Time to Make the Bags and Tags!

By | 11/11/2012

Decorate Bags to Wrap Your Gifts

A few years ago, I actually stopped buying gift wrap and tags.  I started buying inexpensive bags from the local craft store and then decorated them to give my gift wrapping my own special touch.  I really enjoy making the bags and tags each year.  I always scour the clearance racks at craft stores throughout the year to get really good deals on the bags.  With some pretty tissue paper, it makes a nice presentation for a gift.  I also add a little ribbon around the handles to make a pretty bow.  All of these things can be reused which also helps the environment.  Gone are the days when you take out a giant garbage bag full of ripped apart gift wrapping.  Enter the days of a truly homemade holiday.  Just one more tradition to make the holiday special.

Close up of the bag decoration.

I used my Big Shot of course!  For this tag, I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I cut one from Sahara Sand and then one the same size from Designer Series Christmas Paper.  I cut that one in half and used snail to mount it like a frame along the edges of the Sahara Sand tag.  I also sponged the edges and center of the Sahara Sand tag with Sahara Sand ink, which gave it a nicely weather look.  I’m thinking the Wood Grain Embossing Folder might have been a nice touch!  The wreath was made with Garden Green embossed with Petals-a-Plenty Folder which was then cut with the 1 3/8″ circle punch first, then I used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch around the circle cut-out to create the wreath.  The sentiment is from the Polar Party Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip on sponged Sahara Sand cut into a banner shape.  I secure that to the tag with brads and added some ribbon and paper piercing at the curves to complete the bag decoration.

Tips to making bags and tags:

  • This is a chance to use up your scraps!  These are small projects, so those little squares of paper you’ve been saving all year are great for these projects.
  • Ditto the leftover ribbon pieces!!
  • These are quick projects, so have fun!  It’s so relaxing to make decorations for gifts for your family and friends.
  • The tags and bag decorations can later be removed to be used in a scrapbook for a holiday page!  Add a photo of the gift under the tree and the person opening the gift and you’ve got a completed scrapbook page!

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Happy stamping!


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