3D Paper Pie Slice Gift Boxes 🍂 Thanksgiving Crafts

Hi everyone! I’ve got a fun papercraft tutorial for you this week, these pie themed gift boxes! We’re making a pumpkin pie box, a “traditional” pie box, and a lattice pie box!

These would be fun gifts for your Thanksgiving dinner guests, or for just about any occasion during Christmas and the holiday season. They are easy and quick to make (the lattice one is a bit more tricky) and great for filling with candy, treats, or other small gifts.

Click the image below to watch the tutorial:



  • Card stock – you’ll want paper that has some weight to it for this.
  • Score tool (or an old pen that doesn’t write)
  • Ruler
  • Glue (I like using hot glue for this, but use whatever you prefer!)
  • Scissors


Here are the patterns:

You’ll need the main pie box pattern for all of the pie styles, in addition to the decoration pattern for whichever pie you want to make.

Pie box pattern


Pumpkin pie decorations

Traditional pie decorations

Lattice pie decorations


SVG files of this project available for purchase here in my Etsy shop for those with cutting machines 🙂


Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any questions!

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Spooky 3D Paper Haunted House Tutorial!

3D Paper Haunted House

3D Paper Haunted House

Hi everyone! This week, I’m bringing you one last Halloween tutorial before the holiday is here! In this video tutorial, we’re creating a spooky, fun haunted house out of paper! Put an LED tea light or two in it, and it makes a great decoration for both Halloween day and night!

This is a very fun project to make! Feel free to customize it with your own decorations. I think kids would have a great time decorating this also (although an adult should probably do the assembly first).



  • Card stock – you’ll definitely want to use heavier, stronger paper for this project
  • Vellum or tracing paper (if you want to add “glass” to the windows)
  • Glue – I used hot glue for the assembly of the house and Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to attach the vellum
  • X-Acto knife or other craft knife
  • Scoring tool (or an old pen that no longer writes)
  • Ruler
  • Thin wire to attach to the bats – I used 24 gauge
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint (if you want to add distressing to the house) – depending on the colors of the house, you’ll need white or black (or both, in my case)


Click here to view & print the patterns:

halloween house_1/2

halloween house 2/2

halloween house roof & chimney

halloween house door, shutters, bats


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Thanks for taking a look!

Let me know your thoughts, and if you make one I’d love to see it – instagram @essyjae

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Spooky Halloween Paper Lantern Tutorial!



Hi everyone! With Halloween quickly approaching, this week I wanted to bring you a super fun and spooky halloween papercraft tutorial – a paper lantern! To create this lantern, we’re using a paper cut technique, but don’t let that intimidate you if you are new to paper cutting – this design is neither difficult nor time consuming to create!

Click the image below to watch the tutorial:

These are the perfect diy decoration for a Halloween party or to light the way for trick or treaters! You could add a loop of ribbon to the top to create a handle, or to hang them from the ceiling.


  • Card stock – you’ll need paper that has some thickness to it, but not so much that it will be difficult to cut through.
  • Vellum, tracing paper or other thin paper for the “glass” of the lantern – it needs to be translucent, allowing light to shine through
  • X-Acto knife or other craft knife
  • Glue – I used hot glue to assemble the lantern, and this Tombow mono glue to attach the vellum/tracing paper
  • Scoring tool (or an old pen that doesn’t write) I use this one from EK Tools
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


Click here to view & print the patterns:

halloween lantern 1/2

halloween lantern 2/2


Have a cutting machine? SVG file for a similar lanterns available here in my Etsy shop!


Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

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DIY Paper Pumpkin Tutorial (Easy) + Free SVG File!

Hi everyone! Can you believe Halloween is already less than a month away? In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating these super simple paper pumpkins. This is a very easy project, great for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, and very kid friendly if don’t use hot glue!

Click the image below to watch the tutorial:


  • Paper – card stock works well, but thinner paper should also work. You’ll need 3 colors – one for the pumpkin, the stem, and the leaf.
  • Glue – I used hot glue, but other types of glue will likely work just fine.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Score tool (this is optional, but helpful – you can also use a pen that doesn’t write)

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Paper pumpkin pattern 1/1

Here is the free SVG file (right click to save it):

Let me know if you have any questions or feedback! Happy Halloween!

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3D Coffee Cup Paper Gift Box Tutorial!

Hi everyone! I have a really fun tutorial for you this week! Now that it’s October, pumpkin spice lattes and hot chocolates are everywhere. I’m always trying to think up fun gift box ideas, and I got thinking, why not create a coffee cup gift box design!

Click the image below to watch the tutorial:

I think these turned out so cute and fun! It’s one of my favorite gift boxes I’ve made so far! Put a Starbucks (or any other coffee place) gift card inside, and it makes the perfect gift for coffee lovers (or hot chocolate lovers)! This would also make a great gift for a teacher who loves coffee!



  • Card stock or other heavy paper in 3 colors (you’ll want to use heavy paper for this)
  • Hot glue (you can always try other types of glue, but you’ll need something with a very strong, quick hold)
  • Score tool (or an old pen that no longer writes)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


Click here to view & print the patterns:

Coffee cup pattern 1 of 3

Coffee cup pattern 2 of 3

Coffee cup pattern 3 of 3


SVG cut file coming soon!


As you are assembling the box, be sure to “stretch” the sides around the bottom of the cup as much as you can, everything needs to fit tightly together.


If you liked this project, I’d so appreciate it if you’d give it a share! Sharing enables me to continue making free content like this 🙂


Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Birthday Cake Easel Card Tutorial

Hi everyone! In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating a birthday cake easel card! If you are unfamiliar with easel cards, they are cards that fold up into a upright position (like an easel) and can fold flat and go into an envelope. This diy birthday card folds to have a birthday cake standing up, and then easily folds down to go into an envelope!

This is an easy and simple card to make, great for when you may be short on time or in a pinch to find someone a gift!


  • Card stock (you’ll need at least 4 colors)
  • Score tool (or a pen that no longer writes)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue (you’ll need something strong, I used this Tombow MONO glue which worked well – hot glue also works well!)


Click here to view & print the patterns (you’ll need all of them unless you want to create your own cake design. I’ve separated them out so you can easily print them on each color of paper):

Cake Easel Card_1/4

Cake Easel Card_2/4

Cake Easel Card_3/4

Cake Easel Card_4/4


Let me know if you have any questions 🙂


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DIY Paper Award Ribbon Rosettes! 🏆

Hi everyone! Can you believe September is already here? This is the time of year my family and I always go to the State Fair, and it’s always fun to participate in and look at all the competitions at the fair. Seeing all these award ribbons got me thinking – I hadn’t done a paper award ribbon/rosette tutorial yet! So that’s what we’re creating here in this week’s tutorial!

Click the image below to watch the video tutorial:

These paper awards are easy and quick to make, so you can make quite a few of them if you need to. These are really cute, and would work for so many different occasions like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day (make one that says World’s Best Dad/Mom!), school activities, contests, party favors and more. Best of all, they only use one 8.5″ x 11″ paper per ribbon!

Material List:

  • Card stock or construction paper (you’ll need one 8.5″ x 11″ per ribbon)
  • Score tool (or an old pen that no longer writes)
  • Hot glue (I highly recommend hot glue for this because you’ll need very strong adhesive)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat with grid in inches (this makes everything much easier, but you don’t have to have one – you’ll just need to measure everything out)


You’ll need to cut paper to the following sizes (and how many you’ll need of each):

  • 11″ x 2″ (2)
  • 4″ x 1.5″ (2)
  • 2.5″ diameter circles (2)

You can also add a loop of string or ribbon to the back of the award so you can easily hang it up!


SVG cut file coming soon on Etsy!


Let me know if you have any questions 🙂


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Mini Book Making Tutorial – DIY Mini Hardcover Book with Binding!

Hi everyone, hope your week has been great so far! In my new video tutorial, we’re creating these adorable tiny hardback books! I’ve been wanting to create some mini books, so I came up with this technique that I think works pretty well. This isn’t a super fast project (I plan to make a quick mini book tutorial in the future) but this does make one cute little book! There are so many ways these tiny books could be used – they’d be fun birthday gifts, teacher gifts, mini scrapbooks / mini photo albums and more! Mini book making is so fun 🙂

Click the image below to watch the step-by-step tutorial:


The best part is that these use materials that just about everyone should have at home, and they are a good way to recycle cardboard!

Materials List:

  • White printer paper (or you could try using higher quality paper, but it will likely make the book a little thicker) you’ll need two 8″ x 10″ sheets
  • Decorative paper for the cover – don’t use card stock, you’ll need paper that is thin (such as thin scrapbook paper)
  • Thin cardboard – I used cardboard packaging from a picture frame, but a cereal box should work also
  • Needle and white thread – you’ll want to use thread that has some strength to it and a needle that has a fairly small diameter
  • Strong tape that has a wide width- I used packing tape, but other types of tape should work as long as it is wide enough.
  • Hot glue or other type of strong adhesive that holds quickly
  • Knife or scissors that will cut the cardboard
  • Ribbon if you want to the book to stay closed, you’ll want a very thin width ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


If you have any questions, just let me know – and I’d love to hear what you think 🙂 Have you made mini books before?


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Paper Backpack Gift Box Tutorial 🍎 Teacher Gift Idea

Hi everyone! In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating a cute miniature paper backpack that doubles as a gift box/treat box! I think these would make such fun diy teacher gifts! Candy, jewelry or other small objects would fit perfectly in this box.

I don’t know about you, but I love anything miniature – and these mini backpacks are so so cute! You won’t want to fill these too full or you may have trouble getting the box closed, but these can hold quite a bit!


  • Card stock – it’s best to use heavier paper such as card stock for the box portion and buckles, and lighter weight paper, such as scrapbook paper or construction paper, for the top flap and accent pieces. I used four colors of paper total.
  • Score tool – I used this one from EK Tools, but you can even use a pen that no longer writes.
  • Glue or adhesive – I like to use hot glue because it has a quick, strong hold
  • X-Acto Knife or other craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


Click below for each of the paper backpack templates (you will need all of these to complete the box, and I’ve separated them out to print on different colors of paper):

Backpack Box

Backpack Accent Pieces

Backpack Straps

Backpack Buckles


SVG cut file of this project available here in my Etsy shop


Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

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DIY Ombre Dye Shirt With 2 Colors! (Paintbrush Method)

Hi everyone! In this video tutorial, I’m back with another fabric dyeing project, and its perfect for summer! A few years back I made my How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color) tutorial. Because its been one of my most popular tutorials on my channel (and I absolutely love anything ombre) I decided to make another ombre dye video, but this time we’re using a different technique and TWO colors!

Rather than dip dyeing the shirt, we’ll be using a paintbrush to create the ombre effect. I think this method is a bit easier and quicker than my dip dye one (although both methods have their pros and cons). This tutorial is specifically for creating an effect where two colors blend into each other. This paintbrush method also results in lighter, much more subtle/pastel colors.



You’ll want to choose two colors that are fairly close together on the color wheel – if they are opposite colors (such as red and green, or orange and blue, or yellow and purple) they will likely create a brown, muddy color where they blend together. I’m using aqua blue and tulip pink – this combination will create purple in the middle.

This is a project you’ll want to do outside, which is why it’s so great for Summer!


  • 2 colors of fabric dye, I’m using this aqua one and this pink one
  • Clothes or items that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower amounts should still work. If you use synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, the dye won’t take well at all. My shirt is from Kohl’s – it is called the crochet pocket shirt.
  • 2 containers, one to hold each color of dye. I also highly recommend having a container of water on hand. Make sure these won’t be used for food after doing this.
  • Paintbrush – a 3″ one designed for painting walls works well. I got mine from Dollar Tree.
  • Paper towels
  • Something like a cheap, plastic tablecloth to cover and protect your workspace
  • Plastic spoon or other to stir the dye with


Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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