DIY Mini Potted Paper Cactus

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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!

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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!)

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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

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

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!

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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 Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

Welcome to our first DIY Project! (This was first posted in July 2011 on our sister blog at Akula Kreative - hence the smaller photos.) DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

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Here we are going to show you how to make your very own nautical-themed BABY SHOWER INVITATION. (We just made them for a very special friend, so now we get to share the know-how with you!)

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Supplies (for 12 invitations):

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 red card stock
  • 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 white matte presentation paper
  • 3 sheets of 12 x 12 brown card stock (we used Bo Bunny Chocolate Stripe)
  • 6 pieces of 18 gauge floral cloth wire
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 roll of double-stick tape
  • 1 roll of red ribbon (we used Celebrate It ribbon from Michaels)
  • a 1.5″ scalloped circle paper punch (we used a Marvy Uchida)
  • a Xyron Create-a-Sticker (optional)
  • a hot glue gun
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pair of wire cutters (optional)
  • a paper trimmer (to make life easier)
  • a color printer
  • 1 white gel pen (we suggest a Uniball Signo – White Pigment Ink UM-153) OR Marcelle Script (if you plan on using the MS Word template)

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Instructions:

1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.)

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2. Print the sails and anchors on the 8.5 x 11 white presentation paper. Each sheet will provide 4 blue sails and 4 red anchors. Turn your paper over and print the blue dots on the back. We suggest printing photo-quality sheets to keep the color vibrant and the lines crisp.*

With your white gel pen, write the details of your baby shower or event.

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NEW! Download the Microsoft Word template and customize your text by clicking on each text box. If you want to use the same script as the example, download Marcelle Script for free HERE and install it before you open the Word doc. Please note that we are providing this file as a courtesy and will not offer technical assistance with software, printing, font installation, etc. Microsoft Word is not design software, but we realize that most people have it and know how to edit this type of file.

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Next, cut out each sail with scissors. Stay as close to the outer blue line as possible and be careful to leave a wide border around the anchors.

Using the scalloped circle punch, punch out the red anchors.

3. Cut appropriately-sized flags from the red sheet of card stock. (We didn’t give you a template for this one because we figured this one was pretty easy.)

4. Print the boat outlines on your 12 x 12 brown cardstock. Each sheet will provide 5 boats. Using a paper trimmer, make horizontal cuts to divide the sheet into 5 long strips. (Feel free to cut each out by hand, but this is a shortcut.) Then, fold each boat in half down the center of the strip. Keep the fold on the left-hand side. Trim the sides of the folded boat with scissors.

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5. Next, cut your floral wire. (Wire cutters make this easier, but you can use a good pair of scissors if you don’t have any.) Each piece of wire should be about 7.5″ long. The floral wire we used was long enough to get 2 “masts” out of each piece. While you’re at it, you can also cut your strips of ribbon. Each strip should be 6″ long.

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6. Now it’s time to glue your flag and sail to the floral wire. Before you do anything permanent, try lining everything up so you can get an idea of where you need to apply the glue. After your glue is HOT, apply a thin line at the top of the floral wire. Attach your red flag. Next, apply a second thin line of glue on the back of the sail, near the top. Do the same near the bottom of the sail. Place the paper sail on top of the wire and press down quickly to make sure it sticks!

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Optional: curl the top and bottom of the sail around the wire.

7. With your brown boat opened (so the side with the stripes is facing down), place the wire/sail/flag inside. Make sure everything is lined up properly. Keep the wire in place with 2 strips of double-stick tape. Add more tape around the edges of the boat.

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Close up the boat neatly so the edges line up.

8. There are several ways to stick the ribbon on, but our favorite method uses the Xyron Create-a-Sticker. (We used the 1.5″ mini version.) Hot glue and double-stick tape works, too. Using the Xyron, put two 6″ strips of ribbon through the machine. Peel and stick along the top edge of the boat. Trim the excess ribbon.

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9a. Apply one 0.5″ x 0.5″ foam square on the back of the punched-out anchor.

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9b. Stick it on the boat. Keep it straight-up or give it a tilt…whatever you prefer.

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And voila! A lovely, one-of-a-kind invite to wow your guests!

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DIY Nautical Baby Shower Invitation

MAILING:

We mailed these out this June using 5 x 7 photo mailers. (You can find these at Staples or any other office supply store.) Each mailer required $1.08 to mail within the U.S. (Double-check with your local post office before dropping them in a mailbox - chances are, postage rates have increased.) We also made custom wrap-around labels and business-card size inserts with the Guest of Honor’s registry info.

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We'd LOVE to see the invites you make. Send us pictures and we'll post them on our Facebook page!

DIY Nautical "It's a Boy" Hanging Sign

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This easy-to-make “It’s A Boy” sign makes a great addition to the DIY Sailboat/Nautical Baby Shower. Just download our templates, cut out the pieces, tape them together, and voila! A fun paper element to hang at your party!

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Supplies (for 1 sign):

  • 1 sheet of  8.5 x 11″ white card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ navy blue card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ brown card stock
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ baby blue card stock (we used a textured one that reminded us of water)
  • 5 safety pins
  • 1 long strip of coordinating ribbon
  • a pair of scissors
  • 1 pack of Therm-O-Web 3d foam squares (or any permanent foam tape)
  • 1 glue stick
  • a standard single hole punch

Instructions:

  1. First, download the templates by clicking on the links below. (These are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.) Letters Sails Boat Hulls Anchors
  2. Print the letters on your red card stock, the sails on your navy card stock, the hulls on your brown card stock, and the anchors on the baby blue card stock. (There are two extra anchors in case you want to use them for something else.)
  3. Carefully cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the baby blue anchors onto the sheet of white card stock. Cut them out again, leaving a border of white around the blue.
  5. Lay out all of your pieces so you know how they’ll line up and fit together.
  6. Apply the foam squares to the letters – be careful to plan this out so everything lines up properly.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of each assembled piece. Leave enough room at the top so it isn’t flimsy, but not TOO much since you’re going to have to hang it with a safety pin.
  8. Put a safety pin through each hole, attach to your ribbon, and you’re done!

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