Ya'll know I've said it before, I love wrapping presents and making gifts looks special! Gift bags have just about replaced wrapping presents in a box these days so I've decided if I can't decorate a box, I'll decorate a bag! I want my presents to say, "Open me first!". Here are the instructions on how I dress up gift bags with "Bag Collars"! I usually buy several different colors and sizes of bags to have on hand in my wrapping closet. That way I can personalize the collar for the recipient of the gift instead of just giving a plain old bag! I will go ahead and admit this....after taking pictures while I was making a collar I realized I ended up with tons of pictures and a list of 23 steps to create these easy little bag collars. It sounds daunting with all the pictures and steps but it is so easy and I'm sure can easily be shown in 5 steps but I tend to give instructions in more detail than I actually need to. You are basically cutting a piece of cardstock long enough for a graphic and a fold at the top to tuck over the top edge of the bag...but...here is how I can make something so simple....so long!
Pick a bag and print a graphic in the middle of a piece of cardstock. If you don't have a graphic, you can use a rubber stamp, cut out an old card you have received, use solid paper or to make it really special, glue a photo of the person who is to receive the gift!
Place the sheet with your graphic over the bag and trim the sides so the collar is narrower than the bag. I'm going to add a border so I trimmed 3/4 off each side.
Draw a line from the center mark of collar to each side mark. This will form your point. Cut along these lines.
Now, using your border paper, mark width of bag.
The left gift bag has a graphic I found online. I used a rubber stamp on the pineapple bag.
On this bag I scanned some beautiful toile wrapping paper I had but it was in navy and white. I needed sea foam! Once I inserted the scanned graphic into my document I changed the color of the graphic to the color I needed and printed. I will be sharing this step by step "how-to" in a future post!
You can use just about anything to make a collar, I've used newsprint, old sheet music, Sunday comics, wrapping paper, doilies, and scrapbooking paper. Your ideas are a big as your imagination! I hope you enjoy this project and have fun decorating your Mother's Day packages as well as all those graduation gifts you will be buying this month and wedding gifts next month! Until later...