It’s no secret that I love decorating care packages, but what I don’t love is hitting up multiple stores and spending a bunch of money in order to get the look I want. Even though I want to send a beautifully decorated box, I also recognize that I can’t break the bank on the decorations, especially if I want to actually have something to put in the box! Care package decor can be pricey (as most craft supplies are), but over the course of a few deployments, I’ve gathered a few go-to places for affordable care package decor.
Where to buy care package decor
Michaels and A.C. Moore have always been my go-to spots for care package decor paper and stickers. They regularly have coupons that can help you save a significant amount, especially if you plan your care packages in advance and buy paper in bulk. Hobby Lobby doesn’t always come to mind when you’re making your care package shopping list, but it has wonderful options! I love Hobby Lobby’s prices, frequently lower than their better known counterparts, and that I can shop online!
However, sometimes I have a very specific design in mind and can’t find what I’m looking for at the brick and mortar stores. That’s when I turn to online options, like Scrapbook.com. They can be a bit more expensive than traditional stores, especially since you have to pay for shipping, but it’s a great option for really unique paper.
You can always make your own care package decor with paint, photos, printed clipart or little ones’ artwork. Don’t forget that I make and sell pre-decorated care package flaps that take all the work out of decorating your care package! You can shop my designs here.
A note about purchasing paper: you’ll need at least 3 pieces for each box (more if you choose to line the inside). Most craft stores sell paper as single sheets (for 0.69-0.99 each) or paper packs for a variety of prices. If you’re planning multiple care packages in a similar color scheme, multi-sheet paper packs may save you time and money.
Saving money on care package decor
Once again, craft stores are great sources for these items, but they can get pricey very quickly! Consider shopping for supplies AFTER their seasonal peak. For example, oftentimes patriotic stickers are less than half price the week after 4th of July. Take advantage of those sales, use your coupons and remember that patriotic care packages are always appropriate for the military!
Another option is to make the long-term investment of purchasing a Cricut or Silhouette and using them to cut out letters and embellishments. I cannot gush enough about how much I love my Silhouette and the vast improvement in my care packages since I got it. Plus it’s nice knowing that I can make my decorations exactly the right size and not have to worry about finding stickers that fit.
My biggest tip for finding and saving money on care package decor is to think outside the box. Places like Target’s Dollar Spot or the Dollar Store offer seasonal or themed items that you can incorporate into your care package decor. You never know when you’ll find just the right item, so shop early in order to avoid that last minute purchasing panic (and the overspending that results from it).
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