Tag Archives: DIY

Party Packages are Here!

3 Mar

I’ve been working my little buns off on my “night off” for a while now.  Every Tuesday I get the night off to do something I want to do, which usually involves going to Starbucks with my laptop and working on new products for Cup of Tea.  It may only be 2 hours, but it’s 2 hours where I don’t have to think about trying to get my screaming baby to sleep, or entertain him, or feed him. It’s 2 hours where I can just be me and recharge with a nice hot chocolate.

So here is what I’ve been working on: party packages.  I saw some on Etsy and realized that’s something I needed to get into.  There is a great demand for cute matching decor for children’s birthday parties.  Parents want their child’s party to look nice, but also don’t want a lot of work and don’t want to spend a lot of money.  My party packages include everything you could want to make your party look fabulous, at a reasonable price.  They are easy to print at home and assemble with minimal supplies and zero experience or “craftyness”.  You can see my party packages in my Etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/cupofteaphotocards


DIY Letter Frames

17 Feb

I was looking for a gift for a friend and stumbled across these frames that had letters on the glass and fancy paper underneath and I thought perfect!  But of course, I could do that myself!  So off I went to IKEA to get some cheapo frames, and then I sat down and worked out my own version of letter frames.  This isn’t quite a tutorial, but I’ll tell you how I made them.

I first cut out some black letters out of cardstock on my Cricut.  Then I sprayed the front of the letters with some spray adhesive.  I adhered the glass (aka IKEA plastic)  to the letters and smoothed them out.  Next, I cut out some nice patterned paper to fit the back of the frame.  When it’s all put together it looks something like this.  I just wish I had chosen some other way to adhere the letters to the glass.  The spray adhesive I bought looked a little like silly string.

New Product: DIY Placecards

16 Jan

I said I had everything to meet your wedding stationary needs.  Well, almost everything.  I have added one more thing to my list.  I have created do-it-yourself place cards that co-ordinate with our wedding invitations.  When you order these place cards, you will receive a Word document with a place card template on it and your chosen design, enough for 120 guests.  If you need more, just let us know and we can create a few more pages at no extra cost.  Text boxes are in place and ready for you to type in your guests names.  All you need to do is type in the names and print the place cards on some neutral coloured cardstock.  Place cards can be added to your Wedding Package for $5 or purchased individually for $10.

New Tutorial: Photo Gift Box

21 Dec

It all started with a brilliant idea to create unique and personalized Christmas gifts for the special women in my life.  I bought some small 4×6 albums and scrounged up some pictures and spent hours making beautiful desktop photo calendars.  The reaction was fabulous.  Everyone loved them.  But the first thing out of their mouths was “do we get refills next year?”  DOH!  I’ve since learned my lesson and now make them digitally!  4 times less work that way!  Here is a sample of what this year’s calendars look like:

With my new personalized calendars finished and printed, I needed to create something to put them in.  Here’s how I created the perfect Photo Gift Boxes for my calendars.


12×12 patterned paper or cardstock (cardstock will be sturdier, but a thicker paper will work just fine)
paper trimmer with scoring blade
glue runner


Step 1: Trim down the 12 x 12 paper to 8 1/2″ x 12″

Step 2: Use the scoring blade to score all the folds.
With the long side parallel to the blade, score at 1/2″, 1″, 7 1/2″, 8″ and 8 1/2″.
With the short side parallel to the blade, score at 3″, 3 1/2″, 8″, and 8 1/2″.

Step 3: Use cutting blade to cut along the score lines as shown.
With the long side parallel to the blade, cut 1″ from either side down 3 1/2 inches from top, and 3″ from bottom.
Use scissors to cut a tab on the bottom at the 3 1/2″ mark.

Step 4:  Fold along all score lines and use glue runner to adhere bottom flap to the sides to form a box as shown.

Step 5: Create a “belt” by cutting down a strip of the 12 x 12 paper into 2 1/2″ and 1/2″ wide strips.  Use scoring blade to score the strips at 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″, 9 1/2″, 10″.  For a “looser” fit, try to score the paper at slightly larger than the specified size.

Step 6: Fold both strips along the score lines.  Glue the smaller strip to the larger strip, then glue the ends together to create the “belt” as shown.

Step 7: Fill with your favourite photos, or with your custom designed photo calendar from Cup of Tea Photo Cards!

Do It Your Self Projects Are Here!

26 Nov

I’ve started to make some Do It Yourself projects that you can print from your home printer.  They are easy to print and the instructions are right on the paper!  The gift card holders are very simple to make and involve just a little bit of cutting, some folding and a small amount of glue.

The folding cards are very easy as well and you can print two on one sheet of paper.  They also fit nicely into invitation sized envelopes.  I can transform any of the Ready Made Cards into folding cards.

The best part about it is the price.  $10 for each Do It Yourself Project and you will always have a gift card holder or folding card at the ready.  Stay tuned for Birthday themed gift card holders and many more Do It Yourself Projects to come!

PS.  Don’t forget to order your Christmas Photo Cards before Decemeber 1 to take advantage of the special pricing. Visit me at http://cupofteaphotocards.webs.com/.

Tutorial # 4: Paper Ornaments

15 Nov

Mastered glass ornaments yet?  Try paper ornaments.  Still pretty simple to make, but a little fussier to put together.  They look great in the end.


-Patterned paper
-Paper Trimmer
-Hole Punch (I used my Cropadile)

Step 1:  Cut 20 strips of paper 4 1/2″ x 1/2″.  This is approximate.  I used leftovers so they were almost 5 inches.  As long as it’s consistent, it should be fine.

Step 2:  Gather all the strips of paper into one pile and hole punch both ends.  I was able to get through all 20 sheets with my Cropadile, but you might need to split it into batches depending on your hole punch.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 12″ long.  Tie a knot in one end of your ribbon and thread the other end through all 20 strips of paper (make sure the knot is big enough so it won’t slip through the hole in the paper).  It’s easiest if you line all the strips up and use a needle to line all the holes up.  Then thread the ribbon through the hole in the other end of the paper.

Step 5:  After threading the ribbon through both sides of the paper, tie a knot approximately 2″ from the bottom (you could make it less and the ornament would be fatter, more and it would be thinner).  Tie a loop in the ribbon for hanging.

Step 6:  Fan out all the paper to fill in the sides of the ornament.  This is the fiddly part and they don’t always like to stay where you put them, but it’s not hard to fix.  Enjoy!  You can even mix it up by using two different patterned papers and alternating the designs.

Tutorial #3: Ornaments. Glitter without the mess!

15 Nov

Love the look of glittery ornaments but hate the mess they make every time you pull them out?  I made some easy hand-made glittery ornaments that took no time at all.  Only 3 easy steps!  Just learn from my mistake and have paper towel handy and put newspaper down before you begin.  The process of making them can be a bit messy!


-Glass Ball Ornaments (on sale NOW at Michael’s for $5!)
-2 Containers of some sort (use a cup, the square dish wasn’t so hot)

Step 1: Squirt some glue in your container and add a little water so it is runny enough to pour.  Mix thoroughly so there are no lumps (you might not want to use your kitchen spoon like I did, try a popsicle stick instead).

Step 2:  Take the cap off the ornament and pour some glue inside.  Swirl the glue around so the entire inside of the ornament is coated.  Poor out the excess back into the container.

Step 3:  Pour some glitter into the ornament and swirl around until the inside of the ornament is thoroughly covered in glitter.  Pour out the excess.  Do this over the second container so you can catch the glitter and put it back in the jar.  Voila!  You’re done!  See, told you it was easy!