Category Archives: Celebrations

5 Ways to Decorate Kraft Boxes

June 29, 2015

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If you have a stash of kraft boxes, you are always ready to wrap a gift (I stock them in 2″, 3″ and 4.”) Kraft boxes are the perfect packaging for gifts from your kitchen like jars of jam or lemon curd or homemade crackers, cookies and candies. They also work well for soft items like socks, belts, scarves or gloves. The little tan boxes even make cash and gift cards more festive to give. The beauty of a kraft box is you can tie it with twine and you’re good to go. But sometimes it’s nice to take it to the next level. Here are a five easy ways to embellish a kraft box.

Markers – Kraft boxes are the perfect canvas for doodling. Use markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint… whatever you have on hand. After you finish your masterpiece, add something festive like a sparkler-inspired box topper.

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Stickers – Nothing could be easier than decorating with stickers and you probably already have a stash somewhere in your house. If not, you could pick up some neon dot stickers (or white hole reinforcements) from your local drug store. Simple.

Paper – You could wrap your kraft box with beautiful gift wrap, but that’s an obvious solution. Instead, use patterned scrapbook paper to cover just the sides of the box. (It makes opening easier and the box stays pretty!)

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Paper Punch – Use a paper punch to cut and paste decorative shapes to the sides of your kraft box. I love this trick the most and do it all the time. (Check out my valentine boxes.)

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Washi Tape – Use washi tape to create any pattern you like. You can also use washi in place of ribbon. I like the look of “outlining” a box with washi tape.

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There are hundreds of ways to create unique, personalized gift boxes. I hope these five simple ideas spark your creativity. Happy packaging!

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Hi Five! All-American Celebrations

May 18, 2015

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the USA. It’s also the first of three warm-weather holidays where red, white, and blue is expected and welcomed. Say “hello” to five summer celebration favorites that will carry you through Labor Day.

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1. Replace the metal tops of your mason jars with card stock inserts and you’ll protect your ice-cold lemonade from bugs, and minimize possible spills.
2. I love sparklers, but they can be dangerous for little ones. Add some ribbon wands to the mix so everyone has something to wave when the mood strikes.
3. Dig out a well-loved quilt from your attic (or buy one on Etsy), and spread it out at the park, beach, or even in your own backyard. Perfect for day dreaming and picnic eating.
4. Pinwheels can add patriotic flair to your tabletop or can be a craft activity at your BBQ.
5. If you have a fire pit, s’mores are likely on the menu. But you can create this quintessential summer treat even without an open flame.

Check out more All-American celebration ideas on Pinterest. I would love to hear about some of your summer celebration favorites.

Hi Five! May Day Flowers

April 26, 2015

May Day is a generally an uncelebrated holiday. But, what better excuse to fill your home with lovely blooms? Fresh flowers too pricey? Add some cheer to your space with a few paper alternatives. Say hello to my five favorite paper floral decorations from around the web.

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1. This lovely bouquet from The Budget Decorator looks like china!
2. No time for a DIY? Paper Source to the rescue.
3. This lovely gift wrap idea from 33 Shades of Green would also be perfect for Mother’s Day.
4. I still love these paper bouquet cones I made last year.
5. These tissue pom poms from The Idea Room could stay up all year.

Happy May Day!

Scratch-Off Valentines

February 10, 2015

Valentine packaging | Card and Parcel

I’ve been wanting to make some kind of scratch-off card forever, and I decided Valentine’s Day was the holiday to finally give it a try. I love the results!

There are a few ways to go when making scratch-offs. You can mix your own metallic scratch-off paint or you can use stickers. I went the sticker route… clean and easy. I designed and printed a few Valentine puns, cut them out, and applied the stickers, rounded the corners and voila… scratch-off valentines.

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Valentine scratch-offs | Card and Parcel

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I put the mini valentines in 2-inch boxes filled with candy and decorated with polka-dotted hearts, red and white twine, and “be mine” flags I picked up at Michaels.

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I enjoyed handing these out at work today. And, I have plenty of stickers left over so I see more scratch-offs in my future.

P.S. Here’s what I did last year for Valentine’s Day.

Free Printable: Fa La La Garland

December 13, 2014

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What are you doing this weekend? If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re probably baking and entertaining and shopping and wrapping. Maybe you’re addressing your holiday cards while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Is there time to squeeze in a quick decorating DIY? Yes! And I have a free printable for you to make it easy.

For the simple accordion folded garland above, I printed the letters needed on sticker paper I found at Paper Source. I then used a 1-inch circle punch to cut the letters and adhered them to the “garland.” So simple. I created free printables of several color combos so you can make your own garland.

Here’s How:
1. Use a 2-inch paper punch to create 18 circles of patterned paper or card stock.
2. Print* one of the PDF templates below and use a 1-inch paper punch to cut out each letter.
3. Adhere one letter to each patterned circle.
4. Use a needle to thread the circles on a piece of embroidery floss or twine.
5. Hang above your bed, from your mantle, or use the garland to wrap a gift.

Free Fa La La Garland Printables
1. Cherry & Kelly
2. Berry & Pine
3. Blush & Mint
4. Magenta & Lime
5. Black & Gray

BONUS!
Here are a few “Happy Birthday” and “Happy New Year” garland printables.
1. Happy Navy
2. Happy Gold
3. Happy Black

* Be sure to print at full size with no shrinking or the circle guides may be too small and show on your final product.