Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

This time of year, there is nothing better than giving a gift that comes from the heart. Why not pull double-duty and wrap that special something in a unique and personal paper made by you? And did we mention this is friendly to the environment as well?!

What you will need:
-Paper shopping bags (you can use Earthbound bags, grocery bags, etc.)
-Paint and/or markers
-Scissors
-Tape
-Fabric scraps and/or twine, string, yarn, etc.
-Stencils (optional)

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

1. Lay out your paper and measure how much will be needed for the gift.

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

2. Draw or paint your design on the front of the paper. Here we used stencils with a foam brush to apply some basic paint in fun holiday shapes.

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping  DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

3. Add any finishing touches.

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

4. Wrap as you normally would.

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

5. For extra pizzazz, we used a strip of torn fabric as the bow on this gift. Simply snip at the width you would like your faux-ribbon and pull downward to create an organic edge. Tie around your gift and voila!

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

6. Fashion some name tags out of your paper scrap, using a hole-punch and string to attach. BAM! Your personalized gift is ready for giving!

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

The best part of this project is that there is absolutely no wrong way to do it. You can get as creative as you want! Just walk around your house and look for items to trace, ornaments to attach, or glitter to sprinkle on. We promise the person getting this gift will be smiling well before they tear into that beautiful, repurposed paper!

DIY Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

Still looking for that perfect gift? Hop on over to your closest Earthbound location for an endless array of gift-able goodies!


If you need a little more inspiration, here’s how a few customers have reused our shopping bags for their own gift wrap!

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping by @yourpeachpie Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping by @_abriese

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping by @kaylaroams

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping by @yourpeachpie

Instagram photo credit goes to @yourpeachpie, @_abriese & @kaylaroams

IG Costume Contest – We Have a Winner!

Congrats to @gypsymothsol, also known as Katelyn Demidow, for her winning entry in our Instagram Costume Contest! She’ll be receiving a $100 Earthbound gift card.

Contest Winning Photo by @gypsymothsol

A shout out to our two runners up, @bratch and @wici14 who also created awesome costumes with our masks!

EB Costume Contest Entry by @bratch EB Costume Contest Entry by @wici14

Thanks to everyone else who joined in on the fun! You can check out the rest of the entries here. Keep an eye out for more contests in the future!

IG Costume Contest – Win a $100 EB Gift Card

[Contest has now closed. Stay tuned for a winner announcement!]

Using an Earthbound Venetian or Day of the Dead mask for your Halloween costume? You have 4 days left to enter our Instagram Costume Contest! Tag your Instagram pics with #ebcostume and #earthbound and YOU could win a $100 EB gift card! Contest ends on November 3, so get those Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Weekend After Halloween Party pictures in for a chance to win!

Win $100 gift card in the 2013 Earthbound Costume Contest!

[Submissions accepted until 11/03/13. Winner announced 11/04/13. Earthbound does not sell online, so winner must redeem gift card at a physical EB location. Under 18 must have parent or legal guardian permission to participate. Prizes not claimed by 11/30/13 will be forfeited.]
Check out some of your competition!

@kmwojcik @zsnyder2290 @gypsymothsol

@annamohammed3 @wmknight32

@martitaromo
Thanks for entering, @kmwojcik, @zsnyder2290, @gypsymothsol, @annamohammed3, @wmknight32 &@martitaromo!

National Cat Day!

Did you know that today is National Cat Day? Well, it is! To celebrate, we’re sharing photos of some of the kitties near and dear to our hearts here at Earthbound HQ. If you’re ready to add a feline to your family, we recommend checking out the listings for adoptable cats at shelters in your area on the ASPCA website.

Jade - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Izzy - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Jade || Izzy

Keefer & Petunia - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!  Calypso - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Keefer & Petunia || Calypso

Boris & Big Kitty - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Boogins - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Boris & Big Kitty || Boogins

Allie - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Snoop - Celebrating our cats on National Cat Day!

Allie || Snoop

P.S. Fact: Cats are awesome.

DIY: Painted Sugar Skull Pumpkins

DIY: Painted Sugar Skull Pumpkin with Free Template

We couldn’t get enough of those carved sugar skull pumpkins so we thought we’d try another round and another tutorial – this time for painted pumpkins!

We made paint-friendly versions of our stencils. Click the links below to download your stencils!

Set of 3 Large Templates (7.5″x7.5″)
Set of 3 Small Templates (5″x5″)

Tools-
1- pumpkin – we used a large one, but small ones are super cute too.
2- acrylic craft paint – white plus 3 other colors of your choice. We used red, blue and green but the possibilities are endless! What about neon, or glow in the dark?
3- black paint pen.
4- sponge brushes – you can find these cheap at any hardware or craft store. We used one for each color of paint.
5- clear tape – nothing heavy duty, you just want to hold your stencil down lightly.
6- x-acto knife or fine-tip scissors – just pick whichever you will find easier for cutting fine detail.
7- stencil (and access to a printer) – there are many to choose from online, or you can print one of ours!

Procedure-
1- Print out the stencil you need according to the size of your pumpkin – We printed ours on cardstock so it would be a little more sturdy.
2- Cut out white areas on the stencil with x-acto knife or scissors.

Cut out your sugar skull stencil with an x-acto knife

Tape your stencil to your pumpkin

3- Paint a general skull shape on pumpkin in white paint – You can use the stencil as a guide, but note that black sharpie will show through the white acrylic paint, so you don’t want to outline in sharpie. You will need two or three coats of paint. Be sure to let the paint dry between coats; wet paint will just wipe off on your brush!
4- Tape the stencil over the (dry!) white acrylic skull. If the edges of the skull extend beyond the stencil edges that is ok, but make sure you put a little paper under the tape to protect the painted area from contact with the tape. The adhesive on the tape will pull acrylic paint off the surface of your pumpkin.
5- Paint the cut out areas in the stencil in various colors – Since you’re using a flat stencil on a round surface you may need to hold your stencil down wherever you are painting.
6- Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely.

Remove the stencil and let your paint dry

Outline the painted areas with a black paint pen

7- Use the black paint pen to outline the various colored shapes or freehand additional details.

 

We made some of our own at home too, freehanded just for fun. Make your own, with our stencils or freehanded, and send us pictures! Post them via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #earthbound and #ebpumpkins! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Freehand Painted Pumpkins

DIY: Carved Pumpkins, Day of the Dead Style!

 

We’re getting excited about fall weather and fall holidays here at Earthbound! In typical EB fashion we’re celebrating not just Halloween but the Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. On November 1st and 2nd, many families will visit churches and cemeteries to remember their lost loved ones. They will make traditional gifts of sugar skulls, candied pumpkin, and pan de muerto (bread of the dead).

Follow along with our Do-It-Yourself sugar skull pumpkin carving project and celebrate with us!

Set of 3 Large Templates (7.5″x7.5″)
Set of 3 Small Templates (5″x5″)

Tools-

1- pumpkin – After carving our small pumpkins we concluded that larger pumpkins are easier for this project!

2- pumpkin carving kit or set of tools – We used an x-acto knife and linoleum carving tools ($7.42 from Dick Blick art supply) but there are many (many!) cheap pumpkin carving kits with mini saws and hole punches at your local grocery or party supply store.

3- black sharpie.

4- clear tape – nothing heavy duty, you just want to hold your stencil down.

5- x-acto knife or fine-tip scissors  –  just pick whichever you will find easier for cutting fine detail.

6- stencil (and access to a printer to print it) – there are many to choose from online, or you can print one of ours!

7- tealight candle.

Procedure-

1- Prepare your pumpkin! Cut the top off and scrape out the guts and seeds. We found it looks best to have the edge of the “lid” as far from the carving area as feasible, rather than being centered on the stem.

2- Print out the stencil you need according to the size of your pumpkin – We printed ours on cardstock so they would be a little more sturdy.

3- Cut out black areas on the stencil with x-acto knife or scissors.

4- Tape the stencil onto your pumpkin. The design will be more visible at a distance if the face is higher, rather than lower on the pumpkin.

5- Outline the cut out areas in the stencil in sharpie – Since you’re using a flat stencil on a round surface you may need to hold your stencil against the surface of the pumpkin as you trace.

6- Remove the stencil and begin carving! Remember that your sharpie lines were all drawn in the inside of the stencil holes, so you can carve just outside of the sharpie lines. Otherwise follow any specific instructions on your carving kit. Thinning the wall of the pumpkin where you are planning to carve from the inside may be helpful for thicker pumpkins.

7- When you are finished carving, light your tealight candle and lower it into the pumpkin. Tongs may be useful for this!

8- Turn off the lights, oooh and ahhh.