DIY: Make Gift Bags from Envelopes

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I have a friend who always packages up every gift beautifully. It’s her thing and she does it well. She has a scrapbook kit club and every kit she packages and ships out is beautifully wrapped. Presentation is everything! Through the years of knowing Jeana, she has inspired me to take a little more time with packaging. Putting that extra time into the outside of the gift, can make what is inside even sweeter. And, I mean, who doesn’t love opening pretty packages?

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I have a really easy tutorial for your today showing you how to make gift bags from envelopes. Can you believe each bag took less than 10 minutes? You can use any size envelope and embellishments you already have. Head over to the Craftsy blog for a full tutorial and some close-up photos of each back with written instruction.5 envelopes to gift bags

Apple Library Card

I am so excited to be teaching at the All Things Silhouette Conference in Georgia this November. It is already sold out, but I have a feeling they’ll be doing another one. Terri Johnson is the mastermind behind it all and I have loved getting to know her over the past few months as we have discussed my class and other fun happenings for the conference. She is an expert in using fabric with your Silhouette to create amazing sewn pieces. She even has an embroidering class available on Craftsy. She’s big time! apple gift bag diy

Today I am on her blog sharing a quick tutorial for making these apple library cards that are great for giving to a teacher, or as a special note for your littles ones on their first day of school, or when they may need a little pick-me-up. Head over to Terri’s blog and get all the details.
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Back to School Boxes and Gift Cards

Back to School Boxes

I love Back to School season. All the stores are filled with crayons, markers, pencils, binders and more. Don’t you just love walking through those isles of brand new school supplies? I have created some boxes and gift cards to celebrate this fun time and all those little kiddos and teachers getting back into the classroom. You can fill the boxes with treats, school supplies and more. These would be great for teacher gifts or a special way to let your child know you’re cheering them on.

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Click on the images below to download the cut files.

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Each box has the same basic structure and are all assembled in a similar way. Here is a simple tutorial to help you create your boxes.

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut your pieces out of cardstock using your Silhouette.

Step 2: Fold your box along the scored lines to make creases for the edges. Glue the side tabs to the front and back of the box.

apple boxStep 3: Your box should look like the image in the bottom-left corner. The sides of the box are at a 90 degree angle from the the bottom of the box.

Step 4. Glue on embellishment pieces to complete.

Gift Card Envelopes

These envelopes are a fun way give gift cards. What a great gift for teachers, or your teens and kids going to college. They are simple to make and only take a few minutes. You can also use them gift tags or cards. Write a note on the insert and slip it in the envelope.
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Click on the images below to download the cut files.

Again, each envelope has the same basic structure and are all assembled in a similar way. Here is a simple tutorial to help you create your gift card envelopes.

Supplies Needed:

  • School gift card envelope die cuts
  • Cardstock
  • Liquid Glue

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut your pieces out of cardstock using your Silhouette.

Step 2: Fold your envelope along the scored lines to make creases for the edges. Glue the side tabs to the back of the envelope.

Step 3: Glue on the embellishments for the envelope. (bottle label)

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Step 4: Glue on the pieces for the insert card. (glue bottle)

Step 5: Write a message on the insert card and slide it in the envelope.

Step 6: Tuck a gift card or cash in the back of the envelope.

Enjoy making your boxes and gift card envelopes to celebrate the start of a new school year. Wouldn’t these also be great for an art birthday party?

 

3D Apple Gift Box Tutorial

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Summer is ending very shortly if it hasn’t already for your kids and they’re heading back to school. Hooray! This apple gift box would be great to fill with treats or supplies for your child’s teacher. You could also fill it with some fun surprises for your child as a little gift on their first day of school. After they open it up, use the apple on your mantle in your fall decor.

How to make a 3D Apple Gift Box

Supplies Needed

(This tutorial contains affiliate links, but only to products I personally use and love!)

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Step 1: Cut out all of your pieces using your Silhouette.

Step 2: Fold along all the dotted lines to create the creases for all the edges.

Step 3: Glue the bottom sections of one of the apple side pieces to create a curved, bowl-shaped bottom. While creating the box, we will be using the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to adhere all the sides together. This is my favorite adhesive for 3D projects. It has a strong hold and dries quickly.

Step 4: Glue the bottom piece to the bottom-side section you previously glued.apple box tutorial 2

Step 5: Glue the bottom sections of the other side piece to create a curved, bowl-shaped bottom.

Step 6: Glue the two side pieces together making sure to adhere it to the bottom piece.

Step 7: Glue all the top sections together to complete the box of the apple.

Step 8: Your box should look like this.
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Step 9: Now we will make the lid. Glue the sections of the lid together using the liquid glue.

Step 10: You have now completed the box and the lid base. Your apple should look like this.

Step 11: Roll the brown strip of paper and glue the end to hold the rolled shape.

Step 12: Fold the leaf in half.

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Step 13: Bend the bottom of the leaf down.

Step 14: Glue the bottom of the leaf to the stem.

Step 15: Using your glue gun, adhere the stem to the center of the lid. Let cool.

Step 16: Bend the leaf back down and make any tweaks to get the look you want. Fill the box with goodies and close by placing the lid on top.

This same tutorial can be used to create my Pineapple and Coconut boxes too. Just make a few minor adjustments for the tops.

My Favorite Paper Crafting Tools

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You know those tools you grab for every paper project? Well, I’m sharing a few of my favorites over on Craftsy’s blog today. I’ll be reviewing my paper trimmer, punches and adhesives. If you’re new to paper crafting or just want to see which tools I prefer, go take a look. I especially love the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and use it for all my boxes and other 3D projects.

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What are your go-to tools when you craft? I’m always on the lookout for new products to try. I’ll be sharing more of my favorites soon.

DIY Glitter Pillow Cover

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My amazingly talented friend, Jen (The Project Girl), designed this beautiful pillow for Hazel and Ruby’s Crafternoon line that is available at Joann stores! This girl designs paper and party supplies, fabric, digital scrapbooking lines and so much more. I’m telling you, she’s incredible! She also has a beautiful home and the most adorable little boys to top it all off. When she told me she designed a Crafternoon project kit, I had to check it out. pillow contents

The kit comes with a sewn pillow cover, iron on design, and instructions. The instructions are written out like a recipe. I thought it was so cute and just had to mention it. I love fun details like that.pillow iron on

Step 1: Iron out any creases or wrinkles in the pillow cover.

Step 2: Place the words on the pillow cover and iron with a cool iron.

I was scared to iron directly on the plastic, because I thought it would melt to my iron, so I didn’t have it hot enough the first time and had to go over it again. I had my iron pretty warm the second time and it still didn’t melt the plastic onto my iron. Thank heavens!pillow peel off

Step 3: After ironing, wait for it to cool for 20 minutes. This was marked as very important in the instructions, so I wasn’t about to rush it and pull it off sooner. After the 20 minutes, the plastic sheets peeled off smoothly and left the design on the pillow cover. I didn’t have any pieces flake or not transfer. So easy!pillow zipper

Step 4: Stuff a 16×16″ pillow form in the bottom of the pillow cover and zip close.

pillow close upThis was seriously so easy and the glitter transfer is smooth and looks beautiful! If you’re looking for some fun projects to do with your kids, friends or by yourself to rejuvenate, grab some Crafternoon projects and get crafting!

Memory Calendar

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INSPIRATION

I started a new memory calendar at our house a few months ago as a way to document the fun things we do as a family, and also to start building a foundation for the concept of time with my kids. I was inspired by all those planner girls out there. I never really understood the whole planner thing until I went to Silhouette Summit in May and met, Cori, The Reset Girl. She showed me her planners and told me about the wonderful planner community and all about her business adventures. She was so kind and patient and had this amazing energy about her as she shared her passion for planning. I left wanting to have a million planners to decorate and a million things to schedule in them.

Reality is, I don’t have a lot of things to plan. The kids and I pretty much fly by the seat of our pants at home. We have play dates scheduled with other friends, but that’s about the extent of it. And hauling around a planner along with everything else for kids (diapers, wipes, snacks) just wasn’t going to happen for me. There are a lot of moms that love their planners, but I just didn’t see it working out for me at this point in my life.

With the itch to somehow keep a planner I came up with our memory calendar. It has grown over the past three months and evolved to be more fun than I had imagined. I love creating little embellishments to go along with our simple adventures of the day. I plan to have the kids help create little embellishments to put on the calendar to mark their memories of fun they had that day too. For now, I’m having too much fun creating to share it with them. Ha!

July calendar embellishments

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June 2015 calendar

EMBELLISHMENTS
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Embellishments are the funnest part of the whole calendar to me. I love drawing up designs to go along with our activities and cutting them out with my Silhouette CAMEO. My embellishments are very literal of the things we have done that day. This is for my kids. They can’t read yet, but when they see an image of their bikes by the mountains, they know that was the day they rode their bikes in the mountains. Pretty straight forward. My kids LOVE this calendar. They look at it all the time, point to a picture and then tell me all about the fun things they did that day. You can embellish your calendar any way you would like, but this is what works for us and is what my kids love.

In addition to embellishing with die cuts and other paper crafts, I also use mini Instax prints from my Instax Share Printer. I can’t even tell you how much I love this little printer and the tiny photos it pops out. When I first bought it, I was a little skeptical about how much I would actually use it. I’m happy to say, I use it all the time and can’t get enough of the tiny, adorable photos. It really is the funnest little tool. I have increased the amount of photos I use on the calendar each month, as you can see by looking at the month of July. It brings the calendar and memories to life that much more. My kids love seeing pictures of themselves, but they love it even more when their friends or cousins are in the pictures with them.

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June calendar cotton candy

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CREATE YOUR OWN CALENDAR

I originally created this calendar last year to be made into a little planner for kids. I loved it so much, I enlarged it for our wall calendar. The reason I love this one is because it has 6 rows of weeks. I didn’t want to have to share any squares when room runs out on the calendar, and the last day or two of the month have to share a square with the days from the previous week. All the extra space from having 6 rows gives me room to right goals, a bucket list and other fun things for the month. During birthday months, I plan to highlight the person in this area with a photo and some fun things about them. Okay, let’s get down to business and make a calendar…

  1. Download and print out the calendar: You can download the calendar in my store. I printed mine at Cosco photo center. It’s a 20×30″ print and is about $8. To make it reusable for each month, I put mine in a frame. You can also laminate it.
  2. Fill in the month and days: I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the letters for the month out of cardstock. I taped them on using scotch tape so I can take them off and reuse the letters for other months. The days of the month are filled in with a black dry erase marker. Nothing fancy here. :)
  3. Plan and embellish: The first thing I do when I have the month and days filled out, is go through and mark holidays and special events. I use these calendar cards for the majority of that process. Then I document the fun things we do each day with a memento, photo or paper embellishment. I use washi tape, scotch tape and sometimes a glue stick to adhere the embellishments to the calendar.
  4. Document: When the month is over, I snap a photo of the whole calendar along with some close-ups of special events that happened. I put them in an album along with all the photos I used on the calendar that month. Then I use some glass cleaner to clean the glue and marker off the calendar for the next month.

This calendar is so simple to make and you can embellish to your own taste. My family loves it and I know yours will too. Any questions or fun ideas for this calendar, please post below. I’m always looking for new ways to make this even better.

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Carnival Party

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I hosted a little carnival party a few weeks ago and am finally posting about it. I had all these intensions of making cute carnival decorations and booths and the whole nine yards. But, it’s summer, and ours has been so jam packed with fun that there was no way all that was going to get done.

I stopped by Zurchers and picked up a few rolls of tickets for around $3 per roll. Can you say cheapest party decorations ever?! I didn’t plan on using them in so many fun ways, but the more I played around, the more the ideas just started flowing.

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This invitation was pretty colorful and I wanted it to show, so I slipped it in a glassine bag and stapled a few tickets to the outside to embellish it a little. I loved the look but wanted to try to make something more dimensional, and that is when I came up with these cute bows. ticket bows

I went crazy and made a bunch in every color. I ended up putting the ticket bows on the invitations for the girls, and the strips of tickets on the invites for the boys.

carnival ticket bags

I carried the bows through to the party favor bags for the girls. I wrapped a long strip of tickets around the bags and stapled them on for the boys. I love the simplicity of these and they looked even cuter when filled with all their colorful prizes from all the games.

carnival ticket ribbons

One of the games at the carnival was potato sack races. I hadn’t done those in the longest time and the kids LOVED them. That game was a hit. We did several rounds of races to determine our first, second and third place winners. The kids loved the ribbons too! Sometimes I get carried away making things and think they really don’t matter for the party, but I love to create so I make them anyway. It’s always fun when the little kids notice and appreciate the small things like these ribbons. They thought it was really cool they were made out of tickets and everyone had to check them out.carnival ticket ribbons 2 carnival ticket ribbon back

carnival marble run

I made a photo backdrop out of tickets like the one I saw from Brittany Jepsen. It was so easy, but did take a bit of time. I also made a chain out of tickets to act as bunting around the game tables. I forgot to get a picture of it, and this was the best I could find. Oops! I used a ton of tickets on the backdrop and decorations, yet still had almost half a roll of each color left. Best. Purchase. Ever.
carnival duck gameI had to throw this picture of my little baby sneaking a duck. She has learned to walk and climb and has become quite the little trouble-maker. She is lucky she’s so cute. Anyway, back to the party decorations…
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I stapled strips of tickets to these white lunch sacks and filled them with Dum Dum suckers in the bottom to give them some weight so they wouldn’t tip over. Then I filled the rest with popcorn. It was such a yummy treat the kids were delighted to enjoy.

These rolls of tickets were so colorful, cheap and adorable that I now want to use them on everything! I hope you have been inspired to take a step back sometimes and make hosting parties a little simpler with easy ideas like the ones I’ve shared today.

Ice Cream Cone Treat Boxes

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These ice cream cone treat boxes are perfect for giving small gifts to friends or guests at a party. I love the style and size of the sour cream pouch box. They’re easy to assemble and hold just the right amount of treats inside. And don’t you just love the sprinkles on top? Everything looks better covered in sprinkles.

These cones would also make a cute invitation for an ice cream social or other fun summer party. You could type the party info on the scoops of ice cream, or even stuff the info along with a treat inside the cone. There are so many different ways to use these adorable little cones.

You can find step-by-step instructions for how to assemble this style of treat box HERE. Both ice cream cone treat boxes are available in the Silhouette Design Store. Download and cut yours out, then start spreading little gifts of happiness to those around you.

Soft serve ice cream cone | Scooped ice cream cone

Tropical Paradise

tropical cupcakes

Back in May I was invited to attend the Silhouette Summit in Hawaii that Silhouette hosted to debut their new products coming out this year. It was so fun, obviously, and I came back so rejuvenated and inspired by all the beauty those islands hold. I apparently came back on Hawaiian time, because it took me a few months to get back into the swing of things and create these tropical paradise designs. Haha!

pineapple and coconut box

Pineapple and Coconut Boxes

The pineapple and coconut box are fun to use as decor for a luau, to hold utensils and treats, or to use as gift box containing a party favor. You can find some simple instructions for assembling the boxes on Amanda Coleman’s blog, or more detailed step-by-step instructions using my 3D apple tutorial that is very similar to these shapes.
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Cupcake Wrappers

One of the reasons I love cupcake wrappers so much is they can dress up any cupcake. I am not a baker and don’t have the talent of making beautifully frosted cupcakes. I can swirl on some white frosting and add some sprinkles though. With the addition of the cupcake wrappers and toppers, they look professional and almost make it look like I know what I’m doing. ;) Plus, my dessert now coordinates with the rest of my party which is always a good thing.

Find all the cupcake wrappers in the Silhouette Design Store.
Coconut Drink | Flamingo | Pineapple | Snorkel

tropical treat boxes

Treat Boxes

I love the simplicity of the sour cream pouch style treat box. They are so easy to make and are the perfect size for a party favor.

Find all the treat boxes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Hibiscus | Pineapple | Flamingo | Palm Tree

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tropical gift cards

Gift Card Envelopes

Gift cards can be the best gifts. I know I’m a personal fan of them. Some feel they aren’t personal enough. Dress them up in one of these gift card envelopes and problem solved. Who wouldn’t love to receive some money in these adorable tropical envelopes?

Find all the gift card envelopes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Pineapple | Flamingo | Hibiscus | Snorkel | Palm Tree

Tropical Gift Card

flamingo gift card 2

Here’s another look at the gift card envelopes. The card slides in to complete the image through the cut-out piece on the envelopes. Fun, right? You can write a little a message on the card, then slip it in the envelope with the gift card. So simple, but such a thoughtful touch.palm tree gift card 2

Host a Luau this summer and I know all your guests will enjoy these fun tropical designs too.

DIY Pin Tutorial using the Silhouette

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You all know I love my Silhouette CAMEO and all the projects I can create with it. I also love challenging its capabilities. Today I have a tutorial for you showing how to make these pins using the Silhouette. It’s so easy and simple and you can involve the kids too, which is always a plus.

How to make your own pins

Supplies Needed:

Shrink Film
Silhouette or scissors
extra fine sandpaper
spray paint
E6000
pin backs

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Step 1: Load your shrink film on your cutting matte. Cut out your shapes using a sharp blade on Silhouette. I set my blade to a ten and used the double cut feature. This cut through the material enough to bend and pop the shapes out. I also tried doing the two round of the double cut (4 times cutting total) and that was enough to cut all the way through it. When cutting your shapes, keep in the mind that they will shrink to half their size when cooked in step 2.

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Step 2: Follow the directions on the back of the package to cook your shrink film in the over or toaster over. I cooked mine at 325 degrees farenheit, for about 5 minutes. It was a little longer than the package recommended, but my shaped were pretty large.

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Step 3: As they are cooking they curl up almost into a ball. Don’t panic. It’s supposed to do this. Somehow they miraculously flatten back out. When your plastic shapes are flat on the pan, then they are complete and can be take out of the oven. If there is still a slight curve to some, place a pan on top of the pins and press down on them to flatten. This must be done immediately after they come out of the over while they are still hot.

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On the left is the shape before cooking, and on the right if the shape after. It’s so tiny and adorable!

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Step 4: You can color on the film with permanent marker before it is cooked to make your design. I chose to spray paint them gold after cooking, instead of drawing on them. Using an extra fine sandpaper, I believe mine is 400 grit, sand it side of the plastic to give the paint something to stick to.

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In this image you can the see the difference between the unsanded part on the left, and the sanded side on the right.

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Step 5: Apply some E6000 adhesive to the pin back and adhere it to your shape. I didn’t want to have to worry about my pin popping off so I used a lot of adhesive. I figured no one will see the back of the pin while wearing it anyway, right?

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Press the glued pin back firmly on the back of you plastic shape and let dry for about 24 hours.
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Step 6: Spray paint the pin your color of choice and allow to completely dry before handling and wearing. You can spray paint your shape before you put the pin back on, but I wanted my metal pin back to be the same color as the pin, so I chose to glue it on before spray painting.

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I’m at Snap Conference this weekend passing out these pins on my business cards with a little tutorial and amazing giveaway from Silhouette. If you’re at Snap, come find me, grap a pin and be entered to win a Silhouette CAMEO and a Silhouette Portrait. So much fun!

5 Simple Flower Tutorials Using Circle Punches

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I have a few circle punches in my stash that are staples in my paper crafting. I generally just use them for little gift tags, but today over on the Craftsy blog, I’m sharing tutorials on how to make all of these flowers and leaves using your circle punches. They are all so simple and take just a few minutes. Head over there and check it out.

* You can also find the 3D flower tutorial on my blog.

Paper Easter Basket

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There is something so simple and soothing about the color white. I love how it softens everything up and adds so much light. I did a lot of white on white with this paper Easter basket and love how it makes the peach flower pop even more. Just think how beautifully it would show off a basket full of colored Easter eggs. Wouldn’t it make the perfect gift bag for a friend this spring?easter flower basket detail crop Easter flower basket side crop

All of these die cuts are available in the Silhouette design store and you can find a tutorial to make the flower here.

Easter Basket | 3D Flower + Tutorial | Tiny Blossoms | Spring Leaves | Spring Twigs

3D Flower Tutorial

3D flower

New in the Silhouette store is this easy 3D flower. You can use it in a bouquet for home or party decor. It’s also a great embellishment for cards and scrapbooks. Make it out of fabric or felt and use it for a hair accessory. Follow this easy 3D flower tutorial below to make your own.

3D flower tutorial 1

Cut out 14 pink 1 1/2″ circles, 1 pink 1″ circle and 1 yellow strip measuring 1/4″x8.5″. Cut a slit to the center of each 1 1/2″ circle. Glue 1/4″ of either side of the slit on top of each other to add dimension to each petal. 3D flower tutorial 2

Using the 1″ circle as a base, begin gluing petals around the edges with the slits toward the base. For this flower I glued 5 flowers on the base and 5 on the second layer. The third layer has has three petals. The remaining petal is used on top for the center of the flower.

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Curl the yellow strip by wrapping it around a pencil. Glue the two ends together. Adjust the curls until it looks the way you want it. Glue the yellow, curled strip to the center of the flower.

Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

detective kit

This is the final post of the Valentine Detective Party. Today I’m sharing all the party favors and little details that helped really bring the theme of the party to life. The spy kit pictured above was issued to every agent/guest when they arrived at the party. I found the mustaches at the dollar store. The glasses are from Amazon. They are a little big for kids though. The mini magnifying glasses are also from Amazon. Hallelujah for Amazon Prime! Am I right?!

detective credentials

I made credentials for each guest to wear. You can have their parents email you a picture, or pull one from social media. Download the credentials print and cut file, then open it in Silhouette Studio. Now you can replace the filler info with each child’s info. I also included the font names in the file so you can download the same ones to match if you want. Import each child’s photo on the tag. Print then cut.

The clear cases are from Walmart. I have seen them at the dollar store before too. You can purchase the lanyards from Amazon.

detective badge

I love how the Silhouette Printable Gold Foil brings this secret agent badge to life. Download the badge, then print and cut it using your Silhouette. Cut another badge out of chipboard to make the badge more sturdy. Peel the backing off of the gold foil and adhere it to the chipboard. Peel the backing off the pin and stick it at the top of the heart on the back. Your badges are now ready to wear.

spy notebook and pen

These tiny notebooks are from Walmart. I think there were three in a pack for like $0.89. I love those kinds of prices. :) The spy pens are so cool. The ink is completely invisible until you use the light at the top of the pen to shine over your message. It’s like magic!

detective pen

Side note: I’ve been using these to keep my kids busy when I need to get work done. I draw a bunch of shapes on a paper and they try to find them all with the light. It’s a great activity for a busy/quiet bag.

evidence bag

Last but not least is this adorable party favor bag for the kids to take home with “evidence” of a good time. We had a Valentine exchange and used these as our Valentine boxes/bags. They were also used to haul all the spy/detective kit goodies home.

Download the evidence print and cut file. I put my paper bags through my laminator to “iron” them extra flat. Feed through your printer folded end first. My local copy shop also printed them on their machines for me too.

detective party kit

I have really enjoyed sharing all the details from my Valentine Detective Party. I hope you have found all these ideas helpful in hosting one of your own. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Invitations
Valentine Detective Party | Games