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How-To Throw a D.I.Y. Summer Craft Party

Pei Sim

Paper Craft Pantry 2nd Annual Summer Craft Party Recap

In case you missed it, we hosted our 2nd annual craft party in June and had the best time with our Austin community! One of our favorite things about having a physical space in town is being able to host complimentary community events so everyone can be a part of what we are up to! 

This year, we spent the afternoon painting and working on a simple D.I.Y. for hanging plant shelfies. We were, once again, blown away, but the incredible creativity we saw! So, we wanted to give y'all a peek into how you can host your very own Summer Craft Party & get that much needed escape from the Texas heat. 

3 Steps to Hosting a Summer Craft Party

  1. Round up a group of your friends (even the ones that claim they aren't crafty :)
  2. Gather up the five simple materials you need for our D.I.Y. Plant Shelfie project
  3. Set a date and have fun!

We've included instructions, below, on how to create the simple and fun project we worked on at our Summer Craft Party! Feel free to print these and frame them at the craft table for your guests to reference. 



  • Pre-cut + Pre-drilled plywood boards (we made ours 3"x 5")
  • Painters Tape
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton string


  1. Have your guests plan out the design by taping off their desired pattern onto the plywood. This is also a great time to select the color palette for their plant shelfie. 

  2. Once the board is taped off, it's time for the fun part—painting! Pro-tip: Be sure to recommend thin coats of paint so that everyone's D.I.Y.s are dry and ready to take home at the end of the party.

  3. After the paint has dried, cut two equal pieces of cotton string (we made ours about 3' long) and fold them in half. Where the string folds, tie one single knot while still leaving room for a loop that can hang from a nail or hook in the wall. 

  4. Each of the four individual strings at the bottom can then be thread through the pre-drilled holes and knotted on the bottom of the board. Pro-tip: It helps to hang the shelfie from the top loop before tying the bottom knots, that way the board hangs evenly. 

  5. Adorn the new shelf with a cute succulent or plant, hang, and enjoy!