Making Christmas gift bags last year is what got me into this whole blogging thing. I was having trouble thinking of meaningful gifts, so I started with the gift bag. I decorated the bags for specific recipients. Once I figured out the bag, somehow thinking of the gift got a lot easier. It was a Christmas miracle. Less stress is always good around here. Especially around Christmas time.

Once I started crafting, I couldn’t stop. I eventually started selling my crafts at a downtown shop that featured local artists. After about six months, my new favorite shop closed. Heartbroken, I had to figure out whether to slow down and do only personal projects, or find some other outlets. That’s how I got here. Spending time writing about projects and sharing them with others seemed like a good way to keep this level of creativity in my life. (I have a numbers job by day, so this is a very nice balance for me.)

Christmas bags

These are some Christmas gift bags I designed. I made a few of these this past summer with my mom so she could sell them at her ladies group craft fair. I heard they were a hit. I started with kraft gift bags, 2/$1 at the Dollar Store. I created images out of felt and buttons, and glued them to the bag with Elmer’s Tacky Glue. I added gift cards, cut from card stock that is the same color as the kraft bags. Add some matching tissue paper, and you have the complete package for a gift. Give it a try!

Linking up:

What I Made Wednesday @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

Chic & Crafty @ The Frugal Girls

Head 2 Head Showdown @ I Can’t Stop Crafting

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime

Weekend Warrior @ Ask Anna

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home

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