DIY Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

So many friends and family members are getting married or having birthdays and I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.

You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.

diy gift bag materials

Things You Will Need
Hole puncher
Scrapbook paper

paper gift bag directions

Step 1
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.

fold over paper

Step 2
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.

folded bottom of paper bag

Step 3
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.

Taped bottom

Step 4
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.

Top of gift bag

gift bag with bow

Step 5
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.

DIY Paper gift bags

The thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s DIY project!

Happy crafting (and gift giving)!

Monogrammed Gifts That You Will Actually Use

Monograms have really made a comeback in the last year or so. Everyone thinks that, just because that can put some lettered vinyl on almost anything, they should. So many people end up with Christmas or birthday gifts that they will never use, just because their initials are on it. Those initials can be really great, but they shouldn’t be plastered onto everything. Use monograms for good! Put them on gifts that make sense to display them, like casserole carriers, luggage tags, or growlers.

Thanks to all of these Etsy shops for providing great gifts!

Enjoy 🙂


Monogramed cell phone case

Monogramed cell phone case



monogramed clutch

monogramed clutch



monogrammed cutting board

monogrammed cutting board



lettered casserole carrier

Monogramed casserole carrier



monogrammed cake carrier

monogrammed cake carrier



monogrammed luggage tag

monogrammed luggage tag


monogrammed growler

monogrammed growler

DIY Candle | Holiday Gift

DIY layered candle

Here is post #2 of the DIY Holiday Gift Series. This one is easy but takes about an hour to get together. That is still pretty quick for a candle, right? The girl you are giving it to will enjoy it 🙂




Things You Will Need:
A Pot
Glass Jar
Candle Wax
Candle Wick

Step 1: (I skipped the picture. I know you know what water in a pot looks like :-D)
Pour a small amount of water into your pot and place it on your stove burner. You want to heat the water but not necessarily bring it to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to heat up get your glass jar and remove all of the department stickers (if you haven’t already). Tip: using soap and hot water helps to rub off the soap much faster.

melting the wax

Step 2:
Break up your scented wax of choice and put it in the glass jar.

When your water is toasty and steaming use your tongs to pick up the glass jar and place it in the hot water. Now you will be waiting for a while. Make sure you stay in the kitchen while you are waiting to make sure your glass jar stays upright. Ideally you would hold it there with your tongs but I am as impatient as you are so I realize that this isn’t going to happen. Honestly, it will be fine, but stay in the general area.

secure the wick

Step 3:
After all of your wax has melted pick it up with your tongs and place it on a hard surface. Put a wick down into the wax and secure it however you want. I find wrapping the wick around a utensil to be the easiest. You will have to let it sit for while until it dries. The waiting time will depend on how big the jar you chose is. Smaller ones will take less time.

second layer

Step 4 (optional):
If you want to be cute you can add another layer of a different scent when the first layer is dry. Just pour the wax on top and let it dry.

The first layer of wax has to be completely dry though! If it isn’t dry when you pour the hot wax from the second batch then, the first will cave in and the waxes will mix. It really doesn’t look pretty… I tried. I’ll spare you the picture though.

When the wax is dry, cut the wick to about 1/2 inch above the wax.

You can decorate the jar if your feel extra crafty. The shape of mine is a bit awkward though, so I am going to pass on that.
DIY layered candle

Option 2:

You can do it like Shey does on her blog. This is more of a from scratch method. It is a good one but if you are in a pinch and don’t have more than an hour or two to get something together then you can go the route I went. I don’t like to procrastinate but I understand why people do so, this is a quick and easy way to get something pretty together 🙂

Happy crafting

Gifts For Him

I gave you an idea of what to give the girl in your life for Valentine’s Day and a few of you emailed me and asked what I recommend you give the men in your lives. Here are some suggestions for you. Very last minute though.

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Things You Pay For:

Leather Wallet


Man Cave Sign. Every man should have one of these if he has a room of his own.


Bacon Flavored Chapstick. Seriously girls… What man doesn’t enjoy bacon?


Beer Sign




Dodge Clock

Things You Make:

Record Bowl- Awesome!


Tread Belt




Peg Board Organizer


Car Wash Kit


Hemp Bracelet



Men, if you have anything to add please feel free to do so!