You and your kids can make some fantastic custom gift bags with coordinating gift tags just by mixing and matching a few supplies. The trick is to use coordinating papers and embellishments and then combine them in different ways to create a variety of looks. For this project I used flowers even though the bags and tags are for Christmas. I love the look of the paper flowers and when combined with the holiday colored buttons, they almost look like the shapes of snowflakes. Also, these supplies make it easy for even your youngest kids to help in the gift bag making.
Materials you need:
- Gift Bags with Handles – Christmas Set
- Christmas Color Assorted Plastic Buttons
- Darice® Paper Flower Petals Assortment
- Darice® Premium Canvas Texture Cardstock
- 3/16 inch White Curling Ribbon
- 3/16 Red Curling Ribbon
- Craft glue
There are no specific instructions for making these bags and tags. You can mix and match the different materials however you like. Cut shapes out of the paper, combine buttons, add bits of curly ribbon and stamp snowflakes until your heart’s content. You can create so many different looks just by combining the materials in different colors, sizes and patterns. One trick is to make sure your colors coordinate. Pick a dark green and a light green, for example and add in some neutrals such as white or brown to balance the brighter colors.
Make coordinating gift tags by picking one embellishment to feature. Adding one flower and a button to a tag will look lovely with any of the other bags. Again, you can cut different paper shapes, sizes and mix the colors to create the look you want. Have fun and happy gifting!
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Jen Goode is the owner and “doodler in charge,” a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996, developing art for a variety of uses in an array of mediums from handmade crafts to Graphic design and illustration. Jen, a designer member of CHA, is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 who shares her creative inspirations with other moms through her site Projects for Preschoolers and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Jen’s motto is “Inspiring Smiles Every Day.”