DIY Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

DIY Father's Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

A little while back, I was brainstorming Father’s Day craft ideas, and I had one of those “a-ha” moments. Don’t you just love those? These Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes actually make use of the favor box template that I created for my feature in the first issue of Nonpareil, with an alteration made to add a “collar”. I’ve provided a necktie template (and a bow tie template, in case your dad or husband is a bow tie kind of guy) that you can use with any patterned or solid colored paper to put the finishing touch on your own box(es). And now I’m thinking about all of the other holidays for which I can customize the template, so don’t be surprised if you see more projects that make use of it in the future!

DIY Father's Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes

Supplies you’ll need:

gift box template + bow tie / necktie template

a printer
cardstock for the box and tie(s)*
a ruler
a pen or pencil
glue dots
double-sided tape
1/4 inch circle hole punch (for bow tie box)
a scoring tool (optional)
a cutting mat (optional)

Print the box template onto lightweight cardstock, cut out along the solid lines, and assemble according to the directions found in the template file. Place your gift in the box, and use double-sided tape or glue dots to securely close the flap. Print bow tie/necktie templates, cut out, and trace onto your choice of patterned or solid colored paper. Cut out the tie(s) and attach to the box flap using double stick tape or glue dots. If making the bow tie box, punch out three 1/4 inch “buttons” using a hole punch, and attach to the front of the box using glue dots (small Zots are the perfect size).

Alternative directions: Assemble the box and attach the tie to the top flap first, and add your gift last.

These boxes will hold a variety of small Father’s Day gifts, including watches, fishing lure, small food treats, gift cards, and tech gadgets like iPod Nanos or USB thumb drives.

* The patterned paper I used for the ties is Flannel from Cosmo Cricket’s Mr. Campy collection.

images from yours truly

Isabell’s Umbrella

Isabell's Umbrella Bookmarks

The Isabell’s Umbrella shop is packed full of so many irresistibly adorable paper goods that it was very tough for me to choose just a few to feature. In her illustrations, Ashely Giessing, the artist behind Isabell’s Umbrella, has created a world of wonderfully cute owlies, bears, turtles, squirrels, and deer for bookmarks (one of my favorites from the shop — shown above), postcards, prints, bookplates, and many other paper pretties. Here’s a peek at what you can find:

Isabell's Umbrella

images from Isabell’s Umbrella

Nautical Wedding Invites by Carolyn Sewell

Nautical Wedding Invitations Carolyn Sewell

Words cannot express how much I’m swooning over these amazing nautical wedding invitations by designer Carolyn Sewell, who also has a fantastic project called Postcards to My Parents, a must see for anyone who loves hand lettering. Carolyn, who had previously avoided designing any wedding invites, changed her mind when she was asked by her best friend to create custom invitations for his wedding, a waterside ceremony that will be held this July in Bar Harbor, Maine. Carolyn truly took it to the next level with this suite, which features details like vintage map envelope liners, rope and grommet work, gorgeous nautical illustrations, and hand printed, walnut veneer invitations. Nautical perfection!

Nautical Wedding Invitations Carolyn Sewell

Nautical Wedding Invitations Carolyn Sewell

Nautical Wedding Invitations Carolyn Sewell

images from Carolyn Sewell

Katie Kirk Birthday Week Sale

Katie Kirk Birthday Sale

Katie Kirk Art Prints

Thanks to Maddy for giving me a heads up about the Birthday Week Sale going on right now at Katie Kirk’s Etsy shop, EightHourDay. Katie’s celebrating her birthday by giving us a fantastic deal on her art prints, which are only $10 this week until Friday at noon! That’s a pretty sweet deal and I, for one, wasn’t able to resist the urge to do a bit of shopping. Pick up a print (or three) for yourself, and grab a few to give as gifts, too. Happy Birthday, Katie!

images from Katie Kirk / EightHourDay

Custom Letterpress, Lasercut, Engraved Invites from Louella Press

Louella Press Custom Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Be still my beating heart — how absolutely incredible are these custom wedding invitations by Louella Press for the upcoming wedding of Susan and Antonio? Those colors — well, you know how I swoon over navy and magenta — and the lasercut accents are so, so beautiful. This custom wedding suite also incorporates engraving and, of course, letterpress for a result that’s an absolute feast for the eyes.

Louella Press Custom Letterpress Wedding Invitations

images from Louella Press