Paper “Cupcake” Favor Box

 

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Make some “calorie free” paper cupcakes as a favor box for your next party.

This paper cupcake craft is cute and would be perfect as a bridal or baby shower table decoration. Best of all, these are cupcakes that you can enjoy without guilt! I have included free die cut files for download, which include the petal shapes for the “cupcake,” and the wrapper. Follow the easy instructions below.

 

Supplies needed:

  • 3 inch round paper mache box with lid
  • 3 inch round Styrofoam ball
  • tacky glue
  • foam hot glue sticks
  • glue gun
  • 12 x 12 paper for bottom of box and wrapper
  • 12 x 12 paper for top of cupcake
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • pearl gemstones
  • Die cut file download

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 9″ x 1.5″ square piece of paper. Use tacky glue to attach to the bottom portion of the paper mache box.
  2. Cut a 9.5″ of ribbon and use tacky glue to attach to the bottom portion of the paper mache lid.
  3. Cut the Styrofoam ball in half with a serrated knife or foam cutter and glue to the top of the paper mache lid with hot glue that is compatible with Styrofoam
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  4. Download the die cut files. Cut out petal shapes by hand or with your die cut machine. Files compatible with most devices are included in the download files.
  5. Glue a pearl gemstone to the center of each petal. Give each petal dimension by crimping the petal edges.
  6. Starting with the bottom of the lid using a glue gun to attach the petals to the top of the box (use the picture above for clarification).
  7. The paper mache box now has a cupcake shape, and you can stop at this point if you like. I thought the box looked much better with a wrapper.
  8. Cut out the wrapper by hand or with your die cut machine. Insert the tab into the slot and place the box into the wrapper.

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Recycled Bottle Party Light

Plastic trash is a serious problem. It is a fact. Every year more plastic bottles are manufactured than recycled, and it takes 5 to 6 decades for most plastic bottles to decompose. Decomposition for some types of plastic takes much, much longer.

Why not help the planet and have some fun while you are at it. Recycle plastic bottles into cute party lights. It isn’t tough and can be made in less than an hour.

 

As you can tell by the photo above, I like Trader Joe’s sparkling spring water, but you can use any plastic bottle that is clear and has a smooth surface.  Plastic bottles have manufacturer codes printed on them. The print is unattractive but is easily removed with a tiny bit of Goof Off. That stuff is magic!!

 

 

 

The next step is trimming the bottom of the bottle to form the shade. If you are using Trader Joe’s Spring water bottles, use the bottom of the label as a cutting guide. If you are using another type of plastic bottle.you can wrap it with painters or masking tape, and use that as a cutting guide.

After the bottles are trimmed, you will have to decide what areas of the bottle will remain clear. Cut your designs out of vinyl or contact paper and place them on the bottle.

 

I used contact paper and cut the designs with my Pazzle Inspiration die cutting machine. I had no problems with cheap old contact paper on my die cutting machine. It worked so well that I am going to make wall art next out of the left over contact paper!

 

You can also use scrapbooking punches, scissors Xacto knife, etc. to block out shapes on the plastic.

 

After you have determined your design for your party light, the bottles are ready to be sprayed with frosting spray. I used Valspar glass frosting spray because it can be used on plastic. Valspar sprays are sold at Lowe’s hardware. Make sure to check that your frosting spray is compatible with a plastic surface, as not all frosting sprays are.

Take precautions when working with aerosol products. Always spray outside or in a well-ventilated area.

 

 

Drill a hole into the bottle cap, and run a cord to hang up your light through it. Screw the cap onto the bottle top.

 

 

 

Battery operated tea lights work best with plastic bottles. Plastic bottles will melt and are dangerous  when used with candles or electric light bulbs. Always be safe, and use common sense with luminary type craft projects.

 

Roll out Duck Brand Removable Mounting Poster Putty, 2 oz., White (1436912) and attach it to the bottom of a battery operated tea light as in the picture above. Place the tea light upside down into the plastic bottle press down firmly.  ( Make sure to turn you tea light on) The tea lights are easily removed when you are finished.

 

 

 

The lights look pretty both in the day and at night. They add ambiance to your gathering, and help our planet at the same time.

 

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Paper Flower Tealight Party Decoration

Battery powered tea lights have been popular for a couple of years now. They are great party decorations because unlike regular candle tea lights, these are safe. This paper project decorates a tea light with a paper flower design made out of card stock and is easy and fast to make. This flower would look absolutely gorgeous on a buffet table or as a table decoration.

All you have to do is cut out flower parts and hot glue them onto the plastic led tea light. Just follow the directions below, and soon you will have cute and easy to make decorative party li

ghts.

1.Download the tea light flower project template here.

2.Cut out seven petals from light colored card stock.

3. Cut out flower center from yellow card stock.

 

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4. Curl the petals lengthwise (to make them look realistic)  toward the centers as in the photo above.

 

5. Curl the flower centers as in the photo above.

 

 

6. Attach the petals around the top of the tea light with hot glue. Glue the flower center in a circle on the top of the tea light.

7. Turn on the lights and admire your beautiful party light decorations!

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Recycled Paper Party Lantern

This is a moderate to advanced paper craft, but fun and thrifty to make. Just save your used soda cartons, and decorate with scrapbook paper and vellum. Follow the easy instructions, below, and soon you will have beautiful, cheap, party lanterns.

 

Instructions for square paper lantern craft:

 

 

 

  1.  Take a 12 pack soda carton and carefully pull it apart at the glued edges.
  2. Flatten the carton into a single cardboard layer.
  3. Cover the finger insert cut out on the printed side of the carton with tape. Masking tape works well for this step.
  4. Cover the finger insert cutout on the back side of the carton with tape.
  5. Measure 11 inches from the bottom fold of the cardboard, and cut using a ruler and X-Acto knife. The top of the package is now one smooth edge.
  6. On the panel that has the tape covering the finger insert, measure and mark .5 inch frame (follow step six picture example)
  7. Using X-Acto knife and ruler cut out the square from panel insert.
  8. Spray the front of the carton with adhesive spray, and attach paper of your choice.
  9. Turn the carton over and using X-Acto knife and ruler, cut from corner to corner in the form of an X.
  10. Turn the paper in the center and fold on edge. Trim the paper and glue down.
  11. Cut out the center insert using an X-Acto knife or your favorite die cut machine. Files for most die cut machines are available for download here.
  12. Cut a piece of vellum the size of the insert, and glue to the back of the insert.
  13. Glue the insert onto the paper carton, and fold the carton into a square shape.
  14. Insert a candle and enjoy your paper lantern!

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Star of Bethlehem Party Favor Box

Decorate your holiday table with this beautiful Star of Bethlehem paper craft favor box. Just follow the instructions below! These star boxes are relatively easy to make and look lovely when filled with foil wrapped candy.paper star favor box

 

 

 

Supplies:

  1. 12″x12″ piece of Cardstock.
  2. Glitter  wrapping paper ( I bought mine at Walmart, very inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors)
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Glue Stick
  5. Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Download template
  2. Cut out template onto cardstock ( Die cut files for most machines are included in the download, or you can use scissors)
  3. Cut a piece of wrapping paper big enough to cover the surface of one side of the cut template
  4. Spray one side of the template with adhesive glue and place the wrapping paper onto the template and smooth out with hand.
  5. Cut around the edges of the template with scissors.
  6. Fold the template at the score marks and then unfold.
  7. Cut another sheet of wrapping paper big enough to cover the back side of the template
  8. Spray the back side of the template with spray adhesive and smooth with hand.
  9. Cut the wrapping paper to the edge of the template with scissors.
  10. Fold the template at score lines.
  11. Use a glue stick to glue tabs to the inside of the star box.
  12. Fill the Star of Bethlehem favor box with foil wrapped candy, place on your holiday table and enjoy!

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Square Paper Lantern/Luminary Party Craft

Most paper lantern projects are round in shape, and I wanted to make something a little different. These are pretty with a hint of Japanese design.

The front panels were inspired by the font peony patterns a free dingbat font. This font is beautiful and includes many more designs that I am sure you will love and be able to use in many of your other projects.

 

These lanterns are easy to make if you use a die cut machine ( die cut files for lantern paper craft) but still can be done by hand using a ruler and X-Acto knife. Just take your time and cut carefully and you will have stunning results.

 

Supplies needed:

 

  • template files
  • card stock
  • poster board or cardboard (only if making a lantern that hangs)
  • tissue paper
  • wire or cord
  • glue

 

Instructions:

square party lantern instructions
1. Cut out three side panels from cardstock of choice

2. Cut out front panel using die cut machine, or by hand using a ruler and X-Acto knife.

3. Cut a square of tissue paper and glue behind the front panel cut outs.

4. Starting with the bottom edges of panels, glue the bottom edge of the bottom piece of the lantern.I used Zig 2 way glue with good results, but you can use the adhesive of your choice. Just make sure it the bond is firm if you are planning to hang the lanterns.

5. Glue the corner sides of the lantern together.

If you want to hang the lantern, you will have to cut another bottom and top piece out of cardboard and glue to the upper and lower pieces of card stock. Spray adhesive works well for this step. It is not necessary if you plan to use the luminary on a flat surface.

 

6. Glue the top of the lantern to the tops of the side panels as in the instruction drawing.

 

7. If you want to hang the lantern, punch two holes on each side of the lantern top and run a wire or cord through.

Hang your lanterns and enjoy the compliments coming your way!

 

Always use common sense when burning candles, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

 

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Tissue Paper Candle Craft

These paper napkin candles have got to be one of the easiest paper crafts ever. Some plain old white candles from Walmart were embellished with tissue paper, and the results are stunning. Remember the holidays will soon be here, and with it comes all of the gift giving. These decorated candles make great gifts and don’t cost very much. Just follow the easy directions below. It takes less than 10 minutes to create this project. Easy peasy!!!

Supplies needed:

  • Tissue paper  or paper napkins
  • Candle (white or light color is preferred)
  • Heat embossing tool, or hair dryer
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Pins

Instructions:

  1. Cut tissue paper into strips with the paper cutter.
  2. Attach tissue paper around the candle secure with a pin
  3. Wrap a piece of wax paper around the entire candle
  4. Heat with a hair dryer or embossing tool. When the wax paper gets a shiny look move to another spot on the candle. Continue until the whole candle surface has that wet shiny look.
  5. Remove wax paper and pins
  6. Your beautiful candle is now ready for use

The candle with swirls was made out of a paper napkin. Just pull apart the napkin layers and use the top piece where the design is printed. I wrapped the entire candle with a napkin and applied heat.The results were stunning. I couldn’t believe how good it looked with so little effort on my part.

You know what I am giving my friends and family for Christmas this year 🙂

A word of warning: Always use common sense when burning candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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Paper Butterfly Party Decor

 

Paper butterflies are very easy to make. Just copy the template onto 12 x 12 scrapbook paper, cut out, fold on folding lines, and decorate with some bling. Hang and enjoy!

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Wrapping Paper Gift Bag/Box

I was shopping at the grocery store the other day and saw some American Greeting Wrapping Paper that I loved. I thought it would make an adorable gift bag,  and I am pleased with the results

Paper crafts can be done with almost any kind of paper, as long as there is some imagination thrown in. Wrapping paper is kind of flimsy, so to add stability, use adhesive spray to attach the wrapping paper to a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock.

These gift bags are quick and easy to make and can be easily personalized to fit any occasion. Give your friends a gift that is special and made from your heart. They will love it.

 

Supplies:

  • Adhesive glue spray
  • American Greetings Wrapping Paper
  • Template
  • X Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Tacky Glue
  • Ribbon
  • 2.25 Scalloped circle cut from white card stock.
  • One gemstone
  • 1 3/4 inch circle punch
  • Bone Folder
  • Double sided mounting tape

Instructions:

  1. Download template
  2. Print template onto 12 x 12 sheet of card stock.
  3. Cut a 12 x 12 piece of wrapping paper and spray adhesive to glue wrapping paper onto card stock.
  4. Cut template with Xacto knife and ruler. Use a bone folder to score fold lines.
  5. Glue edges of the bag with tacky glue, and fold bag at fold lines.
  6. Wrap and glue ribbon onto the top of the bag as in the photo.
  7. Use double sided mounting tape to attach the scalloped circle to the bag.
  8. Punch 1 3/4 inch circle out of wrapping paper scraps.
  9. Use double sided mounting tape to attach the circle to scalloped circle.
  10. Glue gemstone to the middle of the circle.
  11. Cut two pieces of ribbon to form tails as in the picture.
  12. Use tape or glue to attach ribbons to the bottom side of the scalloped circle.

Give a gift to someone you care about, just because!

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Easy DIY Graduation Autograph Book

The season is coming up for graduation parties and open houses. For those of us that enjoyed being Moms, it is bittersweet. Although we are proud that our children are achieving these milestones in their lives, it also marks the time that they no longer will be us on a daily basis.

College is just around the corner, and the start of our children’s independent lives is a reality we Moms have to accept. Can I say empty nest syndrome?

Make your child an autograph book. All the guests at your kid’s party can write congratulatory wishes for the graduate, and pictures can be added later. Your child will be able to look back and enjoy the memories.

The autograph book is made from a Strathmore drawing pad. The pages are acid-free, so they will keep a long time, and won’t turn yellow. I made mine quiet and understated, but you don’t have to.

Decorate the art pad with your favorite scrapbooking embellishments, and make it as plain or fancy as you want. You could use your child’s school colors etc.

Supplies:

  • Strathmore drawing pad
  • Adhesive spray
  • cutting tools
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Scrapbooking embellishments of your choice

Instructions:

  1. 1.Gently pull the front and back covers out of the metal coil binding, making sure you don’t destroy it.
  2. Cover the back and front covers with scrapbook paper and embellishment of your choice. (I sprayed the front and back covers with spray adhesive, and then applied the scrapbook paper.)
  3. Cut out the holes using a Xacto knife.
  4. Put the covers back onto the metal binding.
  5. I attached a graduation tassel, to the coil binding, and applied foil numbers to the front cover. The tassel is made by Jolie. I found both of the products at Hobby Lobby, but I am sure they can be purchased at most craft supply stores.
  6. Now pull out that book at your party and have your guests write their sentiments!!!

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tissue paper pom

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Party Decor

Photo: Amy
Are you hosting a party for a bride or mother to be and looking for inexpensive yet stunning decorations for your party? Paper pom poms may be the solution for your problem Paper pom poms are incredibly easy fast and easy to make, requiring almost no artistic abilities, and look great when hung in groups.

I found that Walmart sells tissue paper the cheapest. They carry many beautiful colors and cost around $1.00 per package. One package of American Greeting tissue paper contains eight sheets, which is enough to make one pom.

Just follow the instructions below, and in no time you will have decorations that your guests will ooh and ahh over!

Supplies:

  • Tissue paper (8 sheets per pom)
  • Floral wire
  • fishing wire ( to hang pom)

Instructions:

  1. Stack 8 sheets of tissue paper and fold accordion style in 1.5-inch increments.
  2. Tie the pom in exact center using floral wire
  3. You may trim the edges using a rounded edge or a pointed edge.
  4. Carefully pull up the tissue paper one sheet at a time, and fluff into the shape of a round pom.
  5. Using fishing wire, tie one end of the wire to the pom, and tie the other end to hook or tape onto the ceiling.
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