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Just In Time: New Sticker Designs for Spring 2014

We asked our customers and teachers what they’d like to see from us next and the consensus was “Can you add more interactive components to your new sticker styles?”… and so we listened! We really appreciate all of your feedback because it definitely helps us evolve and grow.

Drum roll…

Rainbow Watches
These stickers will be packaged together (color and b+w version) and will allow the little ones to repurpose a toilet paper roll (cut in half) into fun learning tools. The kids will learn the old-school way to tell time and the colors of the rainbow – ROYGBIV! We intentionally left the minute and hour hands off so the kids can choose their favorite time of day and draw them in.

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Airplane
This new sticker style will include three stickers – the airplane body and wing graphics – as well as a craft stick to create the wings. The large sticker will include dotted lines to help guide you make the cuts needed for the craft stick. (Only adults should handle exacto knife but you already know that.)

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New Teacher Packs repurpose 1/2 pint school milk cartons
After testing these stickers in the classroom and at events, we decided to package them as sets of 25 since the maximum classroom size for pre-k and kindergarten is 22. The additional sets are for the teacher and/or teacher assistant and in case of any mistakes.

Frog
Optional: Once the four stickers have been applied. The kids can cut, curl and glue a tongue to the opening of the milk carton.

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Bumble Bee
Optional: The kids can create antennas using black pipe cleaners and yellow mini pom poms or tooth picks and a ball of tin foil. Let their imagination buzz, buzz, buzz!

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Single Sock Bunnies

Who doesn’t have a few single socks hanging around the laundry room?? Well, if you’re still waiting for the match to turn up, now is the perfect time to give up. At BPFK, we love to find creative ways to repurpose your would-be-trash into unique little treasures. Just in time for Easter, we’ll show you how to transform your miscellaneous socks into the cutest little bunnies – perfect for a centerpiece or just some fun, springtime decoration.

Supplies: 2 loose socks (non-matching), 2 rubber bands, dry rice, fabric glue (or hot glue), scissors, ribbon, cotton balls, 2-3 miscellaneous buttons, needle & thread (optional).sock bunny

Step 1: Start with one sock and fill about half way up the sock tube with rice. Secure the rice in the sock with a rubber band and use a second rubber band to separate the bunny head from the belly. {Hint: small, clear rubber bands work best if you have them.}sock bunny

Step 2: Using a second lost sock (preferably one with a contrasting color to the other sock), cut a small circle for the bunny’s belly. {Hint: Cut a semicircle out of a flat sock for symmetry.}  3.belly.patch

Step 3: Apply the belly patch using fabric glue. {Optional: use needle and thread to sew on the patch and add some contrast and detail to your sock bunny.} 4.belly.patch

Step 4: Detail time! Be creative with your bunny and add some button eyes, a button nose, a cotton ball tail and a neck ribbon. You can also use your sock scraps to make some cute buck teeth.  5.detail

Step 5: What’s a bunny without floppy ears?! Using scissors, cut down the sock tube down to the head. Shape and trim the ears to your liking. 6.ears


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Step 6: Display and enjoy. Happy Easter from BPFK!

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Here are other creative ways to recycle old socks. http://www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Your-Socks

 

 

 

 

Sustainability Solutions Festival: It’s Time To Find A Better Way

What is sustainability? “It means different things to different people. But it affects us all – how we treat one another, our planet and our future. Sustainability is the greatest opportunity we have today to ensure we have our best possible future.”

We are so honored to be a part of the first-ever ASU Sustainability Solutions Festival held February 17-22, 2014. This fun, full-day event focused on educating, entertaining and inspiring kids and parents about sustainability was held at Arizona Science Center. How can we all reduce, reuse, recycle and innovate for a better tomorrow?

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We created a custom eco-friendly binocular sticker for the event and had hundreds and hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls on hand to upcycle and re-purpose into interactive, simple toys with hundreds of kids. I brought along my enthusiastic little helper so it made the day even more special.

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Kids always think "outside of the box (or roll)".

Kids always think “outside of the box (or roll)”.

Custom designed binocular stickers for the event.

Custom designed binocular stickers for the event.

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Camel art made up of tiny plastic recycled toys.

Camel art made up of tiny plastic recycled toys.

A string instrument made by a kid using a recycled salt container and three rubber bands.
A string instrument made by a kid using a recycled salt container and three rubber bands.

Our neighbors at the event made DIY self-watering planters with recycled water bottles and string.

Our neighbors at the event made DIY self-watering planters with recycled water bottles and string.

A big thank you goes to ASU Sustainaibilty Solutions Festival for putting on this very impressive week-long festival and also to Arizona Science Center for hosting the event that launched this celebration!

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Stationery Trends: The Creative Process

Thank you Stationery Trends for featuring us in your Winter 2014 The Creative Process section.  We are truly honored.

Questions we were asked:

What was your inspiration?How long did development and design take?
Did you encounter any obstacles?
How many prototypes did you have?
How do you recommend your product be merchandised at retail?

 

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Now Available In Our Local Whole Foods

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We are excited to announce that our eco-friendly kids activity stickers are now available at Whole Foods just in time for the holidays! They will be carrying 7 of our styles (shown below). Thank you, Whole Foods, for supporting local companies. Now available at the Tempe location and at Town & Country in Phoenix.

Shark sticker repurposes an empty toilet paper roll

Shark sticker repurposes an empty toilet paper roll

Green Camo Binoculars repurpose two toilet paper rolls.

Green Camo Binoculars repurpose two toilet paper rolls.

Camera sticker repurposes a mac n cheese box.

Camera sticker repurposes a mac n cheese box.

Piano sticker repurposes an egg carton.

Piano sticker repurposes an egg carton.

Fire Truck stickers repurpose milk cartons into a fun, new toy.

Fire Truck stickers repurpose milk cartons into a fun, new toy.

Cow stickers repurpose milk cartons.

Cow stickers repurpose milk cartons.

 

School Bus stickers repurpose milk cartons into new toys.

School Bus stickers repurpose milk cartons into new toys.

 

 

Shop Local: Churn Phoenix

Churn makes their ice cream with lots of love and zero phony stuff. We love that. And that’s why we keep coming back.

Box Play for Kids | Churn Phoenix Delicious ice cream and daily fresh baked goods – for big and small alike. My husband and I love to combine Vanilla and Vietnamese Coffee ice cream.

Box Play for Kids Stickers | ChurnWe really appreciate the local support from Churn + Windsor. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a scoop and check out their fun and quirky selection of gifts and toys.

 

Box Play for Kids Stickers | Churn PhoenixEvery time I see this sign it makes me smile.

Churn is located at 5223 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Box Play for Kids Stickers | Churn PhoenixHere’s a recap of our visit to Churn.

Saddle Up! It’s Time for a Kickin’ Cowboy Party.

Howdy! Our little friend Dominic is turning 4 and we’ve put together ideas for his cowboy themed birthday party.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

We always like to create a focal point for our table design and build out. Our overall color palette for the party is blue and red. We used three of our Red Barn stickers that repurpose cereal boxes. We made horse cupcake toppers and placed them in the foreground to create a corral. I’m madly in love with this Mexican blanket on the diagonally – so vibrant and festive!

Each guest receives this customized party favor – cowboy hat, our Cow sticker wrapped in a blue bandana and a sheriff star. Yeehaw!

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We always like to have at least one simple DIY craft activity for the kids and parents. This time, we made cowboy mustaches using popsicle sticks and black construction paper.

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We made cowboy beans and corn on the cob for some yummy grub.

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The kids went wild for these cupcakes.

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So MOO-ch fun recycling a milk carton into a cow plaything.

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BPFK Cowboy Party

We recycled an Amazon box into horseshoes by cutting out the shapes and covering them with shiny silver duct tape – kid-friendly, light-weight and 100% fun!

BPFK Cowboy PartyGiddy up, ya’ll, it’s time for Dominic’s kickin’ party!!!

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Halloween Music List from Different Genres

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Here is our list of music picks to get your family and friends in the Halloween spirit:

Pop
Thriller by Michael Jackson
This is a favorite all year round.

Classical
Carnival of the Animals – Zoological Fantasy: VII. Aquarium

Oldie but Goodie (1962)
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

TV Theme Song
The Addams Family: Main Theme
This is our little one’s favorite especially the “tadadada (snap, snap)”

Disney
The Headless Horseman song – Thurl Ravenscroft
(Fun fact: was the voice of Tony the Tiger)

Soul
Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Calypso
Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte
This catchy song was used in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Shake, shake, shake!!!

Rock
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

Be sure to check out our Ghoulish Girly-Girl Halloween Party.

Ghoulish Girly-Girl Party

Pink and black is the new orange and black! This year, we put together a unique take on your typical Halloween party theme – we combined scary and pretty. And boy girl, is it ever memorable.

BPFK Halloween Pink HousesWe started by creating a centerpiece for our table from a row of pretty Pink Haunted Houses made with our eco-friendly, recycling craft stickers. All you need are three empty milk cartons and our Pink House stickers to begin building your party table. We repurposed shimmery fabric to give the illusion of a foggy night. We purchased wooden black trees to create a creepy, yet idyllic tree-lined street. From our central theme, we pulled together other elements to make this an unforgettable Halloween.BPFK Halloween Party Place SettingEach guest is greeted with a personalized place setting. BPFK Pumpkin SandwichesWe made pumpkin-shaped PBJ sandwiches with celery tops. I bet even my little one would be open to trying celery now.

Halloween Pink Houses CakeIt wouldn’t be a celebration without a yummy cake. We picked up this beauty at Tammie Coe Cakes – a bakery up the street from our house.

BPFK Halloween CarrotsWe served up healthy orange snacks. (Sorry, no Cheetos at this party.)

BPFK Mummies Utensil HoldersAs always, at Box Play for Kids, we like to repurpose recyclables whenever possible. These adorable mummy napkin rings can be made with empty toilet paper rolls, wiggly eyes, some gauze and a dab of glue.

BPFK Pink Spider StrawsWe found pink and white polka dot paper straws and embellished them with miniature spiders. We also found a pretty pink and silver ribbon to trim the tops of the black paper cups. It’s all in the details!

BPFK Halloween Party Cups
Here’s a quick recap of all the fun. Happy Halloween!

BPFK Halloween Party Idea 2013
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