Category Archives: Packaging

Mini Halloween Piñatas

October 5, 2014

Happy October! It’s time for all things Halloween. What’s your favorite Halloween decoration? Do you like cute or spooky? Do you make or buy?

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try. They are easy to make (although they do take some time) and crepe paper is a very forgiving medium. Fill them with candy, stickers, crayons, spider rings, etc. Or, leave them empty and create a garland. Here’s how I made them.

Spider (or bat or vampire) | Ghost

Spider and Ghost Piñatas | Card and Parcel

Candy Corn | Martian

candy corn and martin piñatas | Card and Parcel

Pumpkin | Filled with candy!

Pumpkin Piñatas | Card and Parcel


Origami Easter Boxes

April 11, 2014

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Tiny pastel-colored boxes filled with favorite candies – what could be more perfect for Easter?

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

For the top of your box, follow these instructions using a 6 x 6 inch square of your favorite patterned paper then decorate with ribbon, stickers, or other embellishments. For the bottom, use a 5.5 x 5.5 inch piece of paper.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Fill each box with sweet treats or tiny toys.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

I hope you give this DIY a try. You could also try adding a handle to make a mini Easter basket.

Origami Easter Box | Card and Parcel

Happy Easter!


Paper Easter Baskets

April 8, 2014

Paper Easter Basket | Card and Parcel

When I was a kid, every Easter it was the same story: my dad would “forget” to put on a tie for church. My mom and brother and I would wait in the car while my dad ran back into the house to finish dressing. After the service, we returned home to pastel-colored baskets overflowing with sweet treats left behind by the Easter Bunny (aka dad).

As an adult, I know I don’t need a giant basket filled with candy. But, a small paper Easter basket filled with a few favorite candies couldn’t hurt. These little baskets are easy to make and are perfect for brunch favors.

Paper Easter Baskets | Card and Parcel

Supplies Needed
Directions for folding an origami box
6 x 6 patterned paper (I used Country Drive by Echo Park Paper)
Bone folder
Eyelet tool (this is the one I use)
Needle nose pliers
Shredded green paper
Assorted candies

The directions for folding an origami box seem complicated at first but once you get into a groove, you can really crank them out. I used some double-sided tape to glue down the final flaps of paper.

I wanted to add a handle to the box so I punched two holes on opposite sides of the box and added eyelets. Using needle nosed pliers I bent some silver wire into different shapes to form the basket handles.

Paper Easter Basket | Card and Parcel

Once your box is complete, add some shredded green paper, a few pieces of candy, maybe even a gift tag. These little baskets would be a perfect decoration for your Easter brunch table.

Paper Easter Basket | Card and Parcel


Oscar Party Swag Bags

February 17, 2014

I’ve always wanted to host an Oscar-viewing party and this year I’m making it happen. After poking around Pinterest, I have the menu, decorations, and activities all planned. The best part of an Oscar party? The swag bag, of course! I finished them up this weekend and they are ready for my guests. I stamped gold stars on muslin bags and filled them with a few goodies. I punched stars from gold card stock and stamped them each with a guest’s initial to use as gift tags. (This one’s yours, Jackie!) Contents will remain a secret until after the Oscars!

Do you have anything planned for the big night?

Oscar Party Swag Bag | Card and Parcel

Sharing the Love

February 12, 2014

Valentine boxes

Hello friends! It’s been a while and I’m glad to be back. My life took an unexpected turn last December requiring me to slow down and focus on myself for a bit. That down time gave me an opportunity to re-evaluate a few things including how I want to focus my energy.

I really enjoy sharing paper crafting projects, both mine and those of other crafters, designers, and artists. It makes me feel creative. It energizes me. It inspires me and I want to keep doing it. But, I do have a few changes in mind that I’ll be working on over the next year.

Meanwhile, today is the perfect day to ease back into blogging because it gives me a chance to share a fun little project I worked on earlier this week. I filled small kraft favor boxes with assorted chocolates and candy and then decorated them with colored card stock and washi tape. There’s something sweet about a small package with simple adornments that people really enjoy. And I enjoyed sharing the love with friends and family.

Valentine boxes

Design Tip: Apply a couple of rows of colored washi tape to white card stock, then punch out your embellishments.

These are the supplies I used:
3” kraft favor boxes
1.5” EK Success circle punch
2” EK Success circle punch
Martha Stewart heart punch
Washi tape
Card Stock
Mono Adhesive Permanent tape