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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Paper Source How-To: Sugar Skull Mask Wall Art

Sugar Skull Mask

Create a striking mask display chock full of your personality!

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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!

Back to School: Locker Style

As you gear up for the school year, one great way to cheer up your little student is to give them the greatest looking locker around. From wallpapers to magnets, to mini chandeliers, there are endless ways to deck out a school locker!

Paper Source has decorations ready made for a locker. The locker rug fits standard locker sizes, and is sure to give your student a home away from home while at school. The hanging chandelier is a perfect touch of glamour for a dingy locker. It’s magnetic for easy installation, and even has a motion sensor. The chandelier is battery operated- so there’s no power needed! The aqua locker wallpaper (also available in black) instantly dresses up any locker wall- and won’t damage its surfaces. The wall paper is easy to cut- so it fits any space, and comes with 20 magnets. With just a few items your locker diva is ready for the new year!

Are you more of a do-it-yourself-er? Even better! Paper Source’s papers, washi tapes and desk accessories can definitely find a place in a school locker!

Paper Source has an endless supply of wrapping paper, and there’s one out there to fit your kid’s individual style. Use some painter’s  tape or glue dots to safely adhere wrapping paper to locker walls. These are our picks for a boy’s locker!

These papers are perfect for your super girly-girl who needs a little pink in her life!

Have a kid who can’t get enough sweets and snacks? Satisfy their cravings with a delectable foodie locker wrap!

Don’t see quite the right wrap here? Check out all of our other gift wraps and fine papers- at least one will strike your fancy!

Another option for a locker interior is a chalkboard wallie. They are available in pink and black. It’s removable and won’t damage the inside of a locker. Great for doodles or jotting down homework assignments! Chalk is in included, but when you run out try some dustless chalk- it’ll keep school supplies clean!

With wrapped locker walls, your student can go crazy with fun accessories and knick-knacks. These sticky notes are pennant shaped, so you can write a fun message and display it in a banner! A perfectly playful touch for the top of a locker!

Stash some quirky pencils in your child’s locker-  they won’t mind taking notes with these!

Washi Tapes are another great way to add some personality and style to a locker interior. Just have your student pick their favorite and the decorating possibilities are endless. Use them as a border around the locker or around a magnetic mirror. Or use them to tape up and frame pictures!

Magnets are a must  for keeping pictures and assignments from getting crumpled underneath textbooks. Paper Source carries styles from sophisticated flowers to feisty foxes.

These talk bubble white board magnets are a fun addition to any space. Students can leave them outside of their locker for friends to stop by and write a friendly note! Don’t forget vibrant dry erase markers!

 

With a fun locker set up, stopping for next period’s textbooks doesn’t have to be such a drag. Check out our Pinterest for more locker style inspiration and organization tips. Happy back to school season!

Inspiration: DIY Hot Air Balloon Paper Mobile

In need of a unique baby shower gift or an extra special touch to your own nursery? Try these adorable paper hot air balloons! They make for super cute decor and an eye-catching mobile.

We received this great idea from Paper Source fan Michelle N. Michelle found 3D paper air balloon designs online and created her own pattern. She then used PS paper and card stock  to create the balloon and basket, which she stamped and embossed . To finish off, she added some baker’s twine to hang the balloons and embellished the baskets with ribbon and washi tape. Michelle created her paper balloons for a gender neutral woodlands-themed nursery, but different papers and stamps could transform her idea for any room!

We love seeing what crafts you come up with–share your own ideas in the comments, or email them to press@paper-source.com! 

 

DIY: Washi Tape Ideas

One of our favorite and simplest ways to get crafty is….with tape! We love washi and paper tape! With these DIY projects, your everyday items will look new, colorful and fun. Washi tape originates from Japan and has a typical masking tape texture, but is far from dull and beige. Washi tape is most often made from the bark of trees native to Japan (this is why some tape that is similar to washi tape is simply called paper tape if it does not come from Japan).

Washi tape can literally be used on anything. It appears delicate but can actually withstand a lot. The best part? If you don’t like where you put it, just take it right off. It won’t damage or leave sticky marks on anything! It is the easiest DIY crafting you’ll ever do, so even if you think you aren’t too crafty this will quickly change your mind.

We offer multiple different styles and designs of tape – washi tape being just one of them. Below you’ll see what we’ve done to add a little color to things that you can find around your home. In addition to the washi tape, we just couldn’t help but get our hands on the Paper Source-designed Gold Foil Lace Tape. It adds a look of charm and elegance without being too flashy.

 

If you’re looking for even more tape inspiration, the internet has an abundance! Pinterest especially has some beautiful images (we just searched “washi tape ideas” for the search below.

 

Some of our favorites include DIY twist ties, gift wrap/tags, coasters, and taping down a car track for the younger ones!

Images from BuzzFeed

 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve DIY’ed with tape? Tell us in the comments!

Crafter’s Night Out: Flea Market Style

This Thursday we are hosting Crafter’s Night Out in all of our stores from 6 – 8 pm.  For this workshop, we were inspired by one of our favorite summer pasttimes: flea markets!  Some of our favorite market finds include vibrant oil cloth, unique vintage bottles and nostalgic black and white photos.  These beautiful objects sparked our creativity and the result was the projects for this class.  Join us to make colorful cards, tissue paper flowers and even etch a glass milk bottle!  The retro style pieces in this class are fun to complete and easy to repeat for summer party favors, gifts, personal stationery and more.  Find out more about the projects here.

Get in the flea market mood by checking out some of our inspiration.  We hope to see you on Thursday!

 

 

Crafting for July 4th with Straws!

Independence Day is just around the corner, with just enough time to spruce up your place with some patriotic details! Our favorite crafting tool might surprise you….straws!

These red and white paper straws are bright and cheerful, and work in three different crafts! We originally drew inspiration from a Straw Wreath How-To we’ve featured on our blog before. Although it was originally meant for Christmas, we love that all you need to change about this is the ribbon color (try Royal or Lake) and you have a whole new look that screams U-S-A. (Check out the step by step instructions here.)

If you’re looking for something simpler, try one of our favorite summer kits, the Nautical Sailboat Kit to add a little playfulness to your bash. These are fun to make with kids, and make great place cards, too!

 

We also love this classic Paper Bag Pinwheels Kit for a timeless and whimsical addition to decor. Best of all, you can reuse these for future occasions!

 

In need of more crafty ideas or patriotic decor for your 4th of July bash? Head over to our Pinterest page and get inspired!

 

Paper Source How-To: Ice Pop Invitation

 

Start your festive July 4th bash with this fun and patriotic ice pop-themed party invitation! Download the instructions and get crafting for your USA tribute!

 

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Download How-To
  • At the bottom of card, stamp three ice pops with VersaMark ink and apply Aqua embossing powder. 
  • Set the embossing powder using the heat tool. 
  • Fill in center section of ice pops with white pen. 
  • Use X-Mas Red stickles to accent top portion of ice pops and allow to dry. 
  • Format your invite text to fit into a 4″ w x 3 3/4″ h rectangle. 
  • Trim out text layer and adhere to stamped card.

Workshop: Indigo Card Making

This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Indigo Card Making, happening Thursday, June 19.

My latest crush is on Indigo.  I see it everywhere: clothing, textiles, home decor, ceramics, the list goes on.  I wanted to combine it with my other love, paper, so I created the Indigo Card Making Workshop!  With the stationery collection in this class I tried to capture some of my favorite forms of the trend: sun prints, Shibori dyeing, dip-dyeing, Ikat prints and mosaics.  You can take a look at some of my Indigo inspiration on this Pinterest board:

 

This roll-up-your-sleeves class is such great creative playtime!  Among the projects, you will learn how to create decorative paper with Shibori techniques that involve binding and dying paper with inkpads. Then you will use your beautiful hand-dyed paper to create stationery.  One of my favorite aspects of the class is the “reveal” moments when you unfold the bindings to discover the Indigo pattern.  Click here to learn more about the other projects in this workshop.

Classes are filling fast but many locations are running encores so be sure to call your local store if seats are sold out online.

Pinterest inspiration for our workshop. Check out more here.

Favorite PS colors: cement & coral
Favorite PS product:  Mint Patterned Napkins