Paper Source Holiday Crafting

Looking for ways to get creative this holiday season?  We have plenty!  Nothing sparks the holiday spirit quite like holiday crafting and we have multiple options to get in the spirit! Find out more about our holiday events and our holiday contest below.

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Holiday Card Making Crafter’s Night Out, Thursday, November 6th: Kick off the season with wine, cookies and a little crafting!  Make four different cards and get loads of ideas for your annual holiday greetings.  This is one of our most popular events of the year!  You can sign up online or contact your local store if they are sold out to see if they are running an encore.

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Free Make & Take Event, Saturday November 29th: Swing by between 11 am – 3 pm at your local store (no reservation necessary!) to do some light crafting with friends and family.  Make festive holiday tags with stamps, tape and punches.  You will even get to line an envelope with colorful holiday wrap – a great DIY touch for both handmade and store-bought holiday cards.



Holiday Gift Wrap Workshop, Thursday, December 4th:  Bring presents and get ready to wrap!  We will teach you the basics of gift wrapping along with some unique accent ideas.  Learn more details and sign up here.



Staff Holiday Favorite Workshop, Saturday, December 13th: Contact your local store for details.  Choices range from gift wrap, to decor to Nutcracker paper dolls!

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Holiday Card Making Contest, deadline December 15th: Time to show off your creativity!!  Enter for the chance to win $150 gift card.  There is more than one way to win – check out our contest page for details!

Weekend Wants: Skulls

In honor of Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead on Nov 1), here are some of our favorite skull items! Hurry and grab these up, because they’re all ON SALE now, while supplies last!

Festive shots. Get the party started with these festive Skull Shot Glasses. The gold  artwork makes an impactful statement without being cheesy!


Wipe Down. A graphic skull and bold pattern takes center stage in this set of three Sugar Skull Tea Towels. They come wrapped in a natural bow and make a great hostess gift!


Not so cookie cutter. Nothing looks sweet about these treats! Make some festive cookies with these unique Sugar Skull Cookie Cutters!

Warm & Toasty Dinner Party

Now that the weather is cooling off, warm your home with a cozy dinner party! With fresh table decor and contemporary cocktails, these party ideas just might make fall your favorite season to entertain!

 Simple Settings 

Set the table with this fun place setting idea. Just cut our Chalkboard Wrapping Paper into rectangular place mats or use as a table runner for a unique way to personalize your space. Write your guests’ names above their plates or let your guests doodle their own setting design. Simply arrange colorful chalk in a darling mason jar for a playful pre-dinner activity.

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Fill this trendy  Glass Mason Jar Mug with Colored Chalk or Extra Fine White Chalk Ink Markers for a cute, vintage way to display your creative table design.

A casual get together doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Set your table with a few fall textures and colors for a truly memorable meal. Cut strips of playful fine paper , wrap into sweet circles and connect with double stick tape for a beautifully simple napkin ring. Add a rustic touch to any candle or vase by wrapping it with a little burlap bow.

Finally, bring the scent of Autumn inside with a Rewined Cider Candle.  This scent features a rich blend of fresh apple, cinnamon and clove, with aromas of buttery dark rum. This premium natural soy wax is poured into repurposed glass for an eco-friendly design.


We love this Lokta Moroccan White on Yellow Fine Paper for simple napkin rings inspired by rich fall colors. And this Natural Burlap Woven Ribbon adds a touch of rustic flair to any container-even our Rewined Cider Candle.


Warm & Toast-y

Your guests will love these inspired cocktails and trendy glasses. Cozy up with company to share an artfully-made refreshment with these contemporary drink ideas.

The beautiful photography and simple recipes in Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails will warm your guests with cool new drink ideas. This book makes mixing cocktails simple, social and fun, so gather your friends and pick your favorite recipe! You may just find a new seasonal favorite.


If you’re looking for a classic concoction, our Moscow Mule Mugs are a trendy way to enjoy your favorite mix. Our box features the namesake recipe, but these stylish cups will add vintage charm to any cold drink. Plus, we offer our set for the lowest price around- Cheers to that!


Have a whiskey-lover in the group?  These Whiskey Rocks are the perfect way to keep drinks cold without diluting flavor. Simply freeze, then pop these little stones in your favorite drink for five minutes. These soapstone cubes are milled by the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States- so you know they’re good.



Fun & Games

Keep the party going with these beautiful game sets. These classic boards are definitely an oldie-but-goody combination. Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, and Backgammon add a little friendly competition to your intimate affair. And after you’re done, these bright and bold designs look gorgeous on your bookshelf.  Bonus points for you!


Protect your table from those frosty mugs with these Authentic Record Coasters. Re-purposed from vintage records, this unique set is sure to be a conversation starter. Use this blast from the past to inspire your music choices for a fall party that is sure to rock all night.



Weekend Wants: Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner and we’re gearing up for some fun parties (check out our Monster Mash bash and Pumpkin ideas). Whether you’re prepping tasty treat bags at your scary soiree, or stocking up for trick-or-treating, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite treats, and all of them are on SALE now – so hurry up while supplies last!

Haunted Houses. This Haunted House Treat Box Kit is sure to put your party favors over the edge. So cute – use them as treat boxes or candy-filled centerpieces.

Sweet Treats. Looking for some traditional candies for lucky trick-or-treaters? Kids are sure to love these Pumpkin Peeps and Halloween Pop Rocks!

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DIY Your Treats. If you’re looking to add a more personal touch to your treat bags, try our Orange & Black Polka Dot Bags with our Halloween Monsters Stickers. The perfect party favors for homemade goodies.



Pumpkin Party Inspiration

It’s time to decorate for Halloween! If you’re looking for a fun way to create your spooky decor, why not invite your friends over for a festive pumpkin decorating party?

These easy decorations and creative refreshments will delight your guests as they create their perfect pumpkins. We’ve also shared creative ways to glam up your gourd without the mess.


Painted Pumpkins 

Your pumpkin will be the talk of the block with these fun decorating techniques!  No need for the goopy mess- these carving-free ideas add fun flair to any pumpkin.

Add a splash of sparkle or dunk your pumpkin in gold glitz- either way your pumpkins are sure to shine with these decorating tips!


Boo-tifully simple design: Simply paint your pumpkin with Black Acrylic Paint and let it dry. Next, paint liquid glue on the stem and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter. Shake off any excess sparkle and let dry. Finally, scrawl a spooky message on your pumpkin with a DecoColor Gold Marker.

Glitter-dipped and delightful: Paint your pumpkin from base to stem with Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint. Add an additional coat of paint that only covers the bottom half of your pumpkin and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter for a gold-dipped look.

Shiny Chevron: Create your own chevron-designed pumpkin using Super Tacky Tape. Cut this strong double-stick tape into zig-zag shapes. Then sprinkle your pumpkin with Metallic Glitter for a gold, modern look.


Pumpkin Carving Party Invites

Your guests will love these fun pumpkin party invitations. Make your own using our easy DIY guide!

Psst! Here’s a tip! Stamp and emboss pumpkins one by one using VersaMark Inkpad and embossing powders. Doing the colors separately will ensure that the embossing powders do not mix on the card. Print and cut text layer and adhere to card using Chevron Washi Tape.


Pretty Pumpkin Décor

Decorate more than just your pumpkins! Spruce up your space with these festive flourishes perfect for your decorating party. These jolly jack-o’-lanterns are sure to inspire your guests as they make they own pumpkin creations.

Use this festive Halloween Rosette Kit to add fun flair to your pumpkin-carving party.


Pop up these Honeycomb Pumpkins to set your table or hang from the ceiling for quick and cute decoration.

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These jolly Pumpkin Gel Gems are fun additions to any window or mirror.



Delicious Details   

Decorating your pumpkins outside in the crisp autumn weather? Help your guests stay warm with this sweet treat- hot chocolate paired with festive Pumpkin Peeps!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is.               Just use Halloween Peeps marshmallows in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is. Use Pumpkin Peeps in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!


Keep the pumpkin theme going by using a pumpkin to create a cute drink cooler. Just slice  in half, clean, and fill with a clear bowl with ice for a creative way to keep drinks cold.

Refresh your guests with cool drinks using this cute idea from Martha Stewart.

Refresh your guests using this cute cooler idea from Martha Stewart.

Weekend Wants: Quick Halloween Party Decorations

You might have noticed we love a fun Halloween party. Here are three quick ways to add decoration to your next scary fete!

Festive Paper Rosettes. These Halloween Rosettes are easy to put together and will add a layer of dimension to any space. Hang from the ceiling over your buffet or create a space for a photobooth background!


No Bad Luck. This Spooky Cat Garland is sure to add a little whimsy to your Halloween fete. Use these frightful felines as a garland or as party invitations. Make them with kids for a fun pre-party craft!



Spell it Out. Create a classic look with this Happy Halloween Garland. Everything you need is included–just string it up!

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It’s a Monster Mash Bash!

It’s almost Halloween and we’re ready to party! Throw your little ghouls and goblins a Monster Mash Bash with these easy tricks and treats.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess blog.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess.


Monstrous  Invitations

Use our fun stickers and stamps to add creepy details to your party invitations. Wrap your note with playful washi tape or monster-themed paper tape to finish your scary stationery.

Monster Invitation

Everything you need for fun and freaky invites: Poppy and Beet cards and envelopes with Halloween Monsters Circle Stickers and our Little Monsters Rubber Stamp Set . Tie your design together with Monsters Paper Tape and Skinny Orange & Black Ribbon.    Items not shown to scale.



Haunted house

Your little monsters will howl for these adorable door designs. Just paste black paper circles to the back of paper plates to create eyes for your monster. Streamers and cut paper make great hair for your monster and our pre-cut spiders add an easy, creepy touch to any door.


Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Greet your guests a scary start by playing a Halloween soundtrack or sound machine.


These little monsters are too cute to be scary. They’re simple to make. Just fluff our pre-made tissue pom poms, cut some black and white circles for eyes, and glue together for fun and frightful monsters. Hang from the ceiling or use as table decorations.

We love these Monster Tissue Pom Poms from Persia Lou. Use Diamond Blue and Coral Tissue Paper Poms to create the look. (Don’t forget the scissors and glue!)



Scary Snacks

Your guests will gobble up these bright and silly monster cookies.

Kooky monster cookies from Lil' Luna

Kooky monster cookies from Lil’ Luna

These playful cups are easy to make- just add some monster eye stickers to a party cup and top with a fun straw. Cut washi tape to easily add a festive pennant.


Check out these creative monster cups from Simply Creative Insanity. Our fun Black & White Paper Straws and Spooky Eyes Stickers are perfect for this project. Fold a piece of cut Party Washi Tape to create a cute flag for your straw.  Items not shown to scale.


Party time

Wrap coffee cans with fun Halloween paper tape, add some monster eyes and stack for a fun ball-toss carnival game. You could also fill balloons with a small treat, add silly faces and let your little ones pick a balloon to pop.

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Your guests will love getting crafty with these fun creatures. Build your own creepy paper monsters using this fun kit then use your dolls to put on a puppet show!


Tricky treats

When your Monster Mash is done, send your guests home with these spirited treat bags.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Decorate colorful paper bags with a silly and simple paper face. Our paper punches make cutting perfect circles a snap. Flag-shaped or triangle punches make great teeth for your little ghouls. When you’re done,  fill with little zany treats like the ones below to thrill your visitors.


Some frightening favors! Fill your bag with Finger Monsters, Flashing Bouncing Eyeballs, Light-up Pumpkin Balls, and fizzy Halloween Pop Rocks.

Weekend Wants: Halloween Costumes

You might not know it, but Paper Source is the go-to for quick and easy Halloween costumes! Here are some of our favorites when it comes to dressing up in a pinch and putting your scariest face forward.

Halloween Classics. Dress up easily with this Halloween Masks Kit – all the main parts are included for quick at-home assembly! Perfect if you don’t want to spend a fortune looking festive, but want to be in the spirit when you’re handing out candy. Pair these with coordinating colored clothes for the complete effect (like an all white outfit for the mummy).


Get your head in the game. Top off your look with these fun hats! Pair any of them with an all-black ensemble for a scary witch or wicked devil!


Bad to the bone. Skeletons are a classic! Make yourself into one with these bony tattoos and scary face mask!


Paper Source How-To: Sugar Skull Mask Wall Art

Sugar Skull Mask

Create a striking mask display chock full of your personality!



  • Download the How-To PDF
  • Paint mask using poly brush and white paint.
  • Allow to dry and paint a second coat.
  • Once dry, use black Sharpie pen to outline eye and cheek hollows. Using the shape of the teeth as a guide, outline the mouth in black Sharpie pen as well.
  • Draw circles, dots and lines as desired to decorate mask.
  • Add color and flair to mask by layering patterned washi tape and flower stickers.
  • Use Stickles glitter glue to add sparkle to your design. Allow Stickles to dry.
  • To hang mask, use heavy duty 1/8″ hole punch to make a hole on either side of mask, approximately halfway between eyes and cheeks.
  • Thread a length of ribbon through holes making knots on the front of the mask to secure.
  • Hang & display!