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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


holiday wrapping

Hopefully this post isn’t discouraging to those shoppers who have not quite crossed the final item off their list this season, but with the 25th drawing near it’s time to focus on not what is inside the box but out!

The perfect gift needs the perfect wrapping to complete the experience. The outside of your present is a chance to get creative and The Paper Place has all sorts of neat little extras to make your gift stand out under the tree.

The first step of a fantastic gift is the wrap itself! Have a look at our beautiful and colourful sheets and rolls!


Every perfectly wrapped present needs a pretty ribbon or bow! We have rolls upon rolls of ribbon by the metre as well as adorable divine twine that is appropriate for any gift.

christmas twine

Keep track of who is getting what with some cute printed kraft tags or enclosure cards!

kraft tags

If anyone is looking for some wrap inspiration take a look at these presents done up in holiday coloured Chiyogami and funky nepalese papers, topped with our sparkly and satin ribbons.

nepalese present

chiyo present

tags and ribbon


Personalizing your own christmas tags is a fun holiday craft. We have lots of tags in various colours in packs of 25 just waiting to be decorated! The tags shown here were stamped with red and gold pigment, and tied with some fun cord.

I hope this post has gotten everyone excited to start their wrapping! If you’re feeling inspired come on in to The Paper Place to explore all of our festive goodies, you’re presents will be too pretty to open!



On the 10th day of December The Paper Place gave to me….. A Washi Deco Prize Pack!!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Washi Deco Prize Pack!

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Paper Source Garland Kits

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

With the holidays fast approaching, the staff here at The Paper Place (along with our crafty customers) are frantically scooping up supplies to make handmade cards, gifts and decorations. Thankfully, the folks at Paper Source have made that last one a breeze with their fully-equipped, easy to assemble Garland Kits. Because my hands are always freezing, naturally I was drawn to the Mitten Garland, which comes with pre-cut, festively coloured paper mittens, stickers, and baker’s twine to string them all up. Here’s the one I made to hang up in the shop:

I like to think of this garland as an ode to all the mittens I’ve lost over the years!



It’s snowing origami snowflakes!

Monday, December 19th, 2011


These paper snowflakes look quite complex, but should be no problem for the intermediate paper folder to master.  The model was created by origamist Dennis Walker and has been demonstrated in an easy to follow video by Sara Adams.



The Snowflake starts from a hexagon. Cutting an accurate hexagon might be the hardest part to making these little lovelies, but Sara has also posted a great tutorial on how to do that without too much trouble.  Once you have that part down the actual folding should be a breeze!

I tried making this sweet snowflake out of a few different papers. I got the best results from two Japanese papers I tested, Tarasen dots and one of the many pretty Sukashi patterned papers. The translucency of these two papers makes for a beautiful effect when the snowfakes are placed against a window or somewhere else light passes through.


Since these may just be the only snow we see in Toronto this December… why not make a cup of cocca, settle in and fold yourself your very own paper winter wonderland!



The Holidays Rush In at The Paper Place!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

As the weather turns more and more inhospitable with the onset of winter, The Paper Place staff has focused their energy on making a warm and welcoming environment for patrons using an exciting variety of creative and decorative ideas! The holidays are a wonderful time of year to access your–sometimes tentative–creative inner-self and with a vacation days saved up, you might actually have the time to execute a project! Spruce up your hallways, foyers, and living rooms with some of the following ideas!

Taking us on a tour of some of the holiday tree offerings is Jolly Mr. Peanut Claus, a fun eraser that bears a strickingly realistic resemblance to an actual peanut. A great stocking stuffer for both children and adults, this little character was made festive with a holiday hat using red paper stock, gold washi tape, and a decorative felt ball adhered to the paper with Zip-Dry Paper Glue. Each of these components plus the wide array of others at The Paper Place can be rearranged and used to make holiday cards, tree ornaments, or even a lovely wreath for your front door. So, off we go!


Here is Jolly Mr. Peanut Claus spending time under a fuzzy felt tree.  Watermark Tissues such as the one featured in the background here (Hempflower White) are an easy and interesting way to mimic a snowy landscape in winter scenes and diorama decorations.

Jolly Mr. Peanut Claus looks dwarfed by this aesthetically minimal and sleek wooden tree.   No Vancouver Giant, this piece is a neat way to top a side table or sideboard and can be loaded up with streamers, ornaments, and garlands galore!

In this scene, Jolly Mr. Peanut Claus is hanging back to observe nature.  These delicate porcelain reindeers can both stand freely as a miniature or be hung from a tree as an ornament.  Also pictured are felt squirrel and tree ornaments that go from 2-D to 3-D by slotting separate pieces together.

As a final destination, our now seasoned (salty!) Mr. Peanut Claus has chosen the company of two beautiful Japanese figures.  Hand made by Toronto-based artist Sumiko Saito, these special tree ornaments are a super representation of skillful craft and Japanese decorative paper.  Behind the happy threesome is a paper tree decoration that effortlessly unfolds from a small triangular parcel into a lightweight table adornment.

Jolly Mr. Peanut Claus thinks holidays can be so much fun and so do we at The Paper Place!  Come visit us and take a look at the myriad of other gifts, decorations, and materials we have in store to make this winter the most beautiful and festive yet!