the inside.
    5. Prior to use, rub the entire surface you will be writing on with chalk.
    6. Wipe off and use chalk to write desired name, message or a design of your own!
    7. 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!)

     

    Welcome Spring with Fresh Inspiration

    Spring has sprung. Hop on over to our website, or find a store near you, to take a gander at our selection of gifts and crafts that were hand-picked for the season.

    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.

    Easter crafts

    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.

    How-to: 4th of July Star & Ribbon Wands

    Looking to add a little pizazz to your upcoming patriotic party? Try your hand at these star-spangled wands that are sure to be a hit amongst your little ones!

    Materials Needed:

    Instructions:

    • Create your star wand by cutting and layering different colored star shapes and/or embellishing star shapes with adhesive gems and glitter tape as desired.
    • Cut ribbons in a variety of colors and lengths.
    • Tie the individual ribbon lengths to the top of the straw.
    • Secure embellished star shape to straw with glue dots.

    Fun to bring along to a parade, or to add some festive flair to your 4th of July celebration!

    -Claudia
    Favorite PS colors: curry & fuchsia
    Latest fave: Silhoutte CAMEO Electronic Cutting Tool

    Upcoming event: Kids Holiday Crafting

    Kids Crafts

    No one is more excited about the holiday season than your kids, and we have the perfect outlet for their joy and laughter. This weekend our stores are hosting a Kids Holiday Crafting Play Day where your kids and their friends can celebrate the season with festive paper crafts. Using a few of our new holiday kits and our assortment of embellishments, young crafters will create jolly keepsakes to adorn your home or your holiday packages.

    Your kids will walk away with gnomes, mushrooms, elves and other colorful creations and you enjoy 10% off of purchases made that day. It’s a play day for crafters of all ages!

    Kids Holiday Crafting Play Day
    Saturday, November 19th
    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (local time)
    For more information or to register, visit our website.

    Remember, sign up with a friend (or siblings) and save $5 off the price of both tickets. Kids ages 8 and under require an adult chaperone – contact your local store to inquire.

    Happy Holidays!

    Rainy day crafts for kids

    Haley's rainy day dollWhen thunderstorms, heat waves or snow days keep the kids indoors lean on us to help you weather the storm. We went through our archives to find a few kid-friendly crafts that will keep you from getting caught in the rain.

  • Paper monsters
  • Paper dolls & paper dollhouses
  • Owl place cards
  • Paper pinwheels
  • Paper Source moms recommend keeping bulk packs, a Xyron machine and colorful pens around for stormy days. What do you recommend pulling from the craft closet in the event of a kid crafting emergency?

    Crafts for kids: New kits for boys and girls

    Being the mom/stepmom of three boys, the thought of hosting twelve boys (ages 7-11), at the Evanston store terrified me! How would we keep these boys engaged in the crafts we wanted them to test? (Especially since we planned to sugar them up with donuts during the hour they were with us!) As it turns out, the boys LOVED to craft!

    Quiet and hard working, they started by testing our Ninja Kit concept. (Due in stores this Fall thanks to the overwhelming response from the boys!) This interactive kit creates puppet-like ninjas with jointed arms and legs for action-packed battles!

    paper crafts for boys paper ninja craft

    They then switched to building our Space Creatures Kit, and had a great time making the aliens and other-worldly pets uniquely their own. Read the rest of this entry »

    Paper crowns for a royal affair

    A few of my Paper Source colleagues are getting up at 3 a.m. to watch the royal wedding, so I thought it would be fun to transform our paper crowns into something our friends across the pond would appreciate. So, in celebration of tomorrow’s momentous occasion, here is a paper crown that pays homage to Great Britain.

    diy paper crown

    This is what you need to create one for yourself:

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    How-to: Lamb treat bag

    favor bag

    Decorate your Easter table or start an Easter project for the kiddies with these lovable little lambs! This idea is great for baby showers too!

    –Annie
    PS colors: peacock & paper bag
    Latest fave: Spritzer Rubber Stamp Cleaner and Rubber Stamp Cleaning Pad

    Materials Needed:

    The Big Easy Masks

    mardi_gras_masks_crownsAs a Midwesterner, I have trouble celebrating Mardi Gras. It’s usually cold. It’s usually gray. And the voodoo around here just isn’t the same.

    Sure, I honor the holiday with a batch of étouffée. I even go as far as accepting my father-in-law’s usual Sazerac offer, despite not yet developing a taste for this potent cocktail. Still, it never feels like I do the Carnival justice.

    But, earlier this year I had a chance to visit New Orleans for the first time. (Hello New Orleans, long time lover, first time visitor!) I was escorted by seasoned visitors the Sazerac-loving father-in-law, queen of bayou cuisine mother-in-law, and my fun-loving Mister. We tackled that town like it was sprouting legs and running away– hitting the St. Louis Cemetery to visit famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, riding the St. Charles Streetcar through the Garden District, and watching quintessential blues legend Dr. John perform at Tipitina’s.

    Oh, the French Quarter? We tackled that too. And, boy, did we eat.

    So, this year, the Carnival season not only seems possible, it seems necessary. Read the rest of this entry »