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21 Feb 2013


One day, while we were checking a long list of blogs we usually check out in searching for ideas, inspiration and some desires to work, we came across a decoration we really felt in love with.

Easy shape and great look, so we decided to make a tutorial with pictures to show you step by step this awesome decoration. We have included a freebie as well because we want you to have the chance to make it at your home.

- Coloured papers in different prints. To make the job easier, you can download and print the ones we designed specially for you.

- Scissors

- Craft punch of 1 ½” of diameter

- Hand punch of 1/8”.

- Satin cord

- A little box, we’ve chosen the model 1501 of our website in M size. 


1.     Download and print the piece of paper with coloured bands in different prints we’ve previously prepared for you. Cut the bands and punch some circles with the craft punch of 1 ½” (38 mm) of diameter.

2.     Mark in the paper circles, two points with a 1 cm separation and make a hole on them with a drill of 1/8”.

3.     Put the satin cord through the holes, as pretending to thread.

4.     Put the cord around the box and tight it in the base.

Here is your rounded decoration! Easy to make and great look!

19 Feb 2013


Is there anything cuter than a macaron? Sure, a dozen of macarons! These French confectioneries are so yummy and so beautiful that they can be the main attractive of your event, with an invitation for all the guests according to subject.

The idea, carried out by Lauren Elise Crafted for the digital publication of Valley&Co, can be accomplished with our box 1505_M.

 The invitation card that the designer made for the occasion, you can download it here.

By the way, for the colourfulness we recommend you to use the yellow one and complete it with a printed label with a witty sentence, the guest name or even with one of the macarons image!

Start planning your event or your macarons party or picnic because the macaron box is going to arrive soon at SelfPackaging.

Can’t wait to see it!

14 Feb 2013


Everybody knows Valentine’s Day but… does everybody know what it really means and where it comes from?
Some of you might think it’s an invention of the malls. Unfortunately for the first time it’s not, this festivity has its origins, although we have different versions of it.

There are different theories about this celebration, but it seems that the Valentinus one is the most common one.
It was a 14th of February of the year 270 when a man named Valentinus was martyred for marrying young soldiers. During Claudius II Empire, this Christian priest married young soldiers with their young ladies. That’s the reason why Valentinus is currently the patron saint of lovers. 

Claudius thought young soldiers with no family bonds were better soldiers than the bonded ones. That’s why Valentinus ideas were against his interests and he was sent to prison. Although he tried to convince Claudius to become Christian and he cured the blindness of an official’s daughter named Julia, he finally was martyred and executed a 14th of Februray of 270.

To remember him, Julia planted an almond tree next to Valentinus grave which will become a lover’s symbol later on.

However, the most well-known celebration is on the Feb. 14, some other countries celebrate it other days. In most of the South-American countries it is held in summer.

Other no Christian countries have taken advantage of this celebration as a consumerism celebration. That’s the Japanese case: one of the chocolates company in this country introduced this festivity. But in this case women are who give a gift to men. It doesn’t really matter if he is your lover, your father or your mate, but take into account that to your lover you should give as a present the most special chocolate for you. As a reward a month later, on 14th of March men give as a gift something white (white chocolate, underwear clothes…) to women, it is known as the White Day.

And why is Cupid involved in Valentine’s Day? Here it comes another theory. History says it was an ancient festivity in honor of Eros (for Greeks) and later on called Cupid for the Romans. In this case, it’s the other way round, a pagan celebration was turned into a Christian celebration. People asked for God favors, related to love, giving him presents and oblations.

Nowadays, we have a mixed and confused story based in the Valentinus one but with symbols of the Cupid one.

However they are not the only versions of the lovers’ day, in Northern countries is the period when birds match  and reproduce. It is said that lovers took this date as a love and creation symbol.

We find many kinds of versions for this day, but the summary is whatever the origin of this celebration is, it’s always a pleasure share your love with your loved ones.

And don’t hesitate to tell us your own country version… ;)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

7 Feb 2013


If you didn’t have time to ask for your wishes at New Year’s Eve, let the fortune cookies predict them for you. Or even better make your own fortune sentences and share luck with everybody.
Once you’ve already chosen your fortune sentences, it’s time to make the cookies. It’s true, you can bake them, but we are so fans of paper and cardboard handmade that we can’t resist making them of these materials.

What we need
Colour papers, Scissors, Pencil, Glue, Something round about 10cm of diameter, such as a rounded lid

Mark the outline of the round object on the colour paper, or you can use a compass to do it if you are more precise and mathematic. Make the circles you wish. The more you draw, the more fortune you’ll have ;)

Once it’s done, bend it half way and push with your finger at the centre, as you pretend to get together the opposite sides of the circles. You can see it properly on the image below. Once the mark is done, glue this central part.

And ready to eat… I mean ready to open! ;)

Do you have everything ready to celebrate the Year of the Snake this Sunday? We have a great combination of boxes ready for our guests. The Chinese noodles box it will be the ‘must’ of the party.

And you, are you ready for this reptile year?

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