Snowflake Favor Box

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This fun little box can be created with an electronic cutting machine or by hand. It’s perfect for stocking stuffers!

Materials

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Holiday print papers: blue, red
  • Transparency sheet
  • Metal snowman charm
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Trim: blue flat braid, red gingham ribbon
  • Small container of mints

Tools

  • Bosskut Gazelle Electronic Cutting Machine
  • The Cutting Café Christmas Tic Tac Box Template
  • Stampin’ Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: double-sided red liner tape, clear dots, liquid glue
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2”x3”

Snowflake Favor Box

1. Download box template at www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut box from red paper and lid from blue paper using cutting machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, print the pdf pattern and cut by hand using craft knife and cutting mat.

2. Back snowflake window with transparency before assembling. Score and fold box and lid pieces as indicated, securing edges with double-sided tape.

3. Drop entire mint container inside box. Place lid on box.

4. Print sentiment onto kraft cardstock, punch into tag, and ink edges white. Adhere to box over snowflake.

5. Adhere trim and ribbon to lid edges using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere rhinestones with liquid glue; let dry. Adhere snowman charm with clear dots.

Tip

  • Personalize kraft tag with name to create favor place card for your holiday party.

by Regina Easter (www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com)

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Pool Party Set

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Whether you have your own backyard oasis, or you’re hosting the fun at the local aquatic center, start planning your “cool in the pool” event with this colorful invitation and favor set.

 Materials

  • Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
  • Close To My Heart Surf’s Up Paper Packet
  • Close To My Heart Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
  • Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles
  • Close To My Heart My Creations Muslin Drawstring Bags (3-count)
  • Close To My Heart Trims: Burlap Ribbon, Natural Hemp, Paradise and Neutral Baker’s Twine Assortments

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting System and Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamp Sets: Adventure USA, Just Chillin’
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Blocks: 1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2”x3-1/2”, 3”x3”, 4”x5”
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks: Desert Sand, Ponderosa Pine, Sorbet Pads; Sorbet Re-inker
  • Close To My Heart Spray Pen
  • Sewing needle and beige thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, liquid glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Sizes

invitation, 3-7/8”x5”; favor bag, 4”x6”

Invitation

(Note: All Artiste shapes are cut NS or non-shift.)

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use Cricut machine and Artiste cartridge to cut 5” < t > + card (non-shift) twice from White Daisy cardstock. Cut second card in half; set aside one half for second invitation. Score and fold remaining card in half.

2. Mix small amount Sorbet re-inker with water in Spray Pen. Lightly mist cut cardstock panel; let dry.

3. Cut 1-1/2” < p > < o > < l > (non-shift) from gold B&T Duos paper. Cut 1-1/2” < o > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. These are background letters.

4. Cut 1-1/2” < p > from Sorbet cardstock. Cut 1-1/2” < o > < o > < l > from three different B&T Duos papers as shown. These are foreground letters.

5. Cut 1” < p > < a > < r > < t > < y > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. Remove letters and trim “negative space” into 3-7/8”x1-1/8” strip.

6. Use dauber to sponge all POOL letter edges and “party” strip edges Desert Sand.

7. Adhere background and foreground letters to misted panel as shown, offsetting letters slightly. Adhere “party” strip to misted panel 1/2″ from bottom edge.

8. Using beige thread, take two stitches at base of P and top of L to add interest; knot thread at back. Sew running stitch border along base of “party” strip; knot thread at back.

9. Sponge edges of two wooden birds with Desert Sand ink; let dry. Adhere to “O” using tiny amount liquid glue; let dry.

10. Cut 3-7/8”x3/8” Sorbet cardstock strip. Stamp series of Ponderosa Pine arrows as shown. Sponge strip edges Desert Sand. Adhere to misted panel over bottom edge of “party” strip; do not cover stitched border.

11. Adhere finished panel to card front.

Favor Bag

1. Using Sorbet ink pad, stamp Just Chillin’ sentiment onto bag, 1” from bottom edge. Stamp Ponderosa Pine tree image to left of sentiment. Let dry. Accent center of each treetop with Bitty Sparkles.

2. Cut 4-1/4”x3/4” strip from burlap ribbon. Using needle, weave six assorted baker’s twine lengths through ribbon as shown. Top row is White Daisy from Neutral Assortment; second and third row are Crème Brulee from Paradise Assortment, followed by one Sunset row, and two Lagoon rows. Trim twine ends. Adhere ribbon to base of bag using clear dots.

3. Fill bag and pull drawstrings closed.

4. Tie doubled twine around ribbon knot on each drawstring end; trim as needed.

Tip

  • Electronic cutting systems, like the Provo Craft Cricut, make it easy to create invitations. Set up machine to cut all required shapes, like the letters, at once, and then put invitations together assembly-line style.

by Close To My Heart (www.closetomyheart.com)

Baby Jar Animal Favors

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These baby elephants, giraffes, and monkeys are ready to help celebrate the arrival of your little one!

Materials

  • Baby food jars, three
  • Felt: 9”x12” sheets: yellow, blue, brown, tan
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Curling ribbon: 12” lengths, three each: blue, yellow, pink
  • Thread: black, white
  • Black seed beads, six
  • Assorted plastic baby trinkets
  • Candy

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • DecoArt Antique Lace No-Prep Metal Paint
  • Powdered blush
  • Chenille stems
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Gem-tac Permanent Adhesive, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, sponge, needle, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Favors

(Note: Materials listed are for set of three.)

1. Remove labels from baby food jars; wash and let dry. On covered work surface, sponge lids Antique Lace; set aside.

2. Cut out patterns and felt as indicated. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Machine or hand stitch coordinating pieces together with white thread, leaving small openings for stuffing. Stuff pieces; stitch openings closed. (Note: Stuff body pieces firmly in order for characters to stand upright.)

3. Use black thread to sew beads to faces for eyes and monkey’s nose. Apply blush to animals’ cheeks and monkey’s ears, hands, and feet.

4. Use glue gun to adhere the following: elephant’s ears to head and arms to body; giraffe’s neck to center back of arms. Use craft glue to adhere body and feet to jars. Wrap chenille stems around body pieces to hold in place while drying. Adhere spots to giraffe’s neck.

5. For each jar, tie center of three ribbon lengths together and curl ends. Tie trinkets to ribbon centers; adhere to jar lids. Fill jars with candy.

Baby Shower Games

Check out the list below for a few fun games to play at your next baby shower.

  • Measure the Mother-To-Be: Place spools of ribbon and scissors at tables. Ask guests to each cut a length that they think will fit perfectly around the mom-to-be’s belly. The closest length wins.
  • Diaper the Baby: Divide guests into pairs. Provide each pair with a baby doll, diaper, and doll clothing. The teams must diaper and dress the dolls using only one hand. The fastest dressers win.
  • Candy Count: Fill a plastic baby bottle with small candies. Have guests guess the number of candies in the bottle.
  • Stork Bingo: Photocopy and pass out blank bingo cards. Have guests fill in squares with items they think the mom-to-be will receive as gifts. As gifts are opened, guests mark items on cards until someone marks off a row (Bingo).
  • New Wardrobe: Place a onesie or baby shirt at each place setting, and fabric paints in center of table. Guests decorate a new “wardrobe” for baby. (Insert cardboard between layers of clothing to protect back sides while painting.)
  • Baby Name Race: Provide guests with paper and pen. See who can come up with the most names in one minute. Do girls’ names, then boys’ names.
  • Advice for the New Mom: Decorate a sheet of paper with a “baby theme” (footprints, duckies, etc.). Have guests write advice to the new mom. Place all sheets together in a nice scrapbook for her.

by Debbie Kolehmainen