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!

Materials:

  • 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!

Materials:

  • 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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5 Fun DIY Rock Painting Ideas!

Hi everyone! In this video tutorial, we’re going to talk about 5 fun ideas for rock painting! Rock painting such a great summertime activity, and I wanted to bring you these ideas while we’re still in the middle of Summer 🙂

5 rock painting ideas

 

If you are looking for rock painting ideas for beginners, you can make these easier by leaving out the shading – just paint a single color for the different areas and don’t worry about making it look more three dimensional. If you have painted rocks before, feel free to try the shading technique out!

Here are the ideas mentioned in the video:

  1. Flip flops or shoes
  2. Emojis
  3. Fruit
  4. Food
  5. Creating the illusion of butterflies or bugs sitting on the rock

For best results, you’ll want to wash the rocks and let them dry before painting them.

Materials Used:

  • Acrylic paint in whatever colors you’d like to use
  • Paint brushes of a variety of sizes, to paint small details and cover larger areas
  • Water
  • Paper towels to remove excess paint and water from the brush
  • Glaze or sealant to protect your design if the rock is going to be outside

 

What is your favorite thing to paint on rocks? My favorites were the food & fruit ones, I think it’s fun to try to make them look like real food!

 

For more ideas, check out my rock painting Pinterest board

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

 

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DIY Shibori Tie Dye Technique Tutorial

Hi everyone! In this video you’ll learn a fun and beautiful way to dye clothes, which is very popular lately: Shibori! It’s also a great project for Summer 🙂

If you haven’t heard of it before, Shibori is a Japanese fabric dyeing technique in which fabric is folded, twisted, pressed and more – which resists the dye and creates amazing patterns on the fabric! There are many different kinds, and in this video, we’ll cover a few of the diy Shibori techniques that can be used.

Don’t be intimidated to try this out – I’m new to this technique as well, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results you get! Traditional Shibori involves dyeing the fabric with Indigo, but to make things easier, I used this denim blue dye from Dylon. If you’re new to this, I would recommend using something other than Indigo as well – it can be more tricky to work with.

Materials:

  • Fabric or clothes to dye – SUPER IMPORTANT: unless you’re using a dye made for synthetics, use clothes that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower percentages should still work. I used a variety of different fabric percentages in this video. You can tell what was 100% cotton because it came out darker and more vibrant.
  • Fabric Dye – I used this one to try for a color similar to the traditional indigo blue.
  • Things to bind and fold the fabric – rubber bands, clothespins, a PVC pipe, twine, popsicle sticks, clips, pebbles, wood blocks, etc. depending on the design you want to create.
  • Bucket to dye the items in
  • Rubber Gloves – your hands will become colorful otherwise 🙂
  • Tablecloth – as with most fabric dyeing, this is messy and you’ll want to cover your workspace – if you can work outside that’s even better!

 

Here are each of the items from the video and how they turned out!

Trying out Shibori was really fun and I was pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out! If I could change one thing, I would have made the dye more concentrated to get a darker color.

If you try this out I’d love to hear how it went, and if you have any questions feel free to comment below 🙂

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Tie Shaped Paper Gift Box Tutorial for Father’s Day!

 

Hi everyone! In my latest video tutorial, we’re creating a tie shaped box out of paper! Fill it with candy or small gifts and it makes a great DIY Father’s Day gift, but it would also work for other occasions like birthdays, of course!

 

Materials:

  • Card stock or other heavy weight paper
  • Score tool or a pen that doesn’t write
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil (if tracing around patterns)

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Tie box pattern 1/2

Tie box_pattern 2/2

 

SVG cut file of this project available for purchase here on Etsy!

 

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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3D Paper Trophy Treat Holder for Father’s Day!

 

Hi everyone! In my latest tutorial, we’re kicking off the Father’s Day crafts with this 3D paper trophy! Although this trophy is made of paper, it’s pretty sturdy and just the right size to hold small gifts or candy, or would even work as a gift on its own. I designed this with Father’s Day in mind, but it would of course work for other occasions, or even as a party favor.

This isn’t the quickest project, but the most time consuming part of this is just cutting out all the pieces. The bottom part of the trophy will require some small folds and careful glueing, but it’s definitely do-able.

Materials:

  • Card stock or other heavy paper – this is a project that won’t work too well with thin, regular paper, especially if you will be putting candy or a gift inside – it won’t be strong enough. Gold colored card stock works best! You’ll need two colors of paper.
  • Scoring tool – you’ll need some sort of tool to score the fold lines. I use a Cricut scoring stylus, but an old pen that doesn’t write will work also.
  • Hot glue – you can try other adhesives if you don’t have hot glue, but I always find that it works best because it sets so fast and strong, which is necessary for this project.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler – to assist with scoring lines.

 

Click here to view & print the patterns (print these onto printer paper, cut them out, and trace around them or print them directly onto your card stock):

paper trophy pattern 1/3

paper trophy pattern 2/3

paper trophy pattern 3/3

 

SVG file of this project available for purchase here!

 

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

 

More Father’s Day crafts here

More paper gift boxes/treat holders here

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Paper Bow Tutorial: 5+ Bows with 1 Template!

Paper Bow Template and Tutorial

Hi everyone! Continuing on with the trend of paper projects, in my latest video tutorial we’re creating 5 different bows out of paper! These are all easy and quick to make, require limited supplies, and there’s a lot of different ways you could use them – attach them to a gift, a card or other paper craft.

There’s one very important thing to know before you make these: you must use thin paper, such as non-cardstock scrapbook paper. If the paper is too thick, it will crease as you create the curved areas of the bows and won’t look good. Also, you will need glue/adhesive that has a strong hold and sets fast. For this reason, I like to use hot glue. I tested Tacky glue on this, and it just didn’t hold fast enough.

Materials List:

  • Thin paper (such as thin scrapbook paper)
  • Glue (hot glue works great)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Click here to view & print the pattern:

Paper bow template

 

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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3D Paper Purse Tutorial for Mother’s Day

 

Hi everyone! In my latest video tutorial, I’m back with another 3D paper project! This time it’s a paper purse for Mother’s Day (but could also be a great gift for other occasions such as birthdays, or as a party favor for showers, etc).

Click the image below to watch:

 

 

These mini purses are really cute and are pretty simple and quick to make! They are the perfect size to hold small gifts, candy, or things like nail polish!

Materials:

  • Card stock paper (thicker paper works much better for this) – I used gold foil paper from Michaels for the buckles to make them more realistic
  • Hot glue or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Paper purse template 1/2

Paper purse template 2/2

 

SVG cut file now available for purchase here!

 

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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DIY Embroidered Paper For Mother’s Day!

 

Hi everyone! Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and in my latest video tutorial, we’re doing some paper embroidery to create a diy gift for your mom (or grandma)! Embroidery has been super popular lately and I’ve been loving it. This project is a great way for beginners to give it a try, and because it’s on paper, it puts a fun twist on the embroidery that you usually see!

 

 

Handmade gifts are great, and your mom will especially appreciate the time and effort it took you to make something just for her! This project isn’t difficult, but you’ll definitely want to set aside some time for it, as it isn’t a super quick project.

We’ll be using only two different stitches for this project – the super simple Straight Stitch/Running Stitch (this great video shows how to do it if you’re having trouble) and the Backstitch (shown here in this great video).

Materials:

  • Picture frame to fit an 8″ x 10″ image (mine was from Walmart)
  • Card stock (you definitely need to use thicker, heavier weight paper for this project or else it will tear. Choose a color that contrasts well with your embroidery floss)
  • Embroidery floss in your choice of colors (I used 4 colors – pink, purple, blue, green)
  • Carpet needle or other needle with an eye large enough for the embroidery floss
  • Piece of foam or other object that you can push a needle into
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer or ruler to trim down paper to 8″ x 10″ size

 

Click here to view & print the art template:

Embroidery Art

(It is been reversed so you will be able to print it on the back side of the paper and still have it look right on the front)

 

The biggest tip I can give you is to put plenty of space between the holes as you are punching them. Too close together, and you’ll find they tear easily as you pull the floss through. Also, some tearing will likely happen anyway, and that’s ok – just skip it and move on to the next hole.

 

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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3D Paper Tea Cup For Mother’s Day!

 

 

Hi everyone! I’ve been really loving three dimensional paper projects lately, and in this new tutorial, I’m back with another one – a paper tea cup for Mother’s day! (or any other occasion!) These are so cute and an especially fun gift for anyone who loves tea. In the video, I filled mine with tea packages but the tea cup could hold candy or small gifts also!

Click the image below to watch the video:

 

Materials:

  • Card stock (heavier weight paper should be used for this, it will make it much stronger)
  • Glue (I used a glue gun, but other adhesives such as Tacky glue or a glue stick should work)
  • Ribbon (works best if it’s 1/8″ width or thinner)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Paper Tea Cup 1/2

Paper Tea Cup 2/2

 

SVG cut file of this project now available for purchase here in my Etsy store!

 

Check out the rest of my paper crafts here and my Mother’s Day projects here!

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below 🙂

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