The housing market is heating up (thank goodness, right!) which means more people are buying homes. For me, this translates into creative ways to say congratulations on your new digs. I was inspired to create this DIY papier-mache housewarming gift with personalized photo notepads from the Paper Muse Press shop, paint and the large decorative letters from my local craft store. Throw in a cute papier-mache house to wrap the personalized notepads, and you have a one of a kind gift. The main pluses to this project are it’s easy and budget-friendly!
What you’ll need:
Notepads, envelope liner, paint, decoupage glue (or spray adhesive), newspaper, paint brush, large craft store letter and papier-mache house (or box).
Step One: Select notepad design and customize. The first step was to search for photos of the family (what fun!). Then select a notepad design that fits them or their new home. I opted for the Fine Line 4″ Photo Notepads because of its fresh, modern style. I chose to put their name on the cover and then just a photo on the inside sheets, but you could add their new address here as well! I also ordered matching envelope liners to use for the craft.
Step Two: House
While shopping for the large ‘R’, I came across the adorable papier-mâché house. It was the perfect size to put the notepads inside. The inspiration for the red roof and R came from the red accent on the Fine Line notepad pattern. I used the envelope liners for the base of the house and cut out the photo and name to complete the home.
Step Three: Letter
The R took 2 coats of red. I searched the Sunday paper for the letters to spell ‘Rojas’ as well as their new address. The design at the bottom of each sheet makes a great detail when cut along the highs and lows of the design. Using spray adhesive, attach all the images and letters.
Step Four: Fill the house with the notepads, other goodies and deliver!
I love the red color because it reminds me of the Rojas’ spirit and is trans-seasonal. It looked great on their Thanksgiving mantel and will go right into the holiday season. Quick, fun and easy personalized housewarming gift! Peace and love!