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Pipsqueak Paparazzi Camera Strap

Snap! Snap! Grab your camera (or better yet – grab a mac n’ cheese box and our eco-friendly, Box Play For Kids camera sticker). This Sunday, June 29th, is National Camera Day. Yes, it’s a thing…AND what better excuse to get crafty with your pipsqueak paparazzi this weekend? This easy-peasy-mac n’ cheesy camera-strap project is sure to inspire creativity indoors and all around town.

What you’ll need: The basics include an empty mac n’ cheese box, our BPFK camera sticker, and a pair of scissors. Then you’ll need to do a little rummaging around your house for ribbons, belts, shoelaces, old tees, old tights, old ties, etc. Use your imagination and dig around for anything that you could possibly cut up or braid together to make a camera strap. You might also want rubber bands or elastic hair ties (optional).

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Step 1: Carefully apply our specially-sized camera sticker to your average mac n’ cheese box. Our crack-and-peel backing makes it easy to line the sticker up just right.

2.peeling.sticker Step 2: Take a few of your rummaged strings and straps and tie them together at one end but leave some excess sting/chord/tie/shoelace/whatever so you can easily attach to the camera at the end. I’m using an old wrinkled tie, a pair of shoelaces (that I knotted together), and a recycled gift ribbon. Then braid everything together.

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Step 4: Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully poke a hole towards the top of each side flap. Tie a knot with a rubber band or hair elastic and string through the hole to create a loop for your strap. You could also skip the rubber band and thread your strap directly into the box. Tape the flaps closed. 

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Step 5: Attach the finished strap to your elastic loops or thread directly into the cardboard flaps. Then hand over the camera to your little pipsqueak paparazzi and get snapping.

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Here’s another variation with ribbons and some recycled, kiddie dance tights.

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Happy National Camera Day from BPFK!

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Happy Easter, Everybunny!

We partnered up with Bashas’ Supermarkets, our hometown grocer, for the 4th Annual Easter Festival at The Wigwam Resort hosted by Hickman’s Family Farms.  We created custom bunny ear stickers that repurposed hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls. The ears were a huge hit!

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Thank you, Bashas’, for supporting small local businesses. We had a blast!

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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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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!

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

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Octo-Mobile

At Box Play for Kids we are all about reusing, recycling, and repurposing which is why we love thinking about new ways to use our products. We hope this DIY octo-mobile (using our octopus sticker) will add a pop to your nursery and bring smiles to your baby.

Supplies: a few small branches, spray paint {go with a non-toxic latex or water-based option, especially for a nursery}, 6 toilet paper rolls, 6 BPFK octopus stickers, ribbon, clear twine, scissors, and an exacto knife.octomobile_1_new

 

 

Step one: spray paint the branches. You may need to do several coats. Let dry in between coats and rotate as needed.

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Step two: Apply the octopus stickers to the toilet paper rolls while the branches are drying. Cut along the dotted lines to create tentacles.

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Step three: Using an exacto knife, carefully puncture two small holes on opposite ends of each octopus’ head. 

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Step four: Cut the clear twine into six, 12-inch pieces. Thread a piece of twine through the two holes on each octopus and tie a small knot to secure. Leave a long tail of twine for attaching to the branches.

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Step five: Once the branches are dry to the touch, arrange them like spokes on a wheel. Don’t worry if the spacing between each branch is uneven. Weave ribbon around the center axis to secure placement. Leave a long loop of ribbon for attaching to the ceiling.

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Step six: Attach the octopuses to the branches using the clear twine tails. Arrange the octopuses at different heights and locations along the branches until the mobile is balanced. Hang and enjoy! Note: Be sure your mobile is carefully and tightly secured (far from reaching distance) above the baby’s crib, as branches may be sharp. 

 

Press Release: “Blogger’s Best Award” NYIGF 2012

Press Contact:
Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251
cathysteel@cathysteelassociates.com
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FIVE BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS PRESENTED AT NYIGF’S BABY & CHILD

“Bloggers’ Best” Award Presented to Box Play for Kids® Stickers

 

NEW YORK, NY, August 21, 2012… Five companies were presented with Baby & ChildBest New Product Awards” today, with Box Play for Kids® receiving the “Blogger’s Best” distinction for Box Play for Kids Stickers. Baby & Child, one of 10 divisions in the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), runs through Wednesday, August 22, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

In addition to the semi-annual “Blogger’s Best” award, Baby & ChildBest New Product Award” winners are recognized for excellence in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of eight editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites selected products which exemplified innovation, design and style.

The summer 2012 winners and finalists, selected from 116 products, are:

BLOGGER’S BEST:

Box Play for Kids® (Phoenix, AZ) for Box Play for Kids Stickers, eco friendly stickers made of 100 percent recycled paper that turn old boxes into new toys.

TOY:
Winner: PlanToys, Inc.
(Mountain View, CA) for Play House, a three-story rubberwood and PlanWood doll house with a handle to carry and a rooftop that becomes a garden.

Finalist: Fat Brain Toy Co. (Elkhorn, NE) for Tobbles Neo stacking toy.
Finalist: Juratoys US Corp
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) for Magnetibook Crazy Face.

DÉCOR:
Winner: HABA® USA
(Skaneateles, NY) for Teepee Play Tent, a portable personal space for little explorers to take exciting and creative adventures.

Finalist: Magicforest, LTD (Portsmouth, NH) for Fly With Me Hot Air Balloon Music Box.

Finalist: Milk Moon Kids (Cincinnati, OH) for Growth Charts.

GEAR:
Winner: aden + anais®
(Brooklyn, NY) for Serenity Star, a 5-in-1 electronic sleep and feeding system for mom and baby.

Finalist: MadPax (Phoenix, AZ) for BUBBLE nibbler.

Finalist: Love Mae (Stokers Siding, Australia) for Tableware – Melamine Dinnerware.

 APPAREL:
Winner: Pipopipo™
(Los Angeles, CA) for Pipopipo friends socks, which come in a reusable bamboo package with three pairs of socks designed either for boys or girls.

Finalist: Cutey Booty
(Mount Pleasant, SC) for Girl & Boy Outfit.
Finalist: Keepsake Threads (Fort Wayne, IN) for Upcycled T-Shirt Baby Bibs.

“Across the board, Baby & Child showcases innovation and new design directions,” said Randi Mohr, Baby & Child Sales Manager. “These products in particular stand apart in their inspired excellence.”

The Best New Product Award judges were: Joanna Dreifus, MyMomShops.com; Joann Fallon, Baby & Kids; Lynda M. Johnson, KidsStyleSource.com; Caroline Kennedy, Playthings; Jane Kitchen, Kids Today; Nancy Lombardi, Toys & Family Entertainment; Leesa Valentino, TheGiggleGuide.com; and Angela Velasquez, Earnshaw’s.

Baby & Child features 150 companies offering sophisticated and purpose-driven products for children 0-10 years. NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware.

The winter 2013 NYIGF edition will take place Saturday, January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.

NY International Gift Fair 2012

Box Play for Kids is headed to New York! We will be at the NY International Gift Fair (NYIGF) on August 19-22. If you’re headed that way, too, find us at booth #5918.
Here’s a peek at our online catalog for the show.
As if attending the show wasn’t awesome enough, we’re also one of seven finalists for the Eco Choice Award in the “Most Sellable” category. We would be honored if you would take a minute and vote for BPFK here. The last day to vote is TOMORROW – Wednesday, August 8.

The Story Behind Our Brand featured in “The New York Times Style Magazine”

“As all parents of toddlers know, there are two things the kids can’t get enough of: stickers and empty boxes.” Big shout out to T Magazine, The New York Times Style Magazine, for sharing the story behind our brand and for showcasing some of our favorite stickers!Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 3.00.37 PM

 

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