One thing that really shocked me when I started living on my own was how expensive gift wrapping is! I always like to take the time to make gifts look nice before giving them to my friends and family but this was a pretty big challenge for a student on a budget. As I have gotten older my DIY ways have stuck with me so although I am capable of buying some nice gift wrap at this stage in my life, I still like to add a bit of homemade personality to my wrapping. It always makes the gift feel more meaningful to me when you know someone has not only bought you a gift but has also taken the time to wrap it with care.
To make these gift bags I used some brown paper bags I found at the dollar store, a sponge and some black paint. I started by cutting out my shape out of a sponge. Although the shapes still required touching up afterwards, the sponge stamp really helps to keep everything the right size. I have seen the method being used a lot lately and it really does work for those projects where you don’t really want perfect, clean lines but you want a uniform pattern.
After stamping the bags all you have to do is go back and fill in all of your outlines with some more black paint. You could also leave them as is if you were going for a more imperfect look.
I absolutely love these gift tags! Every other year I have made some myself but this year as I was browsing around Target I stumbled across these and thought they would make the perfect addition to my gifts this year. They worked out to about 10 cents a tag so you really can’t beat the price either!
Does anyone else really struggle with the tissue paper portion of gift bags? There seems to be a hidden art with it that I just can’t figure out so if anyone has any tips let me know! ;)