Scary, Spooky, Crafty, Kooky…Halloween Ideas

October means one thing here at Paper Source— Countdown to Halloween! This haunting holiday presents great crafting opportunities that are scary, spooky and kooky… which is the perfect recipe for fun in our book! Here are a few of our favorite Halloween ideas to get you ready to celebrate the tricks and treats of the season.

Get Your Stoop Spooktacular: Ways to Prep for Trick or Treaters

Whether or not you have kids in your home, trick or treating can seem daunting. If you’re planning a night out with your kids or prepping your home for visitors at your doorstep, here’s how to make October 31st a fun and easy event!

Before your trick or treaters arrive, make sure your door is prepped and ready for the little guests. Adding pumpkins to a stoop is sure to make your house more inviting. Here’s a fun alternative to carving (that takes less skill and time!): Sticky Pumpkin Face Kit.

Either on a natural pumpkin, or fun painted ones.

Photography by Roberto Caruso. Original post.

Not feeling like you want to dress up? Don a mask from our Halloween Masks Kit for an easy way to entertain the kids. You can switch them out through the night to keep things interesting.

Paper Source Halloween Masks Kit

Time to give out treats! We love the idea of using treat bags (pictured below) to hold fun-sized candy bars or an assortment of goodies. Not only is this packaging festive, but it gives kids an extra little surprise when they open them at home. BONUS: You’ll curb the urge kids have to sift through your basket to find the best stuff!

Try our bags with stamps, stickers, or washi tape (or your own combination of the three).

Bootiful Decorations

Ready to throw a Halloween hangout? Here are some ideas to get your space looking ready to fright and delight.

Set the tone with garlands, which can be placed across a mantle or on a wall. These adornments are sure to spook-up your space.

If you need more decorations, try these Sticky Bats, which are re-positionable and come in a ‘colony’ (pack of 16).

Freaky Flyers! Sticky Bats Kit

Need to serve up some drinks? We’re drinking up this creepy Kool-Aid. Ad when you’re serving it up, instead of plain Solo cups, try using Chalk stickers so guests can get creative and doodle or write their character name for the night.

Photography by Kevin Kennefick for Storey Publishing. Original Post.

And finally, you might need some tasty treats to send guests home with (or serve up right at the party). How yummy do these popcorn balls look? Dress them up with your favorite Halloween-colored toppings.

Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn Balls. Photography and recipe from Diethood.

Serve them up with style in these homemade Take Out Boxes (step by step instructions can be found in the link!)—stamp and decorate as you wish.

A great way to create and celebrate!

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!)


    Back to School Shopping Guide

    Back to School Shopping

    There is a very special feeling about shopping for new school supplies. Nothing defines the possibilities of a new year better than a fresh notebook or a bright accessory. Shopping for supplies at Paper Source offers everyone the chance to add something unique and stylish to the the run-of-mill supply list.

    Here are a few of our favorite finds…

    spiral notebooks

    Skip the standard black spiral notebook and opt for something that features incredible design. You can even coordinate a set of notebooks and folders featuring one of our favorite themes of the season: foxes, chevrons or ostriches.

    school supplies

    Keep your thoughts, notes and papers together with office supplies that are both fun and functional.

    Like these:

    Pebbles Colored Clothespins – $5.95

    Clipiola Paper Clips – $7.70

    Neon Colored Pencils – $9.95

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    Large Colorful Paper Clips – $7.95

    Guitar Paper Clips – $5.95

    Le Pen Pack (10 Pens) – $17.95

    Neon Pencil Cases

    Store those cool pens, bright pencils and keen items in one of these eye-catching pencil cases.

    Cosmetic Case (in Neon Pink & Turquoise) – $7.95

    Accessory Pouch (in Neon Orange & Yellow) – $8.95

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    Canvas Colorblock Pouches (in Red & Turquoise) – $12.95

    Color Palette Pencil Case – $6.95

    No. 3 Canvas Pouch – $7.95

    Shoes Cosmetic Bag – $24.95

    lunch bag

    You can even give your lunch routine a little makeover with our latest selection of insulated bags.

    Black & White Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95

    Mini Dots Lunch Bag from Built – $24.95

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    Sugar Skulls Lunch Bag by Sugar Booger – $19.95

    Zinneas Lunch Bag – $29.95

    Sky’s The Limit Lunch Bag – $16.95

    Zebra Munch Lunch Bag – $16.95

    lunch coolers

    We also love this new line of foldable lunch bags — just chill and pack!

    Ikat Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95

    Stripe Cooler Lunch Bag from PackIt – $22.95

    We also have an assortment of lunch containers that make the inside just as unique as the outside. Check out the Lunchskins resuable snack bags (with cool designs) or the Collapsable Lunch Box in bags and totes.

    With accessories this unique, Paper Source makes going back to school (or the office) a little bit cooler and lot more coordinated! Shop our entire Back to School assortment online or at a store location near you!

    Ice Pop Garland Kit (Recipes Too!)

    Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean that summer is over. The new Ice Pop Garland Kit is the perfect reminder of refreshing, sun-filled days ahead. The promise of something sweet and cold in bright cheery colors is enough to inspire a party.

    Since these colorful paper treats are a hit among kids and adults, we scoured Pinterest for equally delightful recipes that would complement a summer party or after-school gathering.

    ice pop

    Take a bite out of these delicious treats:

    1. Apricot & Strawberry Yogurt Pops from 3191 Miles Apart
    2. Nutella Fudgecicles from The Daily Waffle
    3. Stawberry & Banana Pops from Williams-Sonoma
    4. Assorted Fruit Pops from Chez Beeper Bebe

    Kids love making their own treats. And, the best part for you?… It’s still nice out, so they can enjoy them outside, where sticky hands can be hosed off afterwards!

    Paper Source Spotted: Jenna Bush Hager’s Bookworm Baby Shower

    Image from NBC

    Earlier this month, TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager and her soon-to-arrive firstborn were honored by the NBC family. Her NBC co-hosts and friends threw a book themed baby shower at the Peter Callahan Catering Studio in New York. With a theme centered around books and words of wisdom, the event included a few key accents from Paper Source.

    Image from NBC

    Jenna’s four-tiered diaper cake was wrapped in Burlap Ribbon, draped in peaceful Olive Leaves, accented with our Burlap Flowers, and topped with the ever-popular Sophie the Giraffe.

    kraft lettersImage from NBC

    The hosts tied in an alphabet element by hanging kraft letters with burlap ribbon for an educational and adorable accent to the day’s events.

    Image from NBC

    Gifts and wishes were offered to mom and baby in the form of books! Inside covers were signed by friends in good humor and wisdom, a trend that is likely to start a bookworm baby boom. Journals and books are a fun and unique way to share moments with friends, loved ones and newborns!

    Image from NBC

    Favors were presented in burlap bags, which complimented the diaper cake perfectly. Guests were given a few seasonal treats like earrings and nail polish. The items were stuffed with Paper Source Wasp printed tissue paper and tied off with decorative ribbon from our collection.

    We were excited to see how our products inspired this special event and even more tickled to learn that Jenna, Henry and their families welcomed Margaret Laura ‘Mila’ Hager to the world this weekend. We look forward to the creative celebrations that follow!

    Throwing a shower of your own? See other baby shower ideas from Paper Source.

    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.

    Mother-Daughter Holiday Crafting Tea

    The holiday season is a perfect time to craft with friends, kids, or to explore creative ideas independently. Last weekend one of our own Paper Source family members hosted an annual Mother-Daughter Holiday Crafting Tea at her home. With treats upstairs and creativity downstairs, the setting was ripe to organize a knock-your-socks-off craft that would be simple and fun for kids of a range of ages, yet interesting and sophisticated enough for parents. She also really wanted the final presentation of the craft to have that “wow” factor!   


  • Kraft Cones-small and large sizes
  • Medium Zots
  • Pre-cut strips (3/4” wide x5” long) of a selection of our beautiful Fine Papers
  • 5/8” Gold Woven Wire Edge Ribbon atop to finish it off
  • Instructions:

  • Create tear-shaped loops from the strips of paper by bringing their ends together.  
  • Leave a bit of an edge on each loop to catch the double-sided sticky Zot at both ends of the paper strip. 
  • Layer the paper loops in various patterns, affixing them to the Kraft Cone form.
  • There are endless ways to get playful with creating different looks- more traditional or whimsical-depending on your choice of paper selection and size, patterned assembly, color choices, paper loop size, etc.

    These trees look stunning in multiples of the same or varying heights! Group them on your mantel, feature them as holiday table décor, give it as a gift…this craft is sure to impress all! But not only that, a Holiday “Crafternoon” Tea is a wonderful new tradition to start that brings kids and parents together in a cozy, creative way!

    Happy Holidays! Happy Paper Crafting!

    Leah, Linda and Sally

    First birthday party invitations (no envelopes required)

    When my friend’s daughter, Alexa was turning one, I knew I wanted to do something extra special for her first birthday party invitations…and I knew it must incorporate our fantastic box mailers. Inspired by the tiny paper pinwheels featured at our recent office baby shower, I created these pretty in pink party invites.

    first birthday party invitations

    A simple printed card layered onto a scallop card and adhered to the bottom of the box mailer served as the base. The pinwheel was folded, held down with glue dots, then accented with a brad for the center.

    labels for box mailer invitation

    People are always curious to know if you can really send these in the mail, and yes, you can! I made a band from our 8.5 x 11 label sheets that displayed the to and from addresses, and held the box mailer together. Several postage stamps later and they were out the door.

    If you have a small event and want to make a big impact, give our box mailers a try!

    PS colors: peacock & cement
    Latest fave: Printable Labels

    A Baby Shower Keepsake for CEO Sally

    handmade baby book

    When planning our ABC baby shower for CEO Sally we wanted to create a keepsake for baby Ella. Using a Kolo album the team pooled creative talent to turn our ABC theme into a baby book that showcased the alphabet through the creativity of Paper Source associates.

    The book ended up being more than any of us imagined it could be – a wonderful project for all who participated and a special keepsake for Sally and her family. Here are just a few pages from this colorful and inspired book..

    baby book
    A is for Animals – a beautiful menagerie of fine paper cut outs

    baby book
    F is for Fashionista – for a baby who is sure to appreciate style

    baby book
    I is for Invitations – featuring the baby shower invitation

    baby book
    J is for Jars – our canning illustrations with fabric and fine paper accents

    baby book
    L is for Letterpress – a Paper Source tradition

    baby book
    V is for Vellum – with button and vellum flower accents

    baby book
    And a fitting close that will inspire Ella to turn the pages over and over again.

    -Ann, Kristen, Karen, Heather & Lora

    PS colors: 2012 Paper Source Colorscope
    Latest Fave: Baby Shower Ideas