Gift Bags

Do you have a growing pile of plain brown gift bags taking up space in the closet? Take a break from crafting cards or scrapbook pages and recycle those bags into creative, handmade, one-of-a-kind gift bags.

Ever notice that whenever you actually need a gift bag you don't have the time to make one? Here's your opportunity to stock pile a few gift bags for the future.

My creative process is centered on the image that I choose to stamp. The concept of the project grows once I'm satisfied with focal point of the gift bag. I've included close up shots of each of the central images that inspired the finished project for the 3 gift bags pictured here.

This image is from the Studio 77 Collection at Queen Kat Designs

One of the many embellishments added to this gift bag is the blinged-out clothespin. I love making these and they're easily assembled with bling, buttons, flowers and a bit of strong adhesive. I use the 'Glossy Accents' brand adhesive. It really is awesome stuff - it holds the heavy bling in place and dries relatively fast and clear. I keep a hat pin handy to clear the nozzle out between uses.

Quite often a recycled bag will have a brand logo on both the front and the back. Although the major creative work is featured on the front of the bag, I put together a very simple extension of the main theme with a related stamp to cover up the logo on the back.

Both of the fairy images are available at Queen Kat Designs

The dress form rubber stamp used in this project is available from Stampington.

As shown in each of these three gift bags, these projects give you an opportunity to go through your specialty papers, embellishments and sizzix templates to create one-of-a-kind gift bags that are probably more fun to make than give away, but let's keep that between us.