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DIY Envelope Liners

Beautiful envelope liners seem to be cropping up everywhere at the moment and I can definitely see why. If you’re anything like me and love print and pattern, they provide the perfect opportunity to compliment your cards, letters or invitations. They are perfect for extra special party or wedding invitations. In fact, I received a beautiful wedding invitation last week which contained an envelope liner. It created a very large smile and just felt so much more interesting and personalised than using plain envelopes.

I’ve created a tutorial for you, which I hope will be very useful if you have any special mail to send within the coming months. It’s one of those tutorials which is very simple, yet extremely effective which is always a bonus for me.

You’ll Need:

An envelope in any shape or size

Paper of your choice

Ruler

Scissors

Glue or double sided selotape

Pencil

Eraser

Blue Tack

Method:

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Place your envelope on top of the paper you have chosen and draw around it using a pencil.

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Take your scissors and cut out your template. One finished with the scissors, use an eraser to remove any pencil marks. Slip the liner into the envelope to assess whether you are happy with the shape. You will notice that the liner is covering the adhesive part of the envelope, which we do not want. This is where the next stage comes in handy.

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Take the liner and position the top of it directly underneath the adhesive seal, ensuring it’s in line with all sides of the envelope. You’ll need to turn the envelope over, so you can use some blue tack at this stage to temporarily keep it in place. You’ll notice the excess paper at the bottom of the envelope. This needs to be trimmed off. Take your ruler, measure the excess and make yourself a straight cutting line. If you’re unsure about the measurement, just cut small amounts of paper off at a time and continue to place it into the envelope to check the size. Erase any pencil marks and remove the blue tack.

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Once you’ve trimmed the excess paper off from the bottom of the liner, place the liner into the envelope and position it. It should look like this. If you’re making a lot of envelope liners, then I would suggest making a template out of plain paper at this stage, which you can use for the rest.

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Keeping the liner secure, fold the envelope over as if you are sealing it (but don’t). You can use a ruler to score it at this point. Your liner should now have a sharp fold. Take your glue stick (or double sided selotape) and glue the envelope as shown above. Position the top of the envelope liner over the glue and it should all match up nicely. Rub your hands over the paper and fold the envelope over and back again just to make sure everything stays where it should.

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Voila! You have yourself a beautifully patterned envelope liner. Don’t feel like you have to use the same paper either, you can experiment with different pattern and colour combinations and go wild! You may have seen my earlier post on illustrated stationery? If so, these envelopes are made for this kind of thing. At present, I have a small range of illustrated cards and I’m really considering offering custom designed printed envelope liners as an extra option. How amazing would that be?

Do let me know if you decide to get creative and use my tutorial. I would love to know! Do you have any special mail that you’ll be sending within the coming months? If so, have fun and I hope you enjoyed reading.

A polite reminder: This tutorial is for personal use only and should not be reproduced or sold. ©Paper Doily Party Shop

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A peek into my workroom

I thought it would be really lovely to show you where all of the work happens for Paper Doily Party Shop. If you’ve happened to read my about section, you’ll know that Paper Doily Party Shop was born from my love and excitement for handmade party products and is my full time job. I’m very lucky to have a workroom to myself, completely dedicated to the business. I’ve tried to make it as inspiring as possible. I will admit that at times it’s a job in itself keeping it tidy, so I’ve tried to utilise the space to the best of my ability, by placing a lot of my items in pretty storage jars, useful shelves, storage trolleys and baskets. I hope you enjoy having a peek into this special little workroom of mine! craft-room1craftroom2 First of all, welcome to my inspiration board. I completed a Textile Design degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design several years ago, and absolutely loved having my own little inspiration board above my desk. This is something I’ve always continued to have since graduating, and something which I absolutely love adding to. Whenever I see a beautiful card, print, quote or anything else worth pinning up, (mostly from the rather amazing Flow Magazine) I grab one of my pretty pins and find a perfect spot for it. This was made from a large cork board from a stationery shop. I covered it in foam and fabric to make it prettier, and will eventually add ribbon to it to protect the fabric and change the look. craftroom5craftroom8 I recently purchased this beautifully vibrant sewing machine to expand my party decoration range. I’ve used it several times already and I absolutely love it! Not only is it perfect for small sewing projects, it adds a much needed splash of colour to the entire room and never fails to put a smile on my face! craftroom3craftroom10 Here is a close up of some of my trusty storage jars. The spotty colourful ones are from Tiger and are super handy for storing crochet bits, garlands, paper decorations etc. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have several unfinished craft projects on the go. These jars are great for storing these kind of projects, as unlike being stored away in a draw, they will be fully visible to your eye, longing to be finished! I’ve contemplated moving them to the kitchen, but they look far too good alongside my sewing machine to remove from my workroom. The rather large sweet jars pictured directly above, were actually purchased for our wedding dessert table last year. If you’ve browsed my etsy shop you’ll know how much I love wool felt, washi tape and twine. These jars are the perfect storage solution for all of these little bits! craftroom4craft-room-11craftroom6 All workrooms need cute little ornaments, candles and paper decorations right? Mine certainly does and I love glancing over at them whilst working. The peg board pictured behind them, is also super useful for storing general craft tools, particularly pastel coloured craft materials (obviously!) For any of you who aren’t aware, I run a local crochet group in Bath, UK, so I like to have somewhere pretty to store my crochet hooks. This Cath Kidston tin is the perfect solution! Notice a yellow theme? craftroom7 I really enjoy having plants and flowers in my workroom. I do have to try my hardest to water them, (and sometimes fail miserably) but feel it’s definitely worth it when they are this vibrant. The beautiful plant pots and tray are from the extremely friendly Sue from Yay Retro, one of my favourite vintage shops. 11123724_423192984528884_302785730_n Here is my favourite corner of the room. I adore my ikea trolley. After several months of deciding whether to take the plunge and buy one, I’m very glad I did. It’s very handy for storing my wedding stationery range, cards, wrapping paper, pretty bags and anything else handy. The other white storage unit is currently filled with yarn for a blanket I’m making. One day I hope to finish it, but right now I’m lost in a never ending sea of crochet squares! Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my workroom tour. I would love to know if I’ve inspired you, so do come and say hello if I have!

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Paper Heart Cupcake Toppers Tutorial

Cupcake toppers can be purchased pretty much anywhere now, but can sometimes become an unnecessary expense, particularly if you have a large number of cupcakes to decorate. Cupcake toppers can easily be made at home to suit any party theme, and only require a few relatively cheap materials. You’ll be pleased to know that you should be able to find most, if not all of these materials in your local supermarket and craft store. If you have any cake to hand, go and find yourself a beautiful plate, some pretty napkins and make yourself a tea. All of which are the perfect accompaniments to any craft project of course.

Materials: 

Decorative Paper/Wrapping Paper

Double Sided Selotape

Large Heart Paper Cutter

Small Cocktail Sticks

Paper Scissors

Method: 

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1. First of all, decide on how many cupcake toppers you require. For 12 cupcake toppers, you will require 24 paper hearts, to ensure the hearts are all double sided. Take your paper cutter and cut out all of your hearts, placing them in pairs. There is a very wide selection of paper cutters, available in most craft stores. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can definitely adjust the tutorial to your taste and theme.

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2. Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut 3 strips of double sided selotape for your first cupcake topper. The reverse side of 12 of your paper hearts will contain 3 strips of double sided selotape. There will be one long strip in the centre of the heart, which the cocktail stick will be placed on top of, and 2 smaller strips either side of that, to stick the paper hearts together. Repeat this process for half of your paper hearts.

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3. You should now have 24 paper hearts. The reverse side of 12 of them should contain double sided selotape and a cocktail stick, and the other 12 paper hearts should be plain. These plain paper hearts can now be placed on top of those with cocktail sticks, ensuring the pattern is visible on both sides of the cupcake topper. You should now have something beautiful which looks like this.

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When finished, they will definitely impress your guests and give any dessert table that extra special touch! Enjoy!

A polite reminder: This tutorial is for personal use only and should not be reproduced or sold. 

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Wool Felt Ball Garland Tutorial

I just love wool felt ball garlands and thought I would share a quick and easy tutorial with you. If you have a party coming up and you are feeling creative, then you must try making one. They do a wonderful job of transforming party spaces, particularly when used on or near dessert tables or hanging from feature walls.

Felt balls are relatively cheap and readily available online. A quick google search will provide you with plenty of choice, particularly in size and colour. For this tutorial, I used 14, 2cm x 2cm felt balls in a variety of vibrant colours.

If you’re feeling inspired, then go and grab your supplies along with a lovely mug of tea (and some biscuits), quick!

You’ll need:

A selection of Wool Felt Balls (Mine are 100% Wool Felt)

Yarn

Scissors

Tape Measure or Extra Long Ruler

Thick Sharp Needle

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Step 1:

Decide which felt balls you intend on using and choose your yarn. The yarn will be used to assemble the garland and will be visible, so choose a complimentary colour. Grab a tape measure and scissors and cut a piece of yarn to your desired garland length. Add approximately 10 centimetres to this length to allow for the hanging loops at each end of the garland. My yarn measured 127 centimetres. Take your needle, and thread the yarn through it like so:

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Step 2:

At this point, I position my felt balls in the order I would like them to appear on the garland. Take your first felt ball and carefully thread the needle through the centre of it. If your needle is big and sharp enough, it should easily thread through the felt balls, but may need a little tug! Continue threading each felt ball onto your garland, until each one is attached:

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Once all of your felt balls are threaded through the yarn, lay the garland out and position your felt balls exactly where you would like them. (If you’re anything like me, you’ll like to ensure that the felt balls are fairly evenly spaced at this point!) There should be an extra 5 centimetres of yarn at each end of the garland (or more if you’ve accounted for it) to enable you to make 2 equally sized hanging loops. Thread each of the yarn tail ends into the two end felt balls at either side of the garland. Cut the excess yarn, and voila, you have a loop. Your garland should now be looking similar to this:

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I adore the colour yellow. and you’ll see below that I used some beautiful yellow flowers as a cake centrepiece. The great thing about felt ball garlands, is that there are so many colour combinations to choose from. This means they can be made to perfectly suit your party decor. Enjoy, and please share the results if you decide to make a garland.

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Valentines Day Crafting

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I always become very excited about valentines day crafting and usually begin lots of love themed crafts around this time of year, sometimes before Christmas even! I thought I would share some of my favourite makes, some available at Paper Doily and some just for eye candy! All of the items pictured above are simple, enjoyable to make and very effective.

The wooden washi tape pegs are perfect for prettifying gifts, dessert tables or used around the house to hang favourite cards or photographs. Wooden pegs are so easy to find and it’s quite amazing how a simple piece of patterned tape can transform such a plain item! If you’re anything like me and have jars full of washi tapes, this is a great way to use your stash! I’ve also seen patterned fabric tape in a fair few craft shops, which is a lovely alternative.

I could imagine these pegs used on wedding favours/wedding dessert tables. I had several sweet jars on my dessert table at my own wedding in April of last year and I wish I had thought of this idea back then. They are the perfect addition to sweet bags if guests wish to take away sweet treats without getting covered in sugar.

The heart gift tags were also very enjoyable to make. I always seem to have lots of patterned wrapping paper left over from gift wrapping and I thought this was a really good way to use it up. I’m also a sucker for patterned paper packs and have so many floating around my craft room. The glitter paper is my favourite at the moment. I actually had hundreds of beautiful paper straws left over from my wedding and decided to use the glitter paper to add heart embellishments to them. As of yet, I haven’t started any valentines themed crochet projects, but this could be on the pipeline!

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I’ve been browsing the web for lots of crafting inspiration and wow, I certainly found it! I thought this would be a lovely way to end the post. If you’re anything like me and spend hours on pinterest, you’ll know how hard it was to choose such a small selection of favourites! Will you be doing any valentines day crafting this year and do you get as excited as I do?

The beautiful products in the above grid are courtesy of: LaLibeLula, A Field Journal, Annie’s Eats, Sisters Guild

Happy new year and happy crafting!

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Wool Felt Cake Toppers

I’ve really enjoyed browsing and making cake toppers since my wedding in April of this year. So much so, I’ve began making lots of them out of the most colourful and ever so soft wool felt, a new material I have recently discovered and absolutely love! These fluffy little shapes are so versatile and wonderful to work with. There are endless party crafts that they are perfect for, including garlands which I have made a fair amount of and will definitely be posting another tutorial on.

I have put together a very easy and hopefully helpful tutorial on the process behind making wool felt cake toppers. if you have a birthday party, wedding or any other special occasion coming up, these could be the perfect addition to your special bakes.

First of all, I ordered a few bags of wool felt balls and shapes from a company called Blooming Felt. I did a lot of browsing online prior to ordering and this company seemed the most reasonable. Everything arrived in good time and was packaged well, which is always a great bonus. This beautiful glass jar is the perfect storage solution and definitely brightens up my craft room shelf! The other good thing about this storage method is that I can see when supplies are running low!

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To construct the cake toppers, begin by choosing your favourite wool felt shapes. You will then need to take a small pair of sharp scissors. Embroidery scissors work best but if you don’t have those, then any sharp, reasonably large sewing needle will do the job.

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Pierce a small hole through the bottom of one of your wool felt shapes. The hole does not need to go through the entire shape at this stage, it just needs to be deep and large enough for you to place a thin skewer stick through it as below.

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You should be able to twist and turn the skewer stick most of the way through the wool felt shape until it has reached the top. It should not be visible at the top of the cake topper, so if you have pushed it all the way through, just pull it back out slightly. You can, if you wish add a very small amount of PVA glue into the hole with a small cocktail stick before pushing the skewer stick in. However, this hasn’t been necessary for me as I keep the hole fairly small to ensure it is sturdy.

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Once finished, have fun placing them on your special cake and await the lovely compliments, as they really do look something special. As you can see above, I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with different shapes, colours and materials. The beauty of the wool felt cake toppers are that they are very quick to make, so you can spend time baking and making other beautiful party products!

I would love to hear from you and see your photographs if you have made these! If you love what you see but would prefer a ready made cake topper, there are several cake toppers available to purchase from Paper Doily Parties as pictured above, alongside many other handmade party products.

Happy crafting!

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Decorative Wooden Pegs

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We’ve been very busy making lots of adorable pegs for our Etsy shop recently and we thought we would share! They are absolutely perfect for prettifying wedding favour bags or wrapped gifts. They would also look lovely in the home, perhaps hanging from a lovely piece of twine with your favourite photographs or artwork attached.

These pegs are just standard clothes pegs and are very easy to find in most hardware stores or supermarkets. I purchased a large pack of these from my local supermarket. I searched online for patterned washi tape and came across such an amazing selection, mainly on Etsy. The great thing about these pegs, is that you only need a very small amount of washi tape to cover them. This means that you will have lots of tape left for coordinating party crafts, should you be having a big DIY session.

I have decided to sell these in lovely packs of 10 here but if you decide to get creative yourself, then let me know. I would love to see!

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DIY Hand Stamped Heart Gift Tags

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I’ve recently opened the handmade part of my new business, which can be found on Etsy under the name of Paper Doily Parties. I have been very busy crafting lots of party products over the past few weeks, which has been so much fun! These beautiful gift tags are one of the most favourite things I have made so far. I imagine they would be absolutely perfect as wedding favour tags, or used to adorn a gifts for special people in your life. I can also imagine them looking stunning if used for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea party. The possibilities are endless, and the fact that they are handmade, makes them that extra bit special.

If you are feeling crafty yourself, why not have a try? For these particular tags I searched for some plain brown tags in my local craft store, which happened to come with a long length of beautiful twine, which I divided into 30 pieces. You will need a sharp pair of scissors to achieve a nice finish. I particularly loved the scalloped edges on these tags, but there are so any variations. I also purchased a beautiful heart shaped stamp from Jolyonates, as shown in the photograph above. This was of excellent quality and added the perfect finish to my tags. I bought some standard red ink alongside the tags and stamped away as soon as I arrived home!

I would advise you to work on a hard surface and put some newspaper down. I made the mistake of not using newspaper. My table is wipeclean but the process was a bit messier than I initially thought and I am still finding bits of red ink on the table a few weeks afterwards! The stamps can be cleaned in warm, soapy water and left to dry naturally. The tags took a few hours to dry fully. Once they had finished drying, I carefully fed the twine through the small holes… which needed punching through but I got there eventually. I have now developed a new love of hand stamping, so expect many more posts on this.

I imagine this would make an excellent supervised children’s task. If your child has a party coming up, why not have some stamping fun? You can always go back to basics and make your own stamps from an eraser or a baking potato!

If you love these so much, you can purchase them here otherwise, do let me see the result if you choose to make them yourself.

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Paper Doily Makes: Washi Tape Crafts

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This is Paper Doily’s very first craft tutorial so we decided to begin with something simple but oh so beautiful. We absolutely adore washi tape. There are countless designs available, which is super convenient if you have a specific party theme to work towards. Store bought cupcake flags can be quite dear if you need a large amount. It seems far more economical to buy the perfect roll of washi tape, along with some cocktail sticks and have a lovely old DIY session. The washi tape can be used for countless party crafts such as favour bags, gift tags, table decorations, invitations, gift wrapping and even beautiful little thank you cards after your party. You cannot always purchase matching items from shops, so a good DIY job gives you great flexibility.

The construction of the cupcake flags really couldn’t be simpler. Follow these four easy steps below and most importantly, have fun!

  • Use a ruler to measure 8 centimetres of washi tape. Cut the tape to size and place sticky side up. You can make these as small or as large as you desire, this is just a guide.
  • Take your cocktail stick and place it in the centre of the tape. I measured 4 centimetres before sticking the cocktail stick to the tape, to ensure all flags were an equal size, but it is fairly easy to judge by eye.
  • Fold the tape over, holding the cocktail stick at the same time to avoid movement.
  • Take a small pair of scissors and cut a small triangle to make your flags look adorable.

After we finished our cupcake flags, we decided to prettify some chevron drinking straws with some glittery hearts. You can stick your washi tape to paper or card and use a paper cutter to achieve your desired shape. We then used clear double sided selotape to attach the hearts to the straws.

The straws and the cupcake flags will add that extra special touch to any party table and are two easy party crafts you must try. If you follow our tutorial, do let us know how you get on and please send us your photographs, we love to hear from you. Happy crafting!

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Styling Inspiration: Whimsical First Birthday Party

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We absolutely love everything about this party styling courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess which has all been lovingly made by Jennifer, the hostess. The theme drew inspiration from windmills, birdcages and elephants. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The pinwheel cupcake toppers are a fabulous idea and so easy to make (with a little practice). The illustrations on display compliment the food, drinks and decorations so perfectly. Whimsical is definitely the best word to describe this party. We are hugely inspired as always and have an urge to make pinwheel cupcake toppers. Keep your eyes peeled as we are currently working on lots of beautiful party decorations (including toppers) which we cannot wait to share with you. Are you currently planning a party and feeling overwhelmed or in need of some crafting inspiration? If so, do get in touch and let us know if there are any craft tutorials which you would like to see.