Father’s Day Wrapping Paper DIY


Although Father’s Day has come and gone I thought I’d share the wrapping paper the boys and I made for Tom. While you can of course create your own roll of amazing wrapping paper from Spoonflower, some times you just need a small sheet or two and you’d like to have it right away.
On school mornings when we had extra time B and I would make silly little drawings on post-it notes, and I try to save them all. One morning I drew a silly drawing of Tom and then B did one too. His has Tom wearing his brown sweatshirt pull over with the little hood drawstrings. I was looking at the drawings again before Father’s Day and thought they would be great turned into wrapping paper. I asked Kurt to draw his own version of Tom and then I used a light box to trace the post-it note drawings (so they wouldn’t have the striped lines and yellow paper) After scanning them in and coloring them in photoshop I added some common words for Dad, and then sent it over to Staples. I had them print it on their 11×14 paper and it was about $1 a sheet. If you don’t have a program like photoshop you could use a light box or window to trace the drawings all over a large piece of paper. Then color them or have the kids color them in. Then you could save the original and have color copies made for the paper.
It’s a fun way to customize wrapping paper & have your kid’s draw photos of the people the gift is for. It would be kind of fun to do it every year to see how the kid’s drawings change.
We cut out some the extra paper to make little gift tags for the top, but you could also use some on a card, or cut them out and save them in your scrapbook.

Animal Crossing Birthday Invites

animal crossing invites : mypapercrane.com
March is approaching and that means it’s almost time to celebrate B’s 11th birthday! He got a 3DS and Animal Crossing New Leaf for Christmas (which has been so much fun because now we can play together!) One night recently he said “I think I want to have an Animal Crossing themed party, we could design outfits and print out the little QR codes to include in the goodie bags” Yep, super exciting! So we have been having lots of fun planning out all the details.
For the invites we decided on bell bags. These are the little sacks of money you have in the game, we included some chocolate coins (bells) and then the invite which is printed on a leaf (card stock) also from the game. I even found an Animal Crossing font to use for all the info.
If you’d like to make your own, I have some easy instructions below!
You’ll need:
Invite & Star Pdf
-Jute or Burlap Bags, I got mine at Hobby Lobby $3.99 for a 3-pack. You can purchase larger quantities online like 4×6 pack of 50 if you plan on having a big party!
red cord
inkjet printable iron on transfers for the stars
-needle with a large eye for threading the string through bags
Chocolate Gold Coins

First cut the existing string off of the bag, and remove. Bell bags in animal crossing have red string. Next follow the instructions on your iron on transfers to print your stars. Cut out and position on the bag and iron in place. Since the bags are woven I found it helped after ironing while the transfer was still warm (not hot) to gently press into the bag with my finger. You might want to wear a glove or use a potholder to help press down.

Now thread your needle with a length of string about 8-10 inches long. Weave the needle in and out going around the entire bag and bringing both ends out on the same side. Tie these in a knot. Now do the same thing with another length of string only make sure the ends come out on the opposite side. This way when you pull both string knots the bag will close smoothly.

Print out your invites, tuck them into the bags with a few chocolate bells and your ready to mail them out! We will be shipping ours out in small padded envelopes this weekend.
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