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My sister, a third grade teacher, is always looking for creative kids craft ideas. She recently asked me to come up with a fun project she could do with her students for Halloween. When I think Halloween, I think monsters, which led to these colorful paper monsters. The basic shapes are made from circle cards, printable labels, and scrap paper. For a fun dimensional look I combined two circle cards, folded the top card in half, adhered the top halves of each card together, and left the bottom halves free to create an open mouth.
The idea was to let the kids be creative when making their monsters, so beyond showing them some samples, they were free to add horns, eyes (however many they desired!), claws, teeth, etc. For finishing touches we used Stickles glitter glue as slime, warts, boogers…you get the idea.
The motto of this craft project: “No Rules, Anything Goes!”
It doesn’t rain very often in Los Angeles, so we don’t worry much about saving things for a rainy day. However, the skies do cloud over in Autumn. During such gloomy days, we’ve found that Paper Source kits are the perfect way to gather the family around the table – away from TV, Internet and video games.
Recently, my wife and I welcomed my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece over for a day of fun. When the weather didn’t cooperate, we ran upstairs to our craft area, pulled out the Owl Placecard Kit and a few other supplies (this kit only requires a few common items like a pencil, scissors, glue stick, and ruler). Seated together at a round table, I read out the instructions and, step by step, everyone made their first owl. After mastering the initial design, it was time for improvisation…droopy eyes, crossed eyes, different color combos, etc. Finally, we gave each of the owls a name like Dr. Hoot and Hootie Jr. The result was a fun family day indoors with our newest set of friends – the owls.
Who would have guessed that our new Paper Doll Kit would cause such a stir around here? The kids of Paper Source employees are showing their true creative roots in their continued excitement over our paper dolls!
Nicole (9) and Nina (7), daughters of Sally our CEO, have gone to town with their kits, literally. In addition to creating all kinds of outfits, they have spent countless hours building homes for their dolls adding table clothes made from origami paper and rugs from our French canvas fabric. While out walking the dog after having introduced the kit to some friends, Sally said a car pulled up and a little girl shouted to her daughter out the window, “Hey Nina, have you finished your curtains?!!” Word is spreading quickly in their neck of the woods!
Check out the girls’ bedrooms complete with bunk beds, tiny books on the bookshelf, and a painting hung on the wall! Who doesn’t stand around in their bedroom in their best bathing suit? Read the rest of this entry »
We thought we’d start sharing some of the doll creations that have been circulating the halls here. (The dolls shown here were created by Haley, daughter of Rhonda in HR, with some help from brother Evan, and by our summer intern Tracy.)
More to come — we hope you enjoy this new kit as much as we do!
P.S. A great tip from Crysia, the store manager at PS in Boston: in addition to the removable adhesive dots in the kit, try using Xyron repositionable adhesive for doll clothing and accessories– great for using those outfits again and again.
Created by one of our assistant store managers, these make great kid’s party favor boxes — or a rainy day project for kids to make themselves. Come by your local Paper Source store to see this favor box created in person!
Chocolate Pocketbook Favor Boxes
Chocolate Oval Scallop Cards
Cover Weight Paper in Eco-white and Strawberry
Brads in Chocolate, Pool and Silver
Scallop Paper Punch
1/8″ Round Hole Punch
1. Fold and assemble favor box according to instructions in package.
Ears & tail
2. Cut one scallop circle card in half lengthwise and fold each down to create two ears.
3. Cut a half moon or u-shape out of another scallop circle card to create tail, folding end about 3/4″ to create an anchor.
4. Using 1/8″ hole punch, punch holes in the ends of each ear Read the rest of this entry »
I am loving our new rocket rubber stamp, one of many new stamp designs that we recently launched (no pun intended). It’s perfect for kids’ parties and is an image that’s timeless for year round use. Here we used it with our For Date Time Place rubber stamp to make a folded card into an invitation, with details on the inside.
Rocket Ship Rubber Stamp
For Date Time Place Rubber Stamp
1/8″ Round Hole Punch
Versamark Watermark Inkpad
Brilliance Starlight Silver Inkpad
Metallic Silver Embossing Powder
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This classic craft can be amped up using colored paper and rubber stamps. White ink, like Versamagic White Cloud, is one of our fave colors to use for this.
1. Begin with any color text weight paper. Have fun mixing and matching different colors. Cut text paper to 5 1/4″ squares.
2. Fold paper twice, corner to corner, creating four triangles. Punch an 1/8″ hole on the left side of each fold near the corner. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a great craft idea we put together to brighten our moods on a rainy spring day. Paper kites are a fun project to work on with kids and they make wonderful party decorations, or wall décor.
(One day when we are master kite-makers we will figure out how to make these for outdoor flying, but for now, these are indoor-only!) We find the kites to be most interesting when different paper patterns are used for the kite panels – here we used three papers from the Fauna & Flora paper collection. Read the rest of this entry »
Repeat your party theme in unexpected ways…rubber stamps aren’t just for cards or invitations– here we use them as super easy cupcake toppers. Create your own look or theme– works great with almost any medium or small sized stamp. These are a perfect pair with our robot invites.