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Gift Bag Re-do


I love embellishing plain packaging to make it look more special and often times just a few minutes, and a little ribbon, can totally change the look. Around the holidays I took a plain paper bag, typed a sentiment on a doily and wrapped it with several different ribbons, EX31, EX61, RJ14. It turned out so pretty and took hardly any effort!



And of course there are the goodies to give that time of year too. Here I whipped up some cinnamon pecans for our neighbors and because I couldn't leave the jar plain added RJ14 and RG46. A tag and pretty embellishment from American Crafts topped it off.



And then there are all those gifts bags we seem to get, that I know for me pile up unless I use them!  Take this bag I received for Christmas:



Nothing is really wrong with it, but I wanted to jazz it up…and I wanted to use it for a birthday gift instead of for the holidays. Enter in May Arts ribbon and some scrapbooking stash to the rescue!

I decided on a bright, cheerful color scheme since it was for a birthday…and also because it has been overcast and cold here–I wanted to see some bright,happy colors and flowers!



For a little extra contrast I added some sewing between the two patterns to anchor them together, as well as some dimensional adhesive to place one flower on top of another.



The SM09 Burlap/String was perfect for tying the cardstock heart around the sentiment tag. Some flowers were added to tie in with the larger floral patterned paper.



Here you can see the bag in it's entirety…a much different look than before! I cut off the handles and replaced them with 368-15-18 Faux Linen ribbon, which if you have not held in your hands you must! It is so pretty and has a soft texture–definitely one of my favorites.



Now you are ready to give that special gift. My littlest guy had to check it out

 and was totally bummed to not find a present inside!



So before you give a great gift in plain packaging, consider giving it a “re-do”!


Blog Post by: Lexi Bridges

  1. samantha Sibbet

    Love the packaging Lexi, you make it all look so hip, so anthro!

  2. Suz

    Love all of these little projects, but especially item # 2!


  3. Charlene

    Adorable way to recycle…Love that ribbon handle and your little helper is pretty cute too!

  4. Pam Loris

    I love decorating plain bags! Love this one, and the other packages too!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nancy Peterson

    Very cute and so easy to do. Really love all the ribbons with repeated patterns on them ie, christmas trees, hearts, pumkins. So very cute, haven’t ever seen any of them. Would be fun to use on cards too.


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