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2511 East 6th St, Bldg 4 Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.

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The Paper + Craft Pantry blog is home to our latest DIY projects, current inspiration sources, and small business advice. 

D.I.Y.: Holiday Place Cards + Gift Tags Printable

Pei Sim


 The Paper + Craft Pantry Holiday Printable Place Cards and Gift Tags.

We couldn’t pass up one more chance to share a little D.I.Y. fun with y’all this year!

The holiday season can feel very full and busy- so this printable is great for you busy bees needing an extra hand with adding a little holiday fun to your dinner table and gifts! All you need is access to a printer and a little bit of creativity to add a hand made touch to his holiday season!

Sending you all the merriest and happiest Christmas this year :)

D.I.Y. PLACE CARDS + GIFT TAGS

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 5 - 10 MINS

  • MATERIALS
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Access + use of a printer
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Our printout, ribbon, markers, and scissors.

Each printable comes formatted with four wreaths that you can turn into either gift tags or place cards! We chose to cut our tags out into squares so there would be room for the hole punch and cut closer around the wreath for our place cards.

Personalize each wreath with your friends and family’s names, et voila! You now have a special handmade touch to your holiday party and under your Christmas tree!

Scroll to the bottom of this post to print your own!

 The Paper + Craft Blog: The printout before and after being cut for use.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: After being cut out we lettered and are using them as place cards!
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Our decorated table with place cards.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: We also love using them as tags for gifts!
 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Holiday Wreath Gift Tags

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We’ve created printable holiday place cards + gift tags for you and yours to enjoy this Christmas season :)

We hope you have a lovely and magical holiday!


 The Paper + Craft Pantry Austin- Pinterest printable diy holiday gift tags + place cards

Round-up: Favorite New Stationery

Grace McKinney


 The Paper + Craft Pantry New Local Stationery Product Line 2018

It’s finally here!

Our very own in-house stationery line here at The Paper + Craft Pantry! From the day we opened up our doors, it’s been a dream of mine to be able to get back to designing and creating paper goods. Fast forward through the past few years of learning the ropes of running a physical shop, hosting hundreds of workshops and events (which honestly feels like it’s own separate job!) there have been a ton of reasons as well as excuses why I’ve put it off.

To be really honest and vulnerable with y’all, a huge part of it was fear. I get to stock our shop with SO many beautiful things from truly talented artists and designers and it felt intimidating getting back to creating because I definitely fell into the comparison trap…

I’d been dreaming up the products and designs for several months but finally decided to just go for it one day in October. I know, what you’re thinking, you whipped all of this up over night? Kinda. But really I think it flowed naturally since it had been something on my mind for literal years! It also helped a ton that before I started The Paper + Craft Pantry, I had my own small stationery line soI already had a lot of the resources and was able to navigate through design + production and packaging fairly seamlessly.

Let’s also take a moment to think about how October was truly a horrible time to start all of this (insert face palm here) It’s right before the holiday season, with two big weekends of the East Austin studio tour in November, the Thanksgiving break and holidays…. but then again, no one said opportunity and going for your goals happen when it’s convenient right?

We officially launched our entire new line to the world on November 24th at our Small Business Saturday Market. I’m in the process of slowly uploading all our goods to our online shop so everyone can get their hands on a little bit of this shop’s heart and soul.

I hope y’all love each piece as much as I do. I poured over so many design options to really create a collection that I felt really lent well to our aesthetic, day to day use and functionality with a whole lot of fun (and sprinkles of our favorite mint color :)

p.s. Now that we are in December and everyone is out shopping for gifts, I’d love to encourage y’all to shop small this holiday season. No matter where you are, no matter your budget, I know that I (in addition to other small business owners) would love if you’re able to find that special something with us.

Shopping small makes a huge difference, directly in YOUR community. In YOUR town. In YOUR city! If you ever need a recommendation for a local business, you know where to find us- we’re so happy to point you in the right direction!

Without further ado- I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things from our new collection below- let me know what you think?

 The Paper + Craft Pantry: Our sticker set, daily mini journal, and envelope enamel pin.

(From left to right) How cute are our stickers? You know how passionate I am about properly spelling stationery :) And also, there’s an actual paper person! I was so excited to partner with Jess, owner of Tiny Deer Studio, for our extra large enamel pin. Our little spiral may be my favorite thing because of it’s convenient size, but also, the inside pages are BOTH lined and graphed!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Our official small and large candle, plus essential oil mix.

(From left to right) We partnered with one of our favorite local candle makers to create a custom candle scent for the shop! I told Priscilla, with Herland Home, that I wanted a candle that smelled like writing a letter at a vintage secretary desk. And she delivered- because she’s magic! That little dropper bottle is filled with the scent we diffuse in our shop, it’s kind of become our signature scent that everyone swoons over when they come in our doors.

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The beautiful standard notebook, weekly calendar, and color block notepad.

(From left to right) Our color block note pad adds some colorful fun and features 100 pages! We created a monthly calendar notepad spread that will last you several years! It also features a section for notes and place for making lists! Our larger spiral features graph paper and will likely become your new best friend if you get your hands on one :)

 The Paper + Craft Pantry In-House Stationery Line Debut.

Check out more of our product line online!

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D.I.Y.: 5 Simple Holiday Ornaments

Grace McKinney


 The Paper + Craft Pantry: Austin’s D.I.Y. Blog- Holiday Ornament Craft

Whether you are ready for it or not, the holidays are officially here!

We’re in full swing holiday mode over here in the shop as we prepare to close out 2018 and we’re also already planning for the first quarter of 2019. We’ve got all of our holiday stationery and goodies out in the shop, holiday music streaming through our speakers, and just a few Christmas themed workshops left on our calendar.

The holidays can be a time of joy, wonder and happiness. But it can also mean a lot of hustle and bustle! We hope that our shop + studio can continue to be y’alls little slice of holiday time oasis :)

We also couldn’t pass up sharing a quick and simple D.I.Y. themed craft with y’all. This D.I.Y. takes less than 5 mins- which let’s be honest, anything longer is too long during the holiday season!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry BLOG: Threading new ribbon for our 5 clear ornaments.

EASY HOLIDAY D.I.Y. ORNAMENTS

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 5 MINS

  • MATERIALS
  • Clear plastic ornament
  • Ornament fillers (confetti, tinsel, mini trees, foiliage, holiday type)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: All of our supplies for the easy D.I.Y. ornaments.

Y’all, seriously, this is such a fun and easy way to decorate this holiday season. You can get super creative with personalizing the ornaments for your tree or as gifts. We just rounded up a few of our favorite things to add as fillers into clear ornament globes.

We added some holiday inspired type that we cut into strips to fill an ornament, stuffed extra holiday foliage clippings into another, added tinsel garland, confetti and mini holiday trees to the others!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Prepping and cutting the supplies needed to fill the ornaments.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Holding all of our finished ornaments.
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 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The finished product of our 5 simple D.I.Y. ornaments.
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D.I.Y.: Painted Pastel Pumpkins

Grace McKinney


 Paper Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Pastel Fall Pumpkins

Hey everyone, happy November!

We wanted to continue the Fall celebrations with this very simple Painted Pumpkin D.I.Y. These were such a quick and easy way to add some fun color to the studio and we’re certain it will do the same in your home!

Try out different color palettes that aren’t the “traditional” fall colors- have fun playing around with colors :) And I mean, you can never go wrong with a pink pumpkin :)

MINI PLANTER MAGNETS

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 30 MINS (for a few days to let the paint dry in between coats!)

  • MATERIALS
  • Pumpkins in various sizes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes

To start this easy D.I.Y. project, it’s all about deciding the amount and color palette of your pumpkins. We hosted a “Fall Festival Market” during this past October at the shop and wanted a bright and playful pastel rainbow ombre look in lieu of the more traditional and warmer autumn colors.

The finished product made for the perfect piece for our front door to welcome guests in to our event and now, these pumpkins have a home in front of our beloved card wall!

The only thing is you need to have patience. Because of the texture and slickness of the pumpkin it takes several layers of paint and time to let each one dry. And afterward it’s still incredibly easy to scratch off that paint so be careful when moving them and keep some extra paint on hand for little touch ups!

We learned after doing this D.I.Y that we would likely redo this but using faux pumpkins from the craft stores. That way, you can keep and enjoy them for many many years!

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Do you have an alternative fall color palette you are loving? Let us know in the comments below!

Round Up: Our Favorite Halloween D.I.Y. Party Projects

Grace McKinney


 Paper Craft Pantry blog round up of easy halloween party decoration ideas!

Call all your friends because we are going help you throw the best Halloween bash ever!

It’s time to use all your creativity and make some D.I.Y decor that will add that perfect personal touch to any event! Here are a few fun projects and pictures to help you get inspired.

We’ve done the research for you and rounded up some of our favorite halloween inspired D.I.Y.s just in time for some last minute party ideas!

SPIDER WEB TABLE CLOTH/PHOTO WALL

This is a perfect and super versatile project that can be used in many different ways to decorate! Although we may not love having an ACTUAL spider web in our house, we will let this one slide. (:

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Spider Web D.I.Y table cloth spread out on a table with other decor.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Spider Web D.I.Y. table cloth hung up and used as a table cloth.

Photo Credit: The House that Lars Built

GHOST PINATAS

BOO! How could you be scared by these adorable ghost pinatas?!? They make for the perfect decor piece and as traditional use - hitting them for candy!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Black and white D.I.Y. ghost pinatas hung up making for the perfect decor or for the traditional use.

Photo credit: Make and Tell

PUMPKIN BALLOON BACKDROP

Depending on how big of an event this is, you could go ALL OUT with this pumpkin balloon display that seriously makes for the perfect photo wall. It might look like an overwhelming task to create, but this tutorial shows that it’s easier to do then you might think!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Pumpkin ballon backdrop hung up on a large wall making for the perfect photo wall.

Photo credit: The House that Lars Built

SPIDER STICKS:

Anyone with a fear of spiders might not want to participate in this D.I.Y. but we think it makes for a super fun party prop! It’s super easy and quick to make while still looking amazing.

 The Paper Craft Pantry Blog: Spider D.I.Y. ballon being used on a stick as a party prop.

Photo credit: Oh Happy Day

PRINTABLE PARTY FAVOR POPPERS

Did you say printable? You know we’re all about those freebies! This project makes for a great (and delicious) thank you gift for your party guests. It also gives you an excuse to eat a few pieces of treats while you stuff them inside your popper (it’s okay..we wont tell).

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: D.I.Y Halloween party poppers make for the best gift and fun activity for any event.

Photo credit: Oh Happy Day

We hope you enjoyed this round up and that it helped you get ideas for any Halloween celebration you join!! And thanks to all of these amazing creators that constantly inspire with their creativity and talent. How will YOU be spending Halloween this year?

Round Up: Favorite Snail Mail To Send

Pei Sim


 The Paper + Craft Pantry: All of our favorite cards to send to friends set out to display.

It’s officially fall (even if it doesn’t feel like it in Austin!), and I feel like we’re on the cusp of ramping up into every business’s “busy” season of the year. For most businesses, especially retail, the last quarter (October-December) is the busiest time of the year in regards to sales + revenue. No pressure right?

I’ve learned a lot over the past several years of learning to embrace the slower days (even months) as they offset the times where things seem to be moving at such a fast and sometimes frantic pace. Of course I’m grateful for the holiday season for so many reasons, and am so honored that The Paper + Craft Pantry gets to play a small role in our communities celebrations throughout the year.

It’s during the busy times and seasons that I feel it’s extra important to slow down, or at least find time to slow down. The holiday season can be tough for some people, for so many reasons- I think it’s a great reminder to just be extra kind, show extra patience and give extra grace whenever you can. A great way to slow down is to just sit down and write- write to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, write to your grandma who you only see once a year, write a just because note to your significant other, write a short note to your postman (or woman!)… You really don’t need an excuse to show someone you thought of them, and that they are valued.

I read this article that shared the five reasons to write thank you notes and this one on the science behind thank you notes. And was immediately inspired to write a few little notes and cards to pop in the mail.

The selection of cards we have at The Paper + Craft Pantry is something that makes me so proud because I thoroughly enjoy seeing guests in our shop take their time to peruse what we have, to really find the “one”. Here are a few of our current favorites that are my current favorite snail mail to send, just because.

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Overview of all the cards and a few pens laying flat on the table.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: A 3D peach card, bright pink donut print, and the perfect coupling of a cookie and milk card.
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: 2 of our favorite dog cards.
 The Paper + Craft blog: A roundup of our favorite cards in Austin.
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Inspired to send more snail mail? Shop our online store now or pop into our new shop to pick out the perfect card :)