Friday, December 16, 2011
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So I have a couple Christmas presents for people this year that aren't really wrappable due to their size and awkward shape. I saw this fun idea for making your own wrapping paper in the The Usborne Book of Christmas Art Ideas and realized I could use the same technique and make my own Christmas Gift Bags.
Now granted, I had intended on getting all of my gift wrapping done that day but then added in even more work by making these bags so lets just say gift wrapping is still on the TO DO list...But who cares...I just love my bags!
I'll give you the rundown of how I made them.
I started with plain old white lunch sacks. I happened to have them on hand because I bought them for another craft project, but they are less than $2 at Walmart. I got out the watercolors and for the ornament bag, I used different colors to paint on shapes for the ornaments. I pretty much copied the designs I saw in the book because I liked them so much. You want to thin the paint out a little more than normal for the ornaments because after they are dry, I went back with the same color, only thicker, and made dots or lines on the ornaments. You can see what I mean in the picture below.
After the watercolors were dry I used a journaling pen that writes thick and thin to outline the ornaments. The idea is to not make it look perfect, that's why it's so fun. I love getting to draw out of the lines on purpose. :) I also outlined the lines and circles inside the ornaments and added bows and strings like the ornaments were hanging. Lastly I used gold and red glitter glue to add dots all over the bag and some details inside the ornaments.
For the present bags, I just painted splotches of rectangles all over the bag. Then I drew rectangles around them and added ribbon and bow lines with the journaling marker. I also used a blue and purple marker to add more details to some of the presents.
Lastly, I used silver glitter glue to add dots on the bag and to highlight some of the ribbon on the presents.
When the glitter glue was completely dry, I punched a hole on each side of the bag and used small gift wrapping ribbon to make a little handle for the bag. I attached a gift tag while I was attaching the handle. Put your present in with some matching tissue paper and WAH-LAH....A cute homemade gift bag!
I know these are going to totally end up in the trash as my husband says, but who cares! I had fun making them. Plus they are unique and make a statement. hahaha! I'm a dork! :) Oh, and I totally made my husband tell me TWICE how cute they were before I would give him his dinner that night. LOL!
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