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Halloween Party Luminaries – Free Printable

I’m actually not throwing a Halloween party. Every year, I say I’m going to throw a party, then every year something keeps me from doing it. This year, a couple of friends of mine are actually having a party that promises to be way more epic than anything I could throw together. Maybe next year?

So I basically designed this project for my imaginary party. But hey, are you throwing a party? Because if you are, I’d be thrilled if you used this idea.

I’m not actually going to do a step by step tutorial for this project, since it’s kind of a no-brainer. (Does that count as a pun?)

Basically, all you need to do is cut along the dotted lines on the printable, and glue or tape each insert into a 3-3/4″ square hole in a standard paper lunch bag. Well, my bags measure 5-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ x 10-5/8″, so I’m assuming that that’s a standard size. Anyway, place each square hole 1-3/4″ from the bottom of the bag. You want the placement to be pretty low so you get a lot of flicker behind the insert.

I used calligraphy paper to print my inserts onto, but any light colored paper would work. I bet this would be really cool printed on vellum. If you try that, please let me know how it comes out.

The last step is to put a little sand or rocks in the bottom of each bag, and add a candle. I used battery operated candles so I didn’t have to worry about them burning my house down. Obviously, if you’re using real flame candles, you don’t want to close the top of each bag. And if you burn your house down, don’t blame me.

OK, so here’s the printable. I really hope you enjoy, and have an awesome Halloween!

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P.S. I’m sure you’ve figured this out, because you’re so smart, but you can use this printable for lots of things. Make the bags and use them as goodie bags, or paint the bags bright colors and use them to decorate a Dia de los Muertos altar. Use your imagination! Oh, and if you want to share this printable, please credit me. Thanks and Happy Halloween!

Special thanks to http://falln-brushes.deviantart.com for use of the amazing smoke brushes!

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Popsicle Party Invitation – Free Printable

I live deep down in the South, and it’s getting hot outside.  And every year, when the weather turns hot, I start making two things: Cocktails and Popsicles.  So this year, I decided to combine the two and throw a popsicles and booze party.

First things first:  Invitations.  Once I started designing the invitations for this party, I knew right away that I wanted to share them with you.

Popsicle Party Invitation

For this project, you’re going to need:

  • Popsicle Party Invitation Printable (see below)
  • Heavy Card Stock
  • Popsicle Sticks (mine were 4-1/2 inches long)
  • Adhesive (I found double stick tape worked better than glue, but it’s up to you)

1.  Print out printable onto card stock (using the link at the end of this post).  One printable is good for three invitations, so print as many as you need.  Cut out each popsicle (keeping the two pieces joined at the top).

2.  Fold each popsicle section in half where the two pieces join.  TIP:  It’s easier to snip out the little cut-out at the top of the cards after they’re folded.

3.  Adhere the stick to the inside of the FRONT of the card.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you put the stick on the inside of the back, you won’t have anywhere to write.  This picture may make it a little clearer:

And that’s it!  It’s a super-simple design, but one that has a lot of different uses.  If you aren’t having a popsicle party, why not use the printable for invitations to a kid’s birthday party, an ice cream social, or even a cookout.  Or use them as thank you cards or add them to hostess gifts.  However you use them, I hope these little cards will be good company all summer long!

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If you want to share this printable, please just make sure you credit me.  (And please don’t use it for any commercial uses without my permission — not like you would!)  Thanks so much and enjoy!

Make sure you stay tuned to see how the party goes.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be boozy popsicle recipes in the near future.

And as always, I would love to hear from you.  If you use this printable, let me know what you did with it!  You can leave a comment on this blog post, email me at info@papertuesday.com, or find me on facebook or twitter.

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Mini Bunting Card DIY

I was shopping at a local discount store a couple of days ago, and I found a Fiskars triangle-shaped craft punch for super cheap.  It was too good a deal to pass up, but it took me a while to figure out a project to use it for.  I ended up using a version of the technique I’m going to show you to make a birthday card for my niece’s first birthday.  I ironed out some kinks, and now I want to show you what I came up with.

You’ll Need:

  • Heavy Weight Card Stock (measuring around 8-1/2″ x 6″, for the card itself)
  • Light Weight Card Stock (for the bunting)
  • Triangle Craft Punch 
  • Twine (about 8 inches)
  • Glue Dots
  • Letter Stamps or Stickers
  • Scissors

First, cut out the bunting.  Fold some light weight card stock in a strip wide enough to measure twice the length of your triangle punch.  This is not exact science, just make sure you give yourself plenty of card stock to work with.

Now position your punch almost all the way up to the folded edge of card stock and punch all the way through.  You should end up with a diamond shape with a fold right in the middle, like this:

If you ended up with two triangles instead, you just need to punch a little further away from the folded edge.  No big deal.  Now punch out a bunch of these diamonds.  It doesn’t hurt to punch several more than you need, to be on the safe side.

Now stamp your message onto the bunting.  I would highly recommend using one stamp per flag.

When you’re all done stamping, fold each flag over the twine, and affix the two sides together with a glue dot.  If you place the dot at the bottom of the flag, you’ll be able to adjust the flags a little more.

Now fold the card directly in half vertically.  Punch a small hole at the top two corners, and string your bunting through the two holes.  Tie small knots on the outside of each end of twine.  Your final product should look like this:

Now you’re ready to add a greeting, put the card in an envelope, and stick it in the mail.

Some Notes About This Project:

  • Heavy card stock can be too much to punch through, so make sure you’re using light weight stuff (like they use for scrap-booking).
  • If you don’t have a craft punch, you can still totally make this project.  Just use some scissors and a ruler to cut out the triangles.

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