We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.
Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.
You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.
Paper gift bag supplies
scrapbook paper (12×12)
Step 1: fold the edges inward
Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.
Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag
Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.
Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.
Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.
Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag
Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.
Step 4a: create the basket
Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.
Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.
The section you’re holding should meet the fold.
Repeat that step on all 4 sides.
Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket
Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.
Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag
Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.
Step 7: tie it with a bow
Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.
We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.
You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.
So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.
Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.
Glass Orb Keychain
Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!
Orange Cream Lip Balm
Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.
Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings
For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!
Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.
While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?
Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames
Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.
Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.
These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.
If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.
Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?
In the last few weeks I’ve noticed the streets and malls getting busier. You can tell that Christmas is coming up. Unlike most people, you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a mall or shopping center right now.
I have a system. Around Black Friday, I swear off shopping malls and hobby shops. I plan out a month or so of craft projects and DIY gifts, wait for a great coupon and get everything I need in one trip. I do most of my non DIY-Christmas shopping online. It’s a stable process.
Homemade gifts are the best, especially ones that evoke emotion, which makes picture frames perfect. Think about who you want to gift these to. What room might they hang them in (consider the colors)? What are the best memories you have with that person?
Go to Michael’s or another Hobby Shop and get the supplies below to make your own.
Ribbon hanging frames supplies
hot glue and gun
Step 1: trace the wood frame
Flip the scrapbook paper over, backside facing up. Trace the front of the frame on the back.
Tip: pay attention to which frame you trace on which piece of scrapbook paper. Often, the frames are unique, even though they look similar.
Step 2: paint the frames
Paint the frames a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you plan to decorate it with. I chose blue, green and yellow scrapbook paper, so I painted the frames those colors.
Let it dry.
Step 3: cut out the scrapbook paper framing
While your frames dry, cut out the traced frame.
Tip: Use scissors for the outside and an Xacto knife for the inside.
Step 4: glue on the scrapbook paper
Brush the Mod Podge onto the frame and adhere the scrapbook paper cut out.
Let it dry.
Tip: Sometimes the edges lift a bit. Use a small paint brush to ensure the are are securely fastened to the frame.
Step 5: add the ribbon
Arrange the frames in a vertical line, so the top of the lower frame is lined up with the bottom of another.
Glue the end of the ribbon to the top corner of the lowest frame. Then, glue it up the edge of the frames.
When you get to the to top, leave some slack. This will be how the recipient will hang the frames.
Then, glue the ribbon down the opposite side of the frames like in the image above.
When you’re finished, pop your favorite memories into the photo slots. Your recipient will be so excited to hang up your frames!
I’d love to hear your feedback! Leave them in the comments.
Halloween is right around the corner and trick or treaters are ready for their candy.
Every year, the apartment complex I live in participates in trick or treating for the kids in the building and I always use it as an opportunity to get creative. This year, I’m aiming at the treat bags. Since I have a surplus of Halloween scrapbook paper, this was an ideal project.
It’s a really easy craft and doesn’t take too long. Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this route if you’re going to be giving candy out to more than 20 kids. You’ll be crafting for quite a while.
If you’d like to make your own, gather these materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Halloween Treat Bag Supplies
Halloween-themed scrapbook paper
Step 1: cut your scrapbook paper
Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to about 6×8″.
Step 2: fold the paper into a cylinder
Create a cylinder with your halloween paper and tape it in place.
Step 3: tape the bottom of the treat bag
Pinch one end of the cylinder and tape it shut. This will be the bottom of the treat bag.
Step 4: fill the treat bag & seal it
Drop in the candy. I recommended mini candy bars, jelly beans, fruit snacks or other small treats.
Then pinch the top of the treat bag closed, but in the opposite direction of the bottom (in step 3). Tape it in place.
You’re done! Make a few more and you’re ready for parties and trick or treating!
I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments!
This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their October craft projects.
Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.
Every year, the kids in my apartment complex get to participate in Trick or Treating. Unfortunately, we’re not home very often and Halloween is no exception. So, I always put a big bowl of candy outside the door and let the kids take what they want.
This year, I decided to upgrade my candy bowl by decorating a old dish washer pod container. Originally, I wanted to make a pumpkin out of it, but I couldn’t find orange Duck Tape anywhere. So, obviously, that didn’t work out. I had to settle with my witch hat decorated box.
If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below.
Duck Tape candy bowl supplies
witch hat outline
Dish washer pod container
Duck Tape (purple, black and green)
Step 1: download the witch hat
Right click on the image above and open the image in a new tab. Then click print.
You can choose to scale the image if you need a smaller or larger version.
Step 2: layer on the black Duck Tape
Wrap the container with black Duck Tape.
Step 3: cover the witch hat with Duck Tape
place your hat on a flat surface and cover it with purple Duck Tape.
Then, peal it off and flip it over.
Begin cutting around the hat.
Step 3: decorate the hat
Wrap a thin strip of green Duck Tape around the hat.
Step 4: tape the hat to the container
Create tape rolls and use them to adhere the hat to the container.
You’re finished! Set your candy bowl out on the table out outside the door if you’re in an apartment complex and wait for the Trick or Treaters to come.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.
It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.
I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.
If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.
Candle holder craft supplies
hot glue gun
burlap ribbon (wide)
rope and burlap flowers
Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon
The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.
Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon
Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.
Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.
Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.
Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers
Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.
Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.
As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.
If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:
You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.
My mother always had a green thumb and it’s definitely not something she passed down to me. If it’s green and been in my house for more than a month, it’s probably dead. I’m so bad at gardening, but I’m not giving up yet.
This weekend, I planted a new indoor herb garden. I had a living rosemary and mint plant and added parsley, a different kind of mint and basil. Cross your fingers that I can keep the new ones alive.
In the meantime, I wanted to make some cute plant/garden markers. These are really cute and really easy. If you haven’t given your mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, a nice herb garden with plant markers might work out for her.
They’re super easy to make. A little bit of creativity goes a long way.
Plant marker supplies
Step 1: label and sketch
On a brown gift tag, write the name of each herb and sketch around it.
Step 2: tie the label to the planter
Slip the string through the gift tag and tie it around the top of the planter.
Tilt the tag at a downward angle.
Now you have a lovely herb garden that’s beautifully labeled.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!
Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.
With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.
There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.
I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.
Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.
This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!
This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.
Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.
Gifts to DIY
It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.
Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.
Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.
This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.
More Gift Ideas
Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:
This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Christmas. I’ve had this one planned for a month or so and was excited to get started on it. Shadow boxes are so neat, but I never could think of something to put in them. So, why not Christmas ornaments?
Door decor materials
Note: I started with a cheap frame from the Dollar Store, but decided to switch to a much more stable shadow box from Michael’s.
Step 1: cut the ribbon
Cut a few strings of ribbon, preferably multiple colors, to different lengths.
Step 2: string the Christmas ornaments
Use the ribbon you just cut to string the Christmas ornaments.
Step 3: tie the ornaments to the shadow box
Pull apart the shadow box and tie the ornaments around the inner frame.
Tie them at different lengths to add some additional visual appeal.
When you put the box back together, be sure to move the tied ribbon as close together as possible so that they’re centered.
If they’re different lengths and you get diverse styles, you’ll end up with something like the above image.
When you’re finished, hang it on your door and enjoy the holidays!
Place the glass orb over top of the leaves you’re considering.
When you’ve chosen the placement, cut or rip around the orb so that your leaf shape is round.
Step 2: glue the leaf to the glass
Add a drop of glue to the glass orb and press your leaf down firmly.
Step 3: glue the orb to the pendant tray
Glue the orb to the tray and press it down firmly.
Let it dry.
Look how cute that is! Oh, and that texture looks amazing. Now you can have the changing seasons forever. You can put it on a necklace, bracelet or hang it from your Christmas tree. What a fun way to remember autumn.
I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.