Craft Cottage - Gift Bag Upgrades

Skill Level:

Beginner

Crafting Time:

Less than 1 hour

Material(s):

Craft Foam
Pipe Cleaners
Ribbon
Yarn

Category:

Gift Wrapping

Tag(s):

Nifty & Thrifty

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Gift Bag Upgrades

How many times have you gone to the store looking for the perfect gift bag, but either they don’t have what you’re looking for or the bags are overpriced? Here’s a solution to the dilemma… Buy a few inexpensive bags and vamp them up with your personal touch! When adding embellishments to bags, they don’t need to be elaborate; something cute and simple is all you need. Read on for some ideas from your favorite elves.

Cut a tree shape from a sheet of green foam, and then use embroidery thread to stitch a border along the edges. If you would like the effect of a stitched border, but do not want to sew anything, try using a marker or a gel pen to draw stitches on the foam. Then glue the tree on your bag for an instant upgrade.

Another option is to make an adorable snowman and glue him onto a bag. You can find the directions to make this foam snowman here. Print the template (download here) and scale up snowman pattern as desired.

If you don’t like the ribbon handles on your bag, simply replace them with some Christmas ribbon. Dig into your stash of craft supplies and get creative. You can easily make fancy gift bags for a fraction of the cost of store bought bags. Have fun!