Category Archives: Cards and Paper Crafts

Cake Mix Gift Tutorial

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Trust me, there are a million cute cake mix gift ideas out there.  Comparatively, I think my version is plain, next time i make this, I will jazz it up a little!  I got caught in the trap of trying to match the box of cake mix- red, which is unnecessary since the cake mix doesn’t even show that much.  When I do this again, I’ll do whatever colors I want!  I got the sprinkles and cupcake holders at Joann’s with my coupon, the total cost for everything was about $5 including the cake mix since I had the ribbon and paper on hand.

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Here’s the back:

11And here’s the tutorial, good luck!

Here’s all the items you need: three pieces of 8.5×11 card stock, another half piece of another color (not pictured), two colors of ribbon, a cake mix, a three pack of sprinkles, clothes pin, cupcake holders, clear bag sandwich bag (not pictured) and glue gun.  I don’t have measurements, just based everything off the size of the box and sprinkle containers.

1Take two of the card stock pieces, cut to width of cake box and glue to each to the bottom and top:2Fold red strips to fit around the sprinkles:3Attach your last piece of card stock to the bottom of the cake mix and make a fold the same size as the sprinkle container:4Glue on paper for sprinkles, insert sprinkles into their holders:5Trim and fold card stock as pictured:6Glue to sprinkle paper and flap down (the flap is just for added strength):7Attach the ribbon.  Here’s the front…8 And here’s the back.9Glue on the clothes pin and add the cupcake liners to the back:11Decorate the front, all finished!IMG_2358

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How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

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castle page 2castle page 3

Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

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castle part A

Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

castle level B

castle part B

I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

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castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

castle level D

castle part D

I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

castle embellishments

Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

castle finished

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Paper CTR boxes

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“CTR” stands for “Choose the Right”.  At church, I teach seven year old boys and girls.  They get a ring that has the CTR symbol on them, reminding them to Choose the Right.  I made these little boxes to put the rings inside.

I got the template of this A-MAZING site that designs templates for any size box you want.  I just put in my dimensions and printed out how many I needed.  I made the white CTR logo on my Silhouette Craft Cutter.

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ctr 2This would also be a great, inexpensive way to package a gift for baptism.

Easy Gift Wrapping

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This year, my go-to neighbor gift is peppermint popcorn which is divine and easy to make.  I needed an equally as simple gift bag to put it in.  I ordered 4 inch doilies from Amazon, although any respectable craft store will have them.  I designed a little “Merry Christmas” tag and stapled it all on at once onto a brown lunch bag.  You could also use “To/From” tags instead.  I love easy.

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Wood Letters Decorated with Card Stock and Mod Podge

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Lately, I’ve been giving wooden letters as gifts to friends.  If using a coupon at a craft store, you can usually score a letter about a foot tall for $2.  I get a pretty card stock to match their house, and pull out the Mod Podge.

Here’s a letter “C”:

Quick tutorial:

Paint your letter whatever color you want, back and front, two coats.  Let dry completely.

Trace with a pencil around the letter on the back of the card stock.  Cut out along your line a little more than what you traced to give you a nice border:

Sorry, not pictured, but do a layer of Mod Podge on top of the letter and carefully lay card stock on top.  Its very important to press down completely and get out any air bubbles while the Mod Podge is still wet.  I turn the letter over to dry completely pressed against my counter.  You can seal the whole thing with another Mod Podge layer if you’d like.

Done!

Here’s another:

And here’s what I did for my kitchen.  I had a weird, long and skinny spot above a window that needed a little something.  These letters I cut out myself with a hand held jig saw.  To get the shape of the letter, I just found a font I liked on the computer and printed it off, cut it out, and used it as a pattern.

Forget Not Post It Note Gift

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This week I am getting ready for a Visiting Teaching Conference at church.  Our theme is “Forget Not the Importance of Visiting Teaching”.  I needed a cute hand out for under a dollar a piece.

I decided on post it holders:

This blog was where I got my inspiration (i.e. copied) to do the post it note hand out.  Her tutorial is great, but gives measurements for holding two post it note pads.  Since I had to make 150 of these things, I chose to save a little money and only do one pad.

In case you are wondering, the mini gel pens are from Staples and the cheapest post it notes I could find were the generic brand from Costco.

The card stock is from Joann’s (the lavender “pearl” pack) and the plastic packaging is also from Joann’s.

My tutorial:

 

Want to see how we decorated the Relief Scoiety room?  Forget me not flowers are small and weren’t in season, so we printed of these prints from Costco photo gallery ($3 each) and put them in frames we already had.