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Austin, TX 78702

Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.

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How-To: D.I.Y. Painted Planters

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry 2018 Summer Craft Party

Every year, we host a community craft event called the Summer Craft Party! We open up our studio for the day so everyone in our community can come by and enjoy a complimentary D.I.Y. craft project. 

Our first year, we hosted over 50 guests creating painted canvas pouches, and last year we had a really fun plant shelfie project

In keeping with the plant theme (because you know we love our plants :) we kept it fun + simple with painted mini planters! We had SO much fun getting to meet new guests in our shop as well as get to see so many familiar faces. We also decided to host a little plant adoption event like we did over Earth Day where a portion of all our plant "adoption" fees went towards a local non-profit chapter in town. 

Word on the street is that a lot of y'all were a little bummed to miss out on our Summer Craft Party this year so we whipped up some simple instructions so you can host your very own Summer Craft Party for your friends + family! 

Just grab a few supplies you probably already have lying around at home, invite your friends and family for an afternoon of crafting fun.

D.I.Y. PAINTED PLANTERS

PROJECT TIME: 20 MIN

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Summer Craft Party D.I.Y. Supplies
  • MATERIALS
  • Small terracotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Succulents

D.I.Y. STEPS

1. Choose your color palette! We suggest starting with a few colors that go well together. 

*Pro-tip: we used recyclable trays for easy clean up!

2. Use your paint brush and create your master piece on the terra cotta pots! Use light and thin paint layers when you paint, you can always add more paint as you go. 

3. Allow your pots to dry for at least 10-15 minutes.

4. Pick your new succulent friend and pot it in it's new home.

5. Find the perfect place to put your beautiful new pot + plant!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Succulent Painted Pots
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 The Paper + Craft Pantry Annual Community Craft Event
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Do-It-Yourself Succulent Painted Pots Craft Party
 The Paper + Craft Pantry blog D.I.Y. Succulents 

Plan on hosting your own Summer Craft Party with this year's D.I.Y.? Don't forget to tag us in your pictures @thepapercraftpantry so we can see how much fun you had :) 


The Paper + Craft Pantry Apprenticeship x Acton Academy, Austin TexasAbout the co-author:

Kate is currently a 6th grader at the Acton Academy in Austin. Kate completed a 2 month apprenticeship as a part of her school credit where she learned the ins and outs of small business ownership with The Paper + Craft Pantry. She also is the co-author and editor of this blog post. Kate is a fellow small business owner who owns a soap company called Ridiculously Clean

 

 

 

D.I.Y. Modern Fiber Home Decor

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Blog: Spring Modern Wall Hangings

It's finally Spring here in Austin and we've been enjoying some truly incredible weather! It has been nice enough that we've been leaving our front door open throughout the day and really cherishing the weather because we all know it only gets hotter from here on out. But until then, we're going to soak up every bit of Spring especially since a brand new coffee shop opened around the block, our new favorite spot for a quick lunch since our friends Bento Picnic opened up their store front and not one, but two food trucks set up shop just down the street! 

We don't know about you, but Springtime gets us in the mood for spring cleaning both at home and at the shop, we're loving this Spring Cleaning List to go through clutter. If you're needing some support with organizing, we love our friends over at Moxie Space. And if you just want to completely flip a room and elevate it in design, look no further than this Spruce Kit

Last but not least, to top off your cleaning, decorating and organizing spree, we've whipped up the simplest (yet cutest) way to add some D.I.Y. home decor to any space. With a few simple materials and in five easy steps, even you'll be amazed at how easy this project is! You can hang multiple on a wall or even use them as cute door hangers! 

MODERN FIBER HOME DECOR

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 30 MIN

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  • MATERIALS
  • Natural cotton cord
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

1. Cut your cotton cord to your desired length (we cut our pieces to about 3ft)

2. Unwind your embroidery thread and lay the starting end pointing down about an inch and start wrapping the cord tightly downward.

3. Thread a needle to the end of your thread and carefully thread the needle back up and through the underside layer of thread.

4. Tug gently on both ends to tighten (you've essentially created a gathering knot!) 

5. Repeat using other colors to create a color block pattern.

*For a simpler version, just use a fast drying tacky glue instead of creating a gathering knot!

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Love this D.I.Y. project? Stay tuned as we're dreaming up a way to turn this into a community craft for our annual Summer Craft Party! 


How-To: Hygge For Every Day

Pei Sim


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In case you missed it, we read The Little Book of Hygge back in November for our studio's book club. It was THAT good we are actually reading his second book The Little Book of Lykke for our first book club meeting of the year that's happening this month! 

For those of you who may not know what Hygge is,  we thought it was a funky name for a piece of Ikea furniture at first too! Hygge is pronounced "hoo-ga" and has been defined as "coziness of the soul", "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", and "cozy togetherness".

In a world that glorifies busyness, and where everything happens so fast, the idea of Hygge really struck a cord with us and we were intrigued with how we could apply some Hygge to not only our personal life, but to add some hygge for your business as well. We're sharing some of our best practices for incorporating this feeling of cozy into our every day both at home and at work. And we're also sharing a fun collaboration we worked on that is inspired by this whole idea of hygge below!

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3 Hygge tips for our home

  • Candles: 

The number one thing you need to create that feeling of hygge. Instead of saving that coveted candle you were gifted, indulge and light it (and enjoy)! 

  • Create a nook: 

Channel all things cozy, your favorite blanket, a mug of your favorite tea, that handmade bud vase from a local maker, this spot can become your refuge!

  • Treat yourself: 

We love that the Danes are so great at not letting an association of guilt accompany a little indulgence. Keep a bar of your favorite chocolate in your pantry and enjoy a piece when you want!

3 Hygge tips for our business

  • Candles:

Noticing a trend here? During the weekends and during workshops we keep a candle burning. A combination of fresh flowers, fresh candle and essential oil mist keeps our shop + studio smelling cozy and inviting! 

  • Slowing down:

We want guests in our shop to feel comfortable slowing down when they come in our door. Giving them the space and time to browse through our shelves while taking a moment for themselves! We encourage folks to take their time to find that perfect card, or to pick out that special gift their looking for. 

  • Business as a home:

We treat our brick and mortar like it's our home! When someone walks in the door, they're not a customer but rather a guest in our "home". We love genuinely connecting with our community that comes in and truly love that first timers always become regulars! 

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We're committed to adding a bit of hygge into our every day! If you are too, you're going to definitely want to pick up this book, and this one too. While you're at it, you're probably going to need this candle (or this one) and probably add to your sock collection! Our friend Denise with Love Ding also shares all about hygge on her blog here where you can find even more downloadable and has a very hygge inspired DIY we cannot wait to try! 

Want a daily reminder of hygge?

Check out our favorites from our collaboration with Love Ding for downloadable desktop and phone background pattern play inspired by all things cozy! 

HYGGE INSPIRED

DESKTOP DOWNLOADABLES

HYGGE INSPIRED

PHONE SCREENSAVER DOWNLOADABLES

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D.I.Y.: Simple Holiday Garland

Pei Sim


 The Paper + Craft Pantry Do-It-Yourself Blog: Holiday + Every Day Garlands

We love the holiday season because it gives us an excuse and reason to decorate! But it is a little bit sad having to stow away all your decorations after the holidays. It got us thinking that maybe, adding some D.I.Y. decor that transitions from the holidays to every day.

This simple garland, and we mean simple because it's done in just three steps and uses seasonal greenery that can easily be picked up from any grocery store. We picked a variety of eucalyptus and boxwoods that not only bring the outside in, but smells incredible too! Get creative with your garland, no one said they had to just go over the fire place. You can dress up your favorite shelfie, drape it over your entry way mirror, or simply lay it over your entertainment console to instantly add some holiday flair. 

p.s. The one we created for this D.I.Y. has dried up beautifully and we love knowing we can leave it up even after the 25th! 

  • MATERIALS
  • Greenery (silver dollar eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, boxwoods)
  • Garden scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Optional: Small bucket with water

1. Gather up all your supplies and snip your branches of greenery into 6"-8" stems.

Pro-tip: Soak your trimmed stems in water so they can hydrate.

2. Pick a variety of your greenery (about 5 stems) and bundle them using a strip of floral wire.

3. Once you've created your bundles, join your bundles together using more floral wire until you have about 5ft of garland! 

Pro-tip: Mist your garland every couple of days to keep it hydrated while live. Your live garland should stay fresh for about 3-4 days. 

 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Do-It-Yourself Christmas Greenery Garland
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 The Paper + Craft Pantry Austin Blog: Christmas Garlands Craft Project
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Simple Winter Holiday Decor
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 The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Holiday Do-It-Yourself Garland Craft

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D.I.Y.: Handmade Geode Rock Soaps

Pei Sim


 The prettiest D.I.Y. faux geode amethyst soaps!

Y'all, can you believe we are just days away from our official two year anniversary? It's kind of crazy to think how quickly time has flown by! It's truly such an honor to have become a staple in the Austin community (and the interweb community too!) 

The Paper + Craft Pantry has really become the go-to place for all things paper and stationery in town. And with the launch of our online shop earlier this year, we now have hundreds of items on our virtual shelves. It's been so fun sending out online orders all over the United States! 

We've also grown an incredibly loyal following for all of our workshops and events. To date, we've hosted thousands in the hundreds of classes and community events that line our studio calendar. 

Instead of just celebrating over one day, we've decided to do something fun for our entire birthday week! Wanna find out what we have up our sleeves? We're sharing our birthday week plans at the bottom of this really fun D.I.Y. ! 

As we head full speed towards the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we think it is more crucial than ever to find time to yourself, and extra important to find time to craft and create! This simple and really great D.I.Y. makes a wonderful gift, and will add some fun to your guest bathroom for all those holiday guests! 

HANDMADE GEODE ROCK SOAPS

D.I.Y. PROJECT TIME: 1HR

  • MATERIALS
  • Clear glycerin soap (2lb package)
  • Organic lavender essential oil
  • Liquid soap coloring
  • Microwave safe bowl or measuring cup
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Disposable plastic cups
  • Disposable plastic spoon
  • Knife
  • Ice + water (for ice bath)

1. Cut up soap pieces and place in your microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Melt slowly and in intervals in the microwave

2. Stir well using your plastic spoon and add in essential oil of your choice. Then add in soap coloring. For faux amethyst, we used purple coloring and added 6-8 drops into melted soap. Stir well.

3. Pour into disposable plastic up. Set in an ice bath to cure for about 10-15 minutes. 

4. While the first layer is curing and hardening, cut up more soap pieces and melt in the microwave.

5. Now add in 4-6 drops of purple coloring to get a slightly lighter shade of purple. Stir well.

6. Retrieve your cup that's in the ice bath. Be sure it's firm before pouring in the second layer.

7. Set in an ice bath to cure for about 10-15 minutes. 

8. While the second layer is curing and hardening, cut up another batch of soap pieces and melt in the microwave. 

9. Add in 2-4 drops of purple coloring to get a very light shade of purple. Stir well.

10. Retrieve your cup that's in the ice bath. Be sure it's firm before pouring in the third and final layer.

11. Once all three layers are hard, carefully cut the plastic cup off. Using a clean knife, cut in abstract/geometric angles to create the look of a geode! 

12. Repeat steps to make all the soaps!

 The Paper + Craft Pantry D.I.Y. Handmade Soap Blog
 The Paper + Craft Pantry Austin Texas DIY Blog: Geode Soaps
 The Paper + Craft Pantry DIY Blog: Amethyst Lavender Soaps
 The Paper + Craft Pantry DIY Craft Handmade Soap Blog

THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY

BIRTHDAY WEEK CELEBRATION

Thank you all, so very much, for supporting The Paper + Craft Pantry through the years. As a celebration for our birthday week, we'll be giving away goody bags stuffed full of greeting cards, paper goodies, and fun gifts for all purchases made in our East Austin shop as well as online from November 13th- November 19th. 


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D.I.Y.: Abstract + Modern Dessert Display

Pei Sim


 Paper Craft Pantry DIY Abstract and Modern Painted Dessert Display

There's so much to love about summer! We've been spending our off days cooling off here in our new pool float, and we've also been working our way through our list of best fries in town!

Summer is also the season of hosting backyard barbecues and dinner parties. And if you plan on having friends over soon, take your hostess skills up a a few notches with this custom, one-of-a-kind D.I.Y. serving ware. From brunch to an afternoon tea, appetizers to desserts, this D.I.Y. display will steal the show at your next get together. And it only cost us about $20! 

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D.I.Y. ABSTRACT + MODERN DESSERT DISPLAY PROJECT DURATION: 30 MINS

*This painting technique works on any clean glass surface

1. Flip your glass serving dish upside down and wipe clean. (We deconstructed a plain glass + metal dessert tier from IKEA)

2. Start by layering on paint! We chose to do simple + minimal brush strokes in different weights to create an abstract feel. Let dry. 

3. Layer on a final coat of paint (or two) to create the background color of your plate! 

4. Let dry completely before popping it into the oven at about 250 degrees for 20 mins to set the paint. 

Optional: We added a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint to the formerly silver hardware of our glass + metal dessert tier. 

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We want to see how you D.I.Y. your next get together! Be sure to tag us @thepapercraftpantry so we can see your D.I.Y. dessert displays!

You may have seen
this D.I.Y. on
KXAN's Studio 512! 

We sat down with Amanda Tatom in The Paper + Craft Pantry studio to show off these D.I.Y. Abstract Dessert plates, and demonstrate how to make your very own! Check out the full video here!