Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Bags Formed with a Neat New Tool

Once upon a time I used to make gift bags from recycled wrapping paper.  To this day I can't stand wasting pretty paper and so when I found this new gift bag punch by We R Memory Keepers at Ben Franklin Crafts, I immediately put it in my shopping basket.  I was worried that I wouldn't be able to figure out how to use the punch because I am mechanically challenged....big time!  Good News!  This tool is so easy to use (excellent instruction sheet inside) I made a bag on the first try.
Here are the bags folded for storage.  If you make a bunch of them you will always have quick wrapping ready for a last minute gift.
The bags can be made in three widths and various heights.  The tool set even has a bone folder and a way to make the holes for the handles.
The sweet image is a Sister Stamp that just came out for Easter and can be purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts. The kimono was paper pieced with origami paper. The clothespin (Sierra Pacific 12 pack) closure uses a Tim Holtz die cut vellum paper bow.   After Easter this decorated clothespin can be used for holding papers, mail, etc.  The sentiment is from a Studio G set (not shown in photo)....$1.25 at BFC.  The pearl embellishments are from a wedding pack I found in the BFC wedding aisle.  The pearls are on an acrylic sheet (must have at least 100) that you can cut and then easily arrange the sticky back string of pearls where you want them.  A wavy scissors was used to cut the top of the bag with the clothespin.  Okay, that's all for today.  Time to make more gift bags.....birthdays coming up soon and this time I'll be ready!

9 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

Glad to hear that you had fun making these cute bags... They are super easy to make, and have some awesome tutorials out there using all the We R Memory punch boards.....I'm sure the lucky recipient(s) would love receiving this goody bag(s).

Niki G said...

I'm a huge fan of the punch boards! Love how you decorated them...I really should make a stash ready to go! Thanks for the inspiration!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Ohhh, your Easter bags turned out super adorable. I recently got that bag punch board and the envelope punch board at BFC and can't wait to use them. Thanks for inspiring me.

Jeni said...

Oooh! New toy! I wonder if I can find that here. Maybe Michael's or Hobby Lobby has it. I hope.

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing new toys!!

yyam said...

Ooooh..these are sooooo sweet!

Leanne said...

Hi Lynn!
This is a really awesome idea!! Not only does it save on buying those bags in bulk, but you can use any kind of paper you like! Genius!!
Love how you decorated the bags, just in time for Easter. Super sweet. I'll have to look in to those punch boards for sure. Thanks for always having wonderful creative projects to share! Have a Happy Aloha Friday and a terrific weekend!
^.^

SuiLan said...

This is awesome! I have been spending way too much on bags. You dolled them really cute!

Tammi said...

Sweet and pretty bags! You find the coolest tools!

Cheryl M. Alipio said...

Thank you for sharing! Your Easter bags came out super cute! I love using Sister Stamps! Oh gosh... another toy to put on my wish list. Making your own bags come in handy for those last minute gifts and beats running all over town looking for the right bag and paying so much for it!