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Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

These handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes will thrill any little girl!  And who knows, maybe even a bit bigger gal?  Sparkly, sweet, pink and with a pretty unicorn to celebrate a special day.  Stay tuned!  I share all the measurements to make your own with your Simply Scored and some Tear & Tape. 

The Magical Day bundle has been ULTRA popular this winter – but now it’s retiring!  

All kinds of mythical creatures…fire spouting dragons, wily wizards, mystical mermaids, knights in shining armour, not just unicorns!  There’s something here for guys and gals, kids and the young at heart! You’re going to want to pick it up at 10% off before it’s gone for good!  

And if you’re a girly-girl this pretty pink box might call your name!

handmade unicorn birthday ideas

Sweet yes?  If you’re of a certain “vintage”, you may have played with My Little Pony toys from the 80’s (which then became a movie)?  Such cute little animals and unicorns…and you could brush their pink and blue manes.   (I’m about to age myself ☺️) I remember babysitting little tykes who had these sweet little toys! 

But there’s WAAAY more ways to use this bundle.  Heck, who knows a Harry Potter fan?  Or Game of Thrones?  Think of all the possibilities for themed parties and get togethers!

But let’s get back to my handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes…

handmade unicorn birthday box to make

Let’s see, how many “girly” details are there?

  • Sweet galloping unicorns
  • Pretty Powder pink paper
  • Shiny silver washi tape
  • Sparkly Wink of Stella colouring
  • Silvery textured stars
  • Silky powder pink ribbon tied in a bow

Enough to please even the toughest five year old critic!

Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

So now we’ve established that there’s not too many girls who wouldn’t think this box was the cat’s meow, how about some of the deets so you can get busy?

It stands almost 6 1/4” high and is a perfect 2 7/8” square shape.   The ribbon will slide right off and the lid pops off so you have lots of space for your gift.

handmade unicorn birthday

Here are your measurements:

  • Powder Pink cardstock – 9” x 12”
  • Unicorn (Myths & Magic) designer paper lid – 6” x 6”


  1. Score on the long (12”) side at 2 7/8”, 5 3/4”, 8 5/8” and 11 1/2″
  2. Turn 90 degrees and score on the short (9”) side at 2 7/8″


  1. Score on all 4 sides at 1 1/2″

handmade unicorn birthday for girl

Let’s Make the Unicorn Tag

I cut out out the tag with the Celebrations Thinlits (also retiring that I’m almost a bit distressed about 😢)  This has been an absolute favourite of mine this year and I’ve used it over and over. You might remember this Christmas tag?  (PSSST, rumour has it this beautiful Year of cheer paper and washi tape is in the Updated Clearance Rack at a super great deal!).  

  1. First, the stars are heat embossed with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  
  2. Then a strip of the gorgeous glittery Myths & Magic washi tape is wrapped completely around the bottom.  (TIP1: this tape is not super sticky so add some SNAIL to get it to stay stuck down.)  (TIP2: wrap it all the way around and overlap in the back so you don’t see a torn edge because the back of the tag will be written on.)
  3. Our pretty unicorn is stamped with Basic Black Archival ink on Shimmery White cardstock (are you noticing the sparkly trend here 🤗?)  The matching framelit cuts her out perfectly!
  4. To add colour, I picked up my clear Wink of Stella for her body and my Real Red Wink of Stella for her mane.  Check out my video to see how you can have every Stampin Up Wink of Stella colour if you want!
  5. Mini dimensionals hold her in place over the sparkly silver tape.
  6. I used about a 30” piece of the pretty Powder Pink finely woven ribbon.  It’s super flexible but has enough body to hold your tied bow and tag.  (TIP3:  Place the ribbon under the bottom, pull up to the top and insert the tag onto one end.  It doesn’t need to be tied because there’s enough body to hold it in place – BONUS!)

Now it’s your turn!  Everything you need to make these pretty handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes is right here!  The Magical Day bundle is retiring and is sure to sell out pretty quick so don’t miss out on saving 10% now!  

Thanks for shopping with me!

handmade unicorn birthday box to make

We always need a little bit of magic in our lives!  That “what if” element takes us all back to when EVERYTHING was possible!  And the Magical Day bundle is one way to add a touch of whimsy quickly and easily to all your cards and gift giving.

Get out your paper crafting supplies and get a start on these super sweet boxes.  After all, what little girl wouldn’t LOVE to get handmade unicorn gift boxes on her special day?

You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

When you see today’s project, you might ask is that an Easter treat box? Or is it a birthday treat box? Or maybe even is that a congrats treat box? To make it even MORE confusing, I made it with the Lots to Love Box framelits, and if you’re not a Valentine’s crafter, you might’ve missed it in the Occasions catalogue.

You know I really should have named this blog post “How to Get More Mileage From Your Crafting Purchases” since I want you to go away thinking about them just a wee bit differently. So let’s dive in and although you might ask is that an Easter treat box initially, I think you’ll start to see LOTS of other possibilities too.

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So at first glance, you might’ve picked the birthday box. After all, it IS made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and designer series paper. And there’s not a single bunny or Easter egg in sight. Plus the greeting talks about celebrating “brilliant fabulous you!” So yes, I agree our box could be congrats or birthday.

But take another look at those beautiful spring colours. Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst. Tell me just how many Easter eggs you’ve dyed in exactly those colours in the past! And what about that little peek of turquoise glimmer paper, the Lemon-Lime Twist ombre ribbon or the Pumpkin Pie sequins? They are ALL perfect for this fun spring holiday I’d wager.

And what about the paper design? It’s really just some streamers and mixed ribbon. It doesn’t HAVE to be birthday, it could be just about anything celebratory.

And it’s a simple box…which could work for just about ANY occasion!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So In Case You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

So what exactly does this mean for us paper crafters? We CAN get all kinds of versatility from our stamp sets, dies and papers, simply by looking at them a bit differently and making smart purchasing choices.

How do you do that? The next time you’re in the mood for something new in the craft supplies world, start by asking yourself these questions:

Designer Series Paper

  • Are there multiple colours I can use for more than one occasion? (And do you have the matching stamp pads and cardstock already?)
  • Are there lots of designs I absolutely LOVE in the package? (Because then you’ll USE them up.)
  • Is the size good for multiple projects? (For example is 6x6 big enough for everything you might want to make with the paper?)

Stamp Set

  • Is there a coordinating set of framelits for the stamp set? (To make your crafting life quicker and easier.)
  • How many different techniques can I have fun with with this set? (There are SO many techniques out there, what are your favourites and can the set handle at least two or three?)
  • How many different ways could I use this stamp set? (For example let’s look at the Sure Do Love You set below)


you might ask is that an easter treat box

How many different uses do you see? I see: anniversary, birthay, weddings, congratulations, thinking of you, spring and of course Valentine’s (see my fun fold Valentine I made with it).


  • Are some of the dies generic enough for multiple applications? (Think stars, circles, squares, hearts, ovals that you will use over and over again.)
  • Will the dies make my paper crafting more efficient? (Like cutting out and scoring a fun box rather than making one from scratch.)
  • Is there at least ONE die that is an absolute MUST-HAVE? (Like the box in Lots to Love Box framelits or the two nested heart shapes.)


  • Could I use this for at least three different events I will be crafting for – in the next three months? (Giving yourself a timeline is really important so you KNOW you’ll pull it out and use it as soon as it arrives!)

There are so many others I could suggest but I’ll save those for future blog posts.  Now I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I stray a bit from my own advice. (Did I really NEED the Beautiful You stamp set when I haven’t used it once in almost a year?!!  Yikes!) But I do try and now you’ve got some of the key questions to ask, how do your current supplies measure up?

I knew I’d use the Lots to Love Box framelits and the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper for multiple projects over many years. Anytime I can get a template for a box or treat holder, I’m IN!  If you’re the same just click on the image below and have tons of fun creating!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So the next time you’re browsing a new catalogue and you’ve got a post-it note on EVERY page, come back to this post. You might ask yourself is that an Easter treat box – or birthday or congrats or Father’s Day or sympathy – and you might be able to narrow down some of those post-its.


How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

Need a quick and easy goodie holder? You just can’t beat a clear tiny treat box. Inexpensive, cute and durable. In fact, a bit like tofu! You know, awful bland on its own, but takes on whatever taste of sauce of spice you throw at it!

Pick up a package today! There are SO many ways to decorate these for every goodie giving event! Here’s a couple you may remember i shared.  Elegant New Year’s party treats or my spooky Hallowe’en box.  

And because they go together so fast, how perfect for my Keep it Simple Sunday!  A little cutting, glueing, and a teeny bit of stamping and you’re done.  See it for yourself.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

I tell ya, just so darn cute! The Picture Perfect Party desiger paper is gorgeous.  One side shows photos of happy birthday related items like donuts, baloons, and noisemakers like you see here.  The other has all kinds of colourful patterns.

And although they’re a petite 2 inches square, it’s amazing just how many goodies fit inside. Besides the obvious chocolates and jujubes, I’ve used them for a small jewelry item or a couple lip balms. I think they might work even for some special bath salts or spices. Really once you start filing them up and gifting them, you’ll need a second package!

I want to show you everything I used for this pint-sized package so you can picture it as I give you the recipe below. Order up your supplies and you’ll easily have enough to decorate the 16 boxes that come in each package.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Before you get going on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, remove the protective plastic wrapping from the clear tiny treat box but don’t make your box. (TIP: Leave it flat to attach papers to sides of box since you’ll be able to use a bit more pressure to adhere the paper to the plastic.)


  • 6 pieces Picture Perfect Partyy designer series paper cut to 1-15/16” (TIP: since the paper is 6” x 6”, you’ll be able to get all out of one piece)
  • Strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock cut to 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Tiny scrap Whisper White Thick cardstock
  • Black shimmer ribbon – piece about 7” long

Recipe:  Clear Tiny Treat Box

  1. Attach a glue dot in each of four corners on FIVE of the squares of patterned paper and adhere to four sides and top of box. (TIP: take your paper and place a corner on the glue dot ON the roll. Apply a little pressure, then lift your paper up and the glue dot should come with it.)
  2. Open up and put the box together, bending along the score lines and interlocking the bottom.
  3. Turn box so the open lid is facing you. Set the last piece of patterned paper in the bottom.
  4. To finish up the box front, punch a little half moon circle right where there is a half moon cut out of the box plastic with your 1/2” circle punch.
  5. Wrap black ribbon around box lid, then close lid. Knot it and clip ribbon ends.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Recipe: Party “Noisemaker”

  1. Stamp Happy Birthday several times along strip of Bermuda Bay in Memento ink, starting at the right hand side and leaving about 3/8” to attach your ‘fringe”.
  2. Run strip along edge of bone folder to form into a spiral, leaving one birthday greeting showing.
  3. Stamp fringe in Berry Burst on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with scissors.
  4. Glue fringe on top of right hand side of Bermuda Bay strip with liquid glue.
  5. Feed noisemaker under ribbon and attach with glue dot to box lid.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

If you think this noisemaker birthday box is cool, why not check out my funny bunny Easter treat box too! Although there are a few more steps involved, once you see how full of personality he is you’ll be inspired to make some this Easter.

If you love to package up small goodies to gift, these mini boxes are da BOMB!!  Versatile, speedy and fun. Once you get started on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, don’t stop there – get in the groove for Mother and Father’s Day too!



Make a Zentangle Valentine with Heart Shaped Cutouts

Make a Zentangle Valentine with Heart Shaped Cutouts

Today I want to show you how quick and easy it is to make a Zentangle valentine with heart shaped cutouts.

But first, hands up if you’ve got a FEW creative past times to keep you busy.   ME TOO!  In fact I’ve got more than just a few…paper crafting, Zentangle, calligraphy, jewelry making, DIY home decor, cooking.  So when I get a chance to double down on a couple of them, I’m doing a happy dance!

Zentangle and paper crafting, especially with Stampin’ Up! framelits are a match made in heaven. Take a look at the results.


I LOVE to wind down with Zentangle where I’m focussed on what I’m doing, but I haven’t got a CLUE what the final outcome is going to be! In fact, sometimes I zone out so much my family has to poke me to make sure I’m still breathing.

So who’s for saving time, getting utterly and wonderfully relaxed and combining two different artistic pursuits like I’ve done here? Sig you up right? …and the rest is history! (I’ll take full responsibility if you get addicted!)

Oh, and another thing. Zentangle uses practically NO supplies – and the ones you can use are available to order from my online store!  So you don’t even need to get out of your pyjamas! Perfection!

So how do you get started with Zentangle so you can make a Zentangle Valentine with heart shaped cutouts?

  1. Pull out a size .01 permanent black marker and some Whisper White card stock. Don’t have these supplies? Order yours here  
  2. Set aside an hour or two of time (believe me, it will go by in a wink!)
  3. Click here for a guide to doing your first tangle

Now if you can pull yourself out of your blissfully relaxed state (you’re welcome!), let’s get busy paper crafting and use THAT tile to make a Zentangle Valentine with heart shaped cutouts.



  • Whisper White cardstock – 3” x 3”, scraps
  • Real Red cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”


  1. Place your heart framelit over your Zentangle tile and cut out with the Big Shot
  2. Stamp words in Real Red ink on scrap of Whisper White cardstock
  3. Cut out with Bunch of Banner framelits
  4. Fold Real Red card
  5. Attach heart to middle of card with dimensionals
  6. Put a glue dot on either end and the middle of the banner and place on a diagonal over the heart to affix
  7. Place rhinestones randomly

TADAH!!  Your first Zentangle art card!  Feel free to do a happy dance too!


All the supplies can be found right here.  Order yours now so you can be a stress-free card creator too!


If you liked this card, you will LOVE this thank you and these Christmas ideas.

My number one TIP? Make a photocopy of your original tile onto another piece of regular Whisper White cardstock. Then use it again and again. It will look totally different depending on the framelit you choose AND where you place it. Talk about EASY!

So whether you choose to make a Zentangle Valentine with heart cutouts like I have here, or a birthday with the large numbers or letters, or something totally different, you’ll have mounds of gorgeous cards, be happy, stress-free and dancing the happy dance continually!

It’s Easy to Decorate a Gift Box

It’s Easy to Decorate a Gift Box

Why buy off the shelf when it’s easy to decorate a gift box yourself?  All it takes is some patterned paper, a couple stamps and punches and your gift box will take on a personality all of its own.  Let’s take a look at my cheery and bright box.

decorate a gift box

This Lemon Zest bundle was among the first to catch my eye when the new Annual catalogue was unveiled in June last year.  Such a cute set and useful for many occasions.  And although I snapped it up then, I haven’t made time to use it very often.  I shared this washi tape design with you quite a few months ago.  But when I saw the Tutti Frutti designer series paper in the Occasions catalogue, I knew it was perfect for this project.

decorate a gift box

Our Acetate Card Boxes are a great size.  Generous enough for a set of 5 A4 cards and envelopes, you’re not limited to just cards.  Try other little treats like magnets, gift cards or tiny books.  At only 85 cents a box, that’s less than the dollar store!  Here I’ve wrapped a small gift in bright orange tissue paper and allowed it to extend over the top.

I love the bright citrusy colours in the paper, especially in the midst of a cold and dreary winter!  And in this paper stack, you get not 12 but 24 colourful designs.  Kiwis, bananas, berries and papaya are only a few of the fruits you could play with.   Regardless of the paper you choose, they’re all summery and cheerful colours for any card or project you’re crafting.  Even though I chose Lemon Lime Twist ink for my large lime (which you won’t find in this particular patterned paper), I picked up on the Daffodil Delight and the Peekaboo Peach for my greeting, ribbon and stitched circle mattings.

The Stiched Shapes Framelits really is one of my “go-to” dies.  It includes twelve dies but not all one shape.  You get circles, ovals AND squares in this all-in-one set.  When you want a perfectly matted, and thoughtfully designed focal point, these shapes will come to your rescue.  Here I’ve offset the circles for a bit of interest rather than centre them.  It’s just a tad unexpected touch your recipient will appreciate.

And those little sequins?  Aren’t they sweet?  Plus they’re a real timesaver since they’ve already got adhesive so adding them anywhere is a breeze – no waiting for liquid glue to dry.  In five different colours, they add a bright and cheerful finishing touch to your project.


Here are a few TIPS so it’s easy to decorate a gift box for yourself:

  • Cut two pieces of the 6” x 6” paper and glue together at one end with a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape of Fast Fuse to create one long sheet.
  • Wrap the box, creasing where the edges are, then remove and firm up the score lines with your bone folder.
  • Add Fast Fuse to the ends and bring the two edges together in the front.  Your focal point will hide the front join.
  • Use a longer strip of Fast Fuse on a diagonal on your wrapped designer paper.  Then lay about a 10-12” strip of the Daffodil Delight double stitched ribbon in a “Z” shape over top.  (For an extra secure fix, I added liquid glue on the back of my circles before laying it on top of the ribbon.)

To make your own gift boxes like this here are all the supplies I used.


Want a final peek?

decorate a gift box

If it’s cold and dreary in your neck of the woods right now – or even if it’s not – the Tutti Frutti designer series paper stack will add lots of bold and bright colour to your world.  Use it for all kinds of fun cards.  But while you’re playing, don’t forget how it’s easy to decorate a gift box when you have little treats for someone special too.


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