Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crafty Recycling - Gift Bag Makeover

Yesterday was my step-mum-in-law's b'day, so I had to whip up a quick little gift. :)  With my crafty schedule a little full at the moment, I had no time to make something myself, so I bought 2 little gifts.  However, since I just have to put my personal touch in somewhere, I decided to make her a little gift bag.  I did this by using a gift bag that I've had for a few years, but couldn't really use because it had some symposium logo printed on it:
Then I remembered that I'd collected some pretty pictures from a magazine years ago and file it away....so I thought I'd use some of that paper to cover up this logo.  I cut out a circle with my cool circle cutter goodie:
And decoupaged it onto the baggie:
Then I thought it looked a bit bland, so I went rummaging through my ribbon stash to see if I could find something that I could stick around the picture...and I found a roll of red streamer that I've had for YEARS!  I thought this stuff is flexible enough to work with, so I came up with this "design":
And it worked pretty good! :)  I glued it down with ordinary glue, using this awesome glue pen!:
This pen is so much fun to work with, it makes life so much easier!! :D
So then after finishing the design, I just glued down the little ruffles to make it look a little neater:
And added some bling where the join was to cover that up:
 And then I thought it'd be cute to add her name somewhere on the packaging, so I used one of these extremely cute little wooden slices:
And burned her name into it using my husband's soldering iron.  It didn't come out as neat as I wanted it to, because I couldn't hold the iron anywhere near the tip as I was writing (I really need to get me a proper wood burning goodie).  And then I used my cute and new little Dremel tool to drill a hole for the string!  (ok, so my husband drilled it this time, but anyway).  And, because I'd been wanting to use glitter for this gift bag since the beginning but didn't know where to add it, I added it to the name tag:
It looks a bit Christmas-y, I know, but nevermind, it's cute. :D
I tied this to the baggie with some red string:
I only noticed afterwards that the round glitter ring on the name tag matches the round ring around the picture on the bag. :D
I'm going to give it to her tonight!

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Crafty Creations said...

Terrific way to recycle the bag and I love that you chose the tulip picture. The streamer paper was a great idea too and I love that you burnished her name into the wood! She had to be thrilled with it!!

Regarding your question to me on my blog about the ribbon on a vertical card, what I do is put a slit down the crease of the card just long enough to fit the width of the ribbon. Then slide the ribbon through there and around the inside of the card and back out the front.
Hope that helps!

Naturally Me Creations said...

Thanx for the encouraging words, I'm glad you liked it! :D She really loved the little name tag!

And thanx for the tip about the card, i don't know why i didn't just think of doing that! :)

Dumpster Dude said...

So much can be done using innovative & creative ideas with the old & useless items, all depends on a person's creativity.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Wow! I didn't know they sold these. I just liked them when we were in the wood shop and decided to use the leftovers. How cool! Thanks for stopping in my blog.

Naturally Me Creations said...

Sherri, you're then lucky that you can get them for free, hehe! (although they're not really expensive here). Tnx for visiting! :)