Monday, December 17, 2012

Craft Paper Gift Bags

I bought a set of six craft paper gift bags at Hobby Lobby 
(Original price $3.99 at 50% off = $1.99 which is  roughly .33 cents a bag)  
to decorate them myself for Christmas gift giving.

 I shot these pictures quickly with my cell phone so they aren't my usual 
quality but I think you will understand what I did. This is my ugly vinyl
tablecloth that I use for my crafts so pay no mind to it!

First I put a weight inside to help the bag stay open  
(I happened to have a small 3 x 3 x 6 gift box that I put a cup in for weight.  
 I used wrapping paper for my accent. 
I decided on a width that I wanted the wrapping paper to be.  
I left an extra inch so I could fold in each side 1/2".  
I like the foil paper because it has some body and is pretty easy to work with.
 The width of the roll worked out pretty close to the overall length I was 
going to need to go under and up both sides.  

I started on one side by creasing the top where I needed to make a fold.  
Then I put some Elmers glue on the back so I could stick it to the paper bag to keep it from shifting and from hanging loose away from the bag. 
I did not put glue on the folded edge of the foil that is laying against the bag because I figured it wouldn't stick and I'd end up with dried glue that would look bad.

I put glue on the bottom also and then I came up the other side and did the 
same fold and glued it.  
I used my hands both inside and out gently pressing just enough 
to get the two papers to join.

  I used this wide ribbon as an accent against the wrapping paper. 
I guided it up the bag with my hand and creased it over the top.

 I cut both ends of the ribbon to be the same inside the bag and used the 
Elmers glue again to keep it in place.

I gathered the two handles and tied on a ribbon.  
This was my first run through and I think I'll work on making the 
ribbon a little fancier on the handles.

 Overall this was a pretty inexpensive project and I'll have six bags in the end for a small investment and they are customized to my liking.  
I'll add some tissue to make it ever prettier as I start to fill them!

I will be joining 
Between Naps on the Porch 
for
Metamorphosis Monday
  


7 comments:

  1. Hi Liz,

    Your handmade gift bags are so charming! I love the leopard print with matching wrapping paper - so unique. It looks like you are all set for the holidays.

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  2. Hello Sweet Lizzy!

    How's the life over the Big Apple? Hectic when it is a week b4 Christmas? Ahhh... thanks that my family are not really that crazy about Christmas. We'll wait until the New Year.

    You are such a dear inspiration on your ideas. This is absolutely great one.

    Greetings from a snowy Stockholm,
    /CC girl

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  3. These are really pretty...with kind of a sexy vibe! Did you have Barry White playing in the background while you were creating these? :-) They're so modern and so fashionable (EVERYTHING looks better with a little animal print!)...but I'm still feeling that "Bolero" thing! :-) :-) :-)

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  4. I would love the craft paper bag alone (haha), but this looks so fun. What elegant ribbon and papers! Beautiful!

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  5. Gorgeous.....It's my style of decorating. Great project with so much elegance and inexpensive. Woo Hoo!

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