Free Printable | Christmas Snail Mail Coloring Sheets

Santa's Snail Mail Bag | Alternative to Wrapping Paper | DIY Reusable Mini Gift Bag | Pretty Peas Paperie

Happy December! Is it just me or does your Christmas shopping list double once you have a kid? Our adults-only list has suddenly grown to include entire families, friends' babies, godchildren, and furbabies. I was trying to think of some fun stocking-stuffer-type trinkets to tie to gift cards, and came up with this idea as I was styling a photo for one of our Christmas stamps. (I'm 100% sure someone else has probably done this, but I made you a free printable to make it easier!)

Here it is :: a mini coloring kit!

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Supplies Needed:

There are so many fun things you can fit in these things—baby sunglasses, a whistle, candy, erasers, jewelry, gift cards—why not skip the paper wrapping altogether and gift your tiny items in a cute, reusable bag!

Pretty Peas Paperie Coupon

DIY Mini Potted Paper Cactus

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus | prettypeas.com

I don't know why I didn't make one of these sooner because it's AH-dorable! And, like all my other faux cacti and succulents, it's quite impossible to kill.

Wanna make one for yourself? Keep reading!

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:


How to Make a Mini Potted Paper Cactus:

1. Start by stamping your cactus pieces—I call them "petals"—on the thick white paper. 

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2. Next, cut them out. (If you want them to be double-sided, stamp the backs. Luckily, a clear stamp will make this easy!)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus | prettypeas.com

3. Now it's time to prep your "soil." Turn the wood pot upside down and trace around it on your piece of brown cardboard. Cut out the circle, but make it a little bit smaller than what you traced. Finally, cut a straight line in the center with your X-acto knife.

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4. Push the cardboard circle down into your pot, then stick one of the cactus pieces in. This is the base of your cactus!

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5. Cut narrow slits into your remaining cactus pieces. (Don't make them too wide or your pieces won't fit together.)

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6. Last step: arrange your cactus, then step back and admire your work. (If you make one, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging @prettypeaspaperie! I'd love to see what you make.)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus | prettypeas.com

Ideas + Inspiration | Cactus Cooler Party

This past weekend, we threw a cactus-taco-tequila-themed party as one last hurrah before Baby M arrives. As requested, I'm posting some of the decorative details to provide inspiration for your next fiesta! 


INVITATION

Don't get too excited...I did not hand watercolor each of them. I was lazy and used Paperless Post. :) I did draw a can of Cactus Cooler and customize a blank template with the graphic, though! (If you don't have a way to draw digitally, you could draw something similar and take a photo of it. Paperless Post has a lot of photo-ready templates you can use.)

Since I already had a Cactus Cooler vector handy, I made a clear stamp out of it to use throughout the party. Below, you can see a gold-embossed stamped image filled in with watercolor. Pretty coooool, eh?


DIY CACTUS BALLOONS

Full disclosure :: this was not my idea. I found it on Pinterest via Design Improvised.

Supplies Needed:

DIY Cactus Balloon Supplies | Pretty Peas Paperie

How to Make a Cactus Balloon:

  1. Fill your balloons with helium. You'll need 3-4 balloons per cactus. (I used 12" balloons and filled them with varying amounts of helium to get different sizes. If you want them to float with tassels, you'll need to use a giant "main" balloon. I ended up removing the tassels for the party so our balloons would stay afloat.)
  2. With a Sharpie, draw points (aka, upward-facing arrows) all over the balloons to make your cactus look prickly. (Be careful about smudging...even though it's a Sharpie, the ink needs time to dry.)
  3. Put a dab of glue on a pink pom-pom and stick it to the top of each balloon. (Luckily, these are easy to place because there's a dark spot marking the top.)
  4. Use a strip of double-stick tape to attach the smaller balloons to your main balloon that has a string. That's it!

What I love about these balloons is that you don't have to fill them with helium. You could simply blow them up and stick 'em in a pot and they'd be just as cute. I realized this the morning after the party.


PAPEL-PICADO-INSPIRED PARTY SIGNAGE

Since it was rainy on Saturday, I made a sign for the front door so people would leave their shoes on the mat. I bought 10 of these die-cut lace paper scrapbook sheets and used them for party signage throughout the house. For our "Please take off your shoes" sign, I cut out a smaller sheet of chalkboard paper and taped it to the die-cut sheet. It worked perfectly because I messed up a few times; using chalk pen saved me at least $4.00 in wasted paper!

Entry Sign (for leaving shoes at the door) | Pretty Peas Paperie

Cactus Cooler Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

CACTUS COOLER TEQUILA COCKTAIL

Every shindig needs a signature drink, so we chose the "Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail" by Sugar and Soul.

What we did differently:

We substituted the tangerine and lime juices with fresh cut limes and strawberries. Since kids were at the party (and I can't drink booze), we kept the alcohol separate so everyone could enjoy the juice and soda mixture from the dispenser.

How to Make a Cheap Styrofoam Cooler Even Cooler:

Stamp it with mini cacti using a Colorbox pigment ink stamp pad!

Original Recipe via Sugar and Soul:

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
     
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 part tangerine juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Fresh mint garnish
Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail | Soul and Sugar
Stamped Styrofoam Cooler | Pretty Peas Paperie

COOKIE TACO BAR

Here's another fab idea I found on Pinterest via Alana Jones-Mann :: a cookie taco bar! Bend sugar cookies into "tortillas," then fill them with brownie ("beef"), coconut ("lettuce" and "cheese"), and red M&Ms ("tomatoes"). My sample cookie didn't turn out quite as cute as Alana's, but guests had fun making them and they were really yummy.

A few things I learned:

  1. Bending the sugar cookies was harder than I thought it'd be. I baked them at 350º for 9 minutes and they were barely cooked through...so I put them in for another minute. I think the sweet spot is somewhere in between because they were soft, but the edges had begun to crisp. I recommend only baking 1-2 cookies to start to get your baking time and temperature right.
  2. The recipe calls for laying the cookies over a rolling pin to bend them. I found our rolling pins to be slightly too big, so if you have something cylindrical that's a bit smaller, that would be better. Also, with 3 rolling pins I was only able to bend a dozen cookies at once. Instead of waiting for everything to cool, I made the rest of the cookies flat and called them "tostadas." :)
  3. To keep your cookies from sticking to the rolling pin, you're supposed to use wax paper. We didn't have that on hand so I used foil - still worked!
  4. I accidentally bought unsweetened coconut for the lettuce and cheese. The food coloring didn't spread as evenly, but we ended up liking that there wasn't quite as much sugar added to the taco as a whole. The cookie, brownie, and frosting were sweet enough!
  5. I found the red M&Ms at Party City
"Taco Time" Chalkboard Sign | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT BAR

With two taco bars and a tequila bar, we needed one more...a succulent bar! We have a plentiful supply of succulents, thanks to some super healthy specimens from our wedding. (Our wedding, by the way, was almost 6 years ago, and we have 4-5 overflowing pots of succulents that have descended from the cuttings of my bouquet...isn't that crazy?!)

Here's what I laid out:

  1. Mini terra cotta pots (which were surprisingly cheap)
  2. Acrylic paint, water cups, paintbrushes, paper towels, and small paper plates (to be used as palettes)
  3. Small rocks (for the base of the pot - helps with overwatering)
  4. Soil for drought-tolerant plants
  5. Succulent clippings (pre-rinsed, cut, and trimmed)
  6. Crushed glass (found in the decorative plant section at Ikea)
  7. Take-home bags

To protect our table, I covered it with kraft butcher paper and wrote instructions on it in chalk pen. (To my surprise, people actually read everything very carefully.) If I had more time, I would have printed out small cards with plant care instructions, but ohhh well. It was so fun seeing what everyone painted...one guest left Andrew and I a pair of pots with our portraits on them. :)

Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie
How to Set Up a Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT CUPCAKES

I saved the best for last! After seeing this pin, I decided that succulent cupcakes were a must. Good thing I know a talented baker by the name of Jenna (owner of Sinfully Sweet Cake Design) who could make my piña colada and buttercream dreams come true! She did such a wonderful job and I highly recommend her to anyone in the Houston area looking for custom cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

Succulent Cupcakes by Sinfully Sweet Cake Design | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas for your next party! If you want even more, check out my "Tacos + Tequila" board HERE

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Llama" Card

Ok, I'm a little late on this one, but we still have 1.5 days until Mother's Day! Save a trip to the store and make this free printable card from the comfort and safety of your home. (And yes, you can tell her you "made" it.)


Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. (Yep, you get a BONUS card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.


Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama Llamas!

If you're interested in a STAMP of this design, you can now purchase it here on Etsy. Supplies are limited and it will probably sell out!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

Hello, February!

To celebrate the re-opening of our shop, I designed a new, limited-edition "Love Letters" stamp set with this DIY Valentine in mind. With three simple cuts, you can create a mailbox that really opens!


DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com
DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 sheet of card stock for your base (4.25" x 5.5" per card)
  • 1 sheet of paper for the mailbox
  • 1 sheet of paper (or label paper) for the letters
  • Scissors (an X-Acto knife is helpful, too)
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • The "Love Letters" stamp set and a stamp pad OR Printable PDF | "Love Letters" (click to download) and printer

Optional:

  • A2 envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Heart-shaped hole punch and scrap paper bits
  • White gel pen

As always, the printable above is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com
DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Instructions for Stamp Set:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25" x 5.5". (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Using a high quality stamp pad, stamp your mailbox onto one of your sheets of paper, then cut it out. Make 3 slits in the mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don't glue down the door!)
  4. Stamp your mini envelopes onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut them out. Since each envelope is different, you can use a unique color for each one if you have multiple stamp pads.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue 'em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Instructions for Printable:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25" x 5.5". (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Print the first page of the PDF—the one with the mailboxes—on a sheet of paper. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 8 mailboxes plus 1 jumbo (BONUS!) mailbox. Cut out as many as you need. Make 3 slits in each mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don't glue down the door!)
  4. Print the second page of the PDF—the one with the envelopes—onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut out as many as you wantNote :: Each 8.5" x 11" sheet fits 56 mini envelopes and 6 jumbo envelopes.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue 'em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon
Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon

Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I'm sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Donut worry...I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!


Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.


Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won't fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it's placed correctly, then stick it! (I don't recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I'm about to post a GIVEAWAY!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY CHAU

DIY Wood Slice Save the Date

I've been meaning to try this for quite some time now, but I finally got around to making some wood Save the Dates with our custom stamp. Here's a quick tutorial!


Supplies Needed:

I recommend mailing these in a padded bubble mailer. It will keep costs down but still protect the wood.


Instructions are pretty self-explanatory, but here are some tips:

  1. Wipe wood coaster with a damp cloth to clean the surface. Let dry.
  2. Blot stamp into ink pad several times until it is covered with ink, then stamp wood, applying even pressure. Let dry.
  3. I used acrylic paints to add some simple floral details around the edges. This is completely optional, but I like the effect!

PHOTO BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Luxe DIY Packaging using Rubber Stamps

Hello, crafters! Today I'm going to share with you a DIY packaging project using our new, vintage-inspired, custom rubber stamp. I just LOVE the simplicity of this one...it's a perfect example that luxury packaging can be achieved without a big budget!


Supplies Needed:


1. If you like the look of a deckled edge, start by carefully tearing your paper into 3.5" by 2" tags (the size of a standard U.S. business card). I did this by folding my paper, wetting the edges with water, then tearing. (This works best with thick cotton or watercolor paper.)

2. The type of ink you use is very important. Since this stamp has really small text, the VersaFine for Fine Details pad is perfect. It does a great job of keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not seeping/smearing/smudging. Blot your stamp into the pad until the design is covered with ink. Press gently and evenly onto the paper.

3. I bought this eyelet setter set on sale YEARS ago at Michaels. It comes with 4 setting tips, 3 punching tips, and a setting mat packed inside a small, easy-to-store box. Place your stamped tag on the setting mat. (A durable cutting mat works, too.)

Here's what the tip looks like. (I'm not sure what it's called, but it's the one that fits 1/8" eyelets. These eyelets are very small and will not work with anything thicker than twine. Feel free to use a bigger eyelet depending on your needs.)

After punching a hole on either side of the tag, insert the eyelet, turn the tag over, and punch down with the setter.

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

4. Tie your tag around the box and you're done! Isn't is pretty?!


Hope you enjoyed this little packaging tutorial! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks and stamp giveaways!

TAKE ME TO THE STAMP SHOP!

Stamped Calligraphy Ribbon + Merry Christmas!

Custom Calligraphy Ribbon using a Giant Rubber Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie Before we officially sign off for Christmas, I thought I'd leave you with my favorite stamping project this month :: Merry Christmas ribbon! It works beautifully on garland, trees, and even gifts. If you have some stamps and want to give it a try, here are some tips:

  • Cotton ribbon with a tight weave works best. (I found this ribbon at Michaels.)
  • I tried two types of ink: StazOn and Versafine. Both work, but the Versafine came out darker.
  • To make stamping easier, use a clear stamp so you can line up your design. (If you only have smaller stamps, try a pattern.)

I will re-open the stamp shop sometime in January or February with NEW, love-inspired designs. To sign up for free membership, click here.

Merry Christmas + THANK YOU for a wonderful year!

CALLIGRAPHY BY BETTY LING / PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY CHAU

How to Make an EASY, No-Carve, Mini Minion Pumpkin

Make an EASY, no-carve Minion pumpkin in just a few steps: paint the head (whole pumpkin), hair (stem), eye, and mouth, then glue elastic trim to the lid of a favor tin or jar. You'll save tons of time by choosing a small pumpkin and only decorating the head. :) We don't have kids yet, but I LOVE animated films. Every time we walk out of the theater I have to pretend that the sad scene didn't just almost make me cry. (Remember the "Married Life" montage in UP? Yeah...)

Anyway, if you don't feel like carving anything this year, delight your neighbors with some mini Minion pumpkin heads!

Supplies Needed:

  • A small pumpkin
  • Acrylic or craft paint in yellow, black, and white. Optional: brown (I didn't have brown paint, so I mixed black, white, gold, and red.) *If you want to speed up the process, get a small can of yellow spray paint.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black elastic trim (available in the ribbon or fabric aisle at craft stores)
  • A small favor tin, jar lid, pie plate, or cardboard and tin foil (see step 6)

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  1. Paint the entire pumpkin yellow. It took me about 5 coats to properly cover the orange, so if you don't have that kind of time, I recommend using spray paint or a super opaque yellow.
  2. Paint the stem black for the hair. (I've seen a lot of people use black pipe cleaner for hair, too.)
  3. Paint a white circle for the eye. (I traced around my favor tin to get the right size.)
  4. After the white is dry, paint the iris, then the pupil.
  5. Paint the mouth.
  6. To make the goggle, I used the lid of a favor tin I had stored in a box labeled Someday I will find a use for this stuff. If you don't have a favor tin lying around, you can use a jar lid (the kind that separates into two pieces). You can also cut a circle out of a pie plate or make a goggle out of cardboard and tin foil. Get creative! After measuring the circumference of your pumpkin, cut a piece of black elastic trim and glue the ends to your goggle. Slide the goggle around your minion head and you're done!

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Hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

DIY Giant Felt Tassel Garland

DIY Giant *Felt* Tassel Garland. Easy, inexpensive, durable, and reusable!

We have a huge space of blank wall above the family room TV, and it's always bugged me that it looks bare. Sooo...I bought a bunch of felt sheets and made giant tassels! Our room is much more festive now and I love it.

The photo instructions above should be pretty self-explanatory, but here are the details:

Supplies Needed:

  • 9" x 12" felt sheets (available at your local crafts store for around $0.30 each) / From tassel-to-tassel, my garland measures about 5 feet long and includes 22 tassels.
  • Scissors (super sharp sewing scissors work best)
  • Yarn, twine, or string / This garland is pretty heavy, so be sure to tie it to something strong and secure.

  1. With your felt sheet in a "landscape" orientation (long sides on the top and bottom), fold your felt sheet in half so that the fold is vertical. Make 12 vertical cuts about 0.5" apart from the bottom to 1" to 2" from the top. After cutting, your sheet should look like fringe. Don't worry about making perfect cuts - imperfections won't be very noticeable.
  2. Roll the sheet tightly, holding onto space you left along the top edge.
  3. Wrap a piece of yarn (12" to 15" long) a few times around the top, then tie in a double knot. Leave the ends long so you can use them to tie the tassel to the banner string.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have the desired number of tassels.
  5. Tie each tassel to the banner string with a double or triple knot.

What I love about this garland:

  • It's super easy to make. The pre-cut felt sheets save so much time!
  • Felt is much more durable than tissue paper, so not only is cutting easier, but this will last longer and be easy to re-use.
  • It's ok if it gets a little wet. I don't recommend leaving this in the rain, but if it gets splashed here and there it's not a problem.
  • The tassels can be removed and repositioned, allowing you to switch up designs.

Happy New Year!

5 Days of Pop-Up *Stamp* Shop Prep

MONDAY

Polar Express Letters to Santa Rubber Stamp | "Please deliver to Santa by December 25"

Hand-cancel your Letters to Santa with this Polar Express rubber stamp.

TUESDAY

Modern XO Gift Tag Stamp

Give your gifts some modern flair with this tag stamp suited for any occasion.

WEDNESDAY

Giant Floral Holiday Gift Tag Stamp

Fall in LOVE with gift wrapping this year by using this giant floral gift tag stamp.

THURSDAY

Calligraphy Thank You Stamp on Watercolor Stationery

Say THANK YOU for your gifts by making stationery with this Betty Ling Calligraphy stamp.

FRIDAY

Merry Christmas Calligraphy Stamp | Polka-Dot Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY watercolor gift tags look amazing with "Merry Christmas" written in calligraphy! Finish it off with some chalk pen polka-dots.

DIY Watercolored Cactus Paper Sculpture

Inspired by our new spineless prickly pear cactus, I decided to try to make a mini paper version for my desk. My watercolor work isn't the best, but overall it's pretty darn cute. The bonus :: it requires no sun and water!


Supplies Needed:

  • Printable PDF | Cactus and Pot Templates (click to download)
  • A printer
  • 1 Sheet of 8.5" x 11" watercolor paper
  • Watercolors, paintbrush, paper towel, and water cup
  • 2 Sheets of 8.5" x 11" card stock (you choose the colors/patterns)
  • Scissors
  • Foam tape (I used 10+ Scotch Foam Mounting Squares)
  • Craft glue
  • Double-stick tape
  • Scotch tape (optional)
  • Mini or full-size popsicle stick (optional)
  • A cup of rice

1. Download the PDFs. Print sheet 1 on watercolor paper. (You can also print it on cactus-colored card stock if you don't feel like painting.) Print sheets 2 and 3 on the pieces of card stock you picked out for the exterior and interior of the pot.


2. Watercolor your cactus pieces, then let the sheet dry. Cut everything out, then do a mock-up of the layered pieces. For example: on top of section D, place D-1, then D-2. Use the diagram up there on the right if it helps.


3. Tape the pieces to the main cactus using foam squares. The top pieces are pretty small, so you may have to trim the foam tape a bit.


4. For extra stability, glue a popsicle stick (or card stock remnant) to the bottom of the back of your cactus. Make sure the length of the stick that "pokes out" will fit inside the pot.


5. Time to make the pot! This may seem complicated, but it will make sense when you're doing it. Note: SOLID lines mean CUT and DOTTED lines mean FOLD. Cut out the main pot from sheet 2 (left image above), then cut the slits as indicated by the solid lines. Complete all of your folds until this piece looks like the right image above. Fold up the sides so you can clearly see the hexagonal bottom. Apply a small amount of craft glue in the triangular sections and connect all of the sides. On the inside of your pot, you should now have 6 "flaps" that need to get out of the way. Use tape or glue to flatten them against the side walls. (See image below.)

Next, cut out the pot "interior" from your other sheet of card stock. Fold up the walls so you have a hexagonal bottom. Now, place this piece INSIDE the main pot. (It might take some finagling to get it in there.) Secure the two pieces together with double-stick tape.

Yay! Now you have a paper pot.


6. Fill the pot with rice, beans, beads, pebbles, or anything else you have on hand...then add your cactus!


I did some watercolor touch up once everything was assembled, then bent some of the segments to give it dimension.

Place your new paper succulent on your desk or give one to a family member or co-worker. :)

DIY Stamped Wood Tags

Hand-Stamped Wood Tags How cute and classy is this wood tag stamped with love? It's the perfect accoutrement to gifts, favors, and yes! beverages.

Our next Pop-Up Shop will feature a variety of clear stamps (pre-made and custom) as well as some wonderful wood tags, labels, and cards cut to order by Keeper Goods. Check out our post on Akula Kreative for more info and inspiration!

Free Printable Seahawks and Broncos Cupcake Toppers

Free Printable | Super Bowl XLVIII Cupcake Toppers | PrettyPeas.com [pinit]

 

Looking for ways to impress your Super Bowl party guests? Try our Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos cupcake toppers! Just bake up your cakes (like Bakerella's burger cupcakes) and top them with mini "foam fingers" and flags.

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Supplies Needed:

Free Printable | Seattle Seahawks Cupcake Toppers | PrettyPeas.com

Free Printable | Denver Broncos Cupcake Toppers | PrettyPeas.com

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The directions are pretty self-explanatory, but you basically download, print, cut, glue/tape. To attach the "foam fingers" to the toothpicks, I just used a small strip of washi tape on the back.

As always, these are FREE for personal use only and may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

Good luck and may the best team WIN!

Free Printable | Super Bowl XLVIII Cupcake Toppers | PrettyPeas.com

DIY Dog (or Toddler) Tutu

Tutorial for an easy DIY Dog Tutu [pinit]

 

Halloween is right around the corner, so if you're looking for a cheap and easy DIY tutu, here it is! It's perfect for dogs (and kids) of any size. :)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1-4 spools of 6" wide tulle (find these near fabric and ribbon at your local craft store)
  • Velcro (we used the self adhesive strips, but you can also glue or sew these on)
  • Elastic (at least 1" wide for medium to large dogs, 1/2" wide for small dogs)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

1. Measure and cut the elastic that will go around your dog's waist. You can stretch it just a tad so it stays put, but leave extra room for the overlap where your adhesive Velcro strips will go.

2. For a medium or large dog, cut about forty 24" strips of tulle. For a small dog, start with about a dozen 12" strips. Adjust the length according to your needs, keeping in mind that you'll need a strip that is twice the desired skirt length. Our 60 lb. dog required 40 strips for her 18" waist; therefore, we used about 27 yards of tulle total.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

3. Fold each strip of tulle lengthwise and make an angled cut (like you're cutting ribbon). In the photo above, the folded edge is on the right and the open edges are on the left.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

4. Now it's time to tie the tulle to the waistband. Fold each strip in half, then pull the ends through the loop (see the coral ribbon in the photo). Repeat until your elastic is almost filled. Alternate colors, use one color, or make it random!

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Keep going...

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

5. When you get to the ends, attach your Velcro. (The adhesive strips we purchased didn't stick very well, so you may have to reinforce the Velcro with hot glue.)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

6. Last step: Break out the dog treats, try on the tutu, and take a photo. :)

In general, Nani is really patient about getting "dressed up," but this tutu didn't seem to bother her one bit. I think it's because it only goes around her waist and she can sit down and move about without a problem. Hats and such, on the other hand, will only stay on for a minute or so.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Tips for Styling a Space on a Budget

Tips for styling a room on a budget! [pinit]

 

Just sharing something fun today...

My husband and I just moved to Austin. After we unpacked, I looked around our living room and realized how bland and boring it was. In particular, this spot below the stairs was in need of some personality. So, I updated the room by keeping in mind the things that make stylized rooms on Pinterest look so amazing :: coordinated pops of color.

Mini Makeover on a Budget // How adding a few pops of color can change the personality of a room

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I'm nothing close to an interior designer, and this room can't really compete with some of the fanciness on Pinterest, but this room makes me HAPPY now, and that's all I care about.

Here are my personal tips for "styling" a room on a budget:

DETERMINE YOUR COLOR PALETTE. And stick with it.

For me, this would be brown, beige, white, light blue, and coral.

USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Books, vases, votives, framed art, etc.

You'd be shocked how much of a difference color coordinating your books can make. :)

MAKE WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE.

After collecting items, I figured out what I still needed: something floral, and paint. I went to the local craft store and bought 1 peony stem, 1 lamb's ear stem, a wood frame, an over-sized wood ampersand, 2 little bottles of acrylic paint (in blue and coral), and a pack of Command hanging strips. This cost me under $30.

Over the next 3 days, I painted the wood frame, ampersand, and two mini succulent pots. (I also painted a simple watercolor of balloons to tie in the colors one last time.)

Detail // peony inside glass lamp and glass bird votive

Detail // painted ampersand and watercolor

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These painted succulent pots are my favorite!

Detail // painted mini succulent pots

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Hope this inspires you to give it a try. :)