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Make it: Paper Crowns!

There always seems to be extra wrapping paper around during winter. Wondering what to do with it? How about you make yourself a crown! Or honor some king or queen in your life with a crown you’ve crafted just for them! These are easy and fun. Just download the template, print it on cardstock, gather your supplies, and you’re off! Cheers to your royal selves!


Template (download here)
Two brad fasteners  (only one pictured here)
Wrapping paper of your choice
Hole-puncher (not pictured)

Print the template and cut it out.

I left the extra paper at the top and bottom for a bigger crown. Feel free to adjust as your head sees fit! 🙂

Trace the template onto the back of the wrapping paper.

I had to do it twice to accommodate for my large noggin.

Here’s what it looks like finished. It’s not perfect, but that’s okay! Perfect is overrated.

Cut on the lines.

Cut out each triangle and save them for the top ball.

So it’ll look something like this.

Gather up those triangles and join them at the flat ends.

Like so. Keep holding that spot as you grab your hole-puncher.

Punch a hole in the middle of the flat ends and put the first brad fastener in with the end on the inside.

It’ll look something like this. Keep the end open – it will attach to the crown part!

Grab your hole puncher and punch a hole in each of the points.

Gather the punched holes together onto the second brad (with the end facing out this time), sliding one hole onto the brad at a time.

Close the brad on that top end and set the ball you just made aside.

Now on to the crown section! Fold the unfinished edge of the wrapping paper up (this will make a sturdier crown).

Tape along that entire edge (also contributes to the study factor).

Measure it for your head, and trim off the excess. Tape the bottom section together to form the circle that will go on your head.

Paper punch the middle of the flat side of each piece of the crown, just like you did with the pointed parts of the top ball.

Now pick up your ball top again. The bottom brad will attach to the crown! Slide each punched hole over the brad.

It’ll look like this from the top. Now it’s time to close the brad and finish up!

It’ll look like this from the bottom. Adjust the sections of the crown on the ball and the main part so it’s all arranged the way you like it, then make sure all the brads are nice and tight, and you’re done! Enjoy your crowns! Time for a tea party, perhaps!

Pumpkin Surprise Balls!

Once I heard of surprise balls, I knew I wanted to make one for Roxie! Plus, I thought pumpkins would be perfect for the Fall Inspire(d) – thus, Pumpkin Surprise Balls were born. You start with a bunch of tiny presents, and wrap and wrap them into a ball filled with fun! It would be a cute Halloween present, or table settings at Thanksgiving, or just because! Here’s the how-to:

Orange & green streamers
Small bit of pipe cleaner
Tiny presents
Paper (if adding a note)

1. Find the best present to create the base of the ball (we went with Flarp).

2. Start wrapping the orange streamers around it. Make sure it’s wrapped all the way around before you add in the next tiny present. Don’t rip the streamers – keep it in tact to make for more fun unwrapping!

3. Try to plan out the way you add in the tiny presents so the pumpkin shape begins to take form.

4. Keep adding presents…

5. …until you’ve got them all added to the pumpkin.

6. I happened to have this stamper that looked like it would make a great pumpkin stem! You don’t have to add this, though – you could make the stem with just a bit of pipe cleaner and green streamer.

7. Attach a bit of green streamer to the green pipe cleaner on one side. Trim it up to look like a pumpkin leaf.

8. I stuck the pipe cleaner into the stamper.

9. Then wrapped the stamper to be part of the pumpkin.

10. Continue to wrap the ball until it seems like the streamers are on tight and the pumpkin will hold together.

11. Then add a bit of glue to the end of the streamer and tuck it under the bottom.

12. Add a piece of tape to keep it all secure.

13. Wrap some green streamer around the stamper to look more like a stem.

14. Then glue the end and hold until it stays in place on the stem.

15. I added a note for Roxie (that’s supposed to look like a pumpkin leaf) and attached it to the second side of pipe cleaner, then wrapped the extra bit of green streamer to also look like a leaf. And it’s done! All that’s left is watching someone unwrap, and unwrap, and unwrap all the tiny surprises inside! I know Roxie had fun! Enjoy!

Make Paper Butterflies!

These little paper butterflies are super cute and super easy! Roxie had a blast putting this together with me (Aryn) one rainy day. You could make a bunch of them and hang them from strings to make a little mobile, or tack them up on a wall in a group, or just make one to brighten your desk. Whatever you decide, have fun crafting! Isn’t paper the best?!


• Pretty paper (we found slightly thicker paper – like printer paper – is better than origami paper for this, but the origami paper is nice because it’s already perfectly square!) We got our lovely paper from Cardboard Robot in Decorah! The patterned paper is wrapping paper, and the solid paper is origami paper.

• Scissors

• Glue (optional)

Cut your paper into a rough square (if it’s not already in squares)

Fold one corner up to form a triangle and trim the excess paper off the edges.

Open it up and fold the opposite corner up to form another triangle. Trim excess paper.

Open it up again, and turn it so you can see the X. Fold one side up into a rectangle.

Open it up and turn it 90 degrees, then fold up into a rectangle again.

Flip it so the point faces up. You’re going to be folding IN (inverting) these two corners I’m pointing to.

Invert the fold on one side, and the other.

So it looks like this!

Now keep that point on the left, and fold the bottom point up to make a smaller triangle.

It’ll look like this! Keep that point on the left, and round off the top point.

Open it back up one fold. It’ll look like this!

Take these two corners – just the front pieces, not the back – and fold them down into the center.

Like this!

Now grab that bottom tip and roll it backward.

Until just the tip is sticking out above the top.

Fold that tip down over the front. Make a strong crease. This is the butterfly’s head!

Then fold the whole thing in half, starting the crease at the butterfly’s head.

Give it a squeeze! This will help keep the folds all together. (It will open up back again after the squeeze – it’s almost done!)

If you want to give your butterfly antennae, grab a couple of those trimmed paper scraps.

Tuck them in next to the head (a little drop of glue or swipe of glue stick before you tuck it in wouldn’t hurt to help keep it in place), and trim to your desired length.

And you’re done! Isn’t it cute? Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!