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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Make Your Own Christmas Gift Bags::Simple DIY

Creating a whimsical gift bag (for any occasion really) is another fun way to spend time with your best boys and girls. My grandkids and I have been painting our own wrapping paper and making our own gift bags as one of our Christmas traditions for many years now.

It's as easy as one, two, three. The end result is a personalized, hand-made, one-of-a-kind gift bag to pass along or treasure as a keepsake.

Here's what you will need:

Fabric of your choice. Look for patterns that will cut out easily and items within the fabric that can stand alone.
Spray adhesive. Any glue that holds fabric to paper is fine but I've found spray adhesive to work the best.
Puffy paint. This will be to outline the fabric edges.
Ribbon. (Optional)
Stencils. (Optional~~ can be used to make designs in addition or in lieu of fabric)
Handle bags. Sold in groups of 12 (usually) or individually at any craft store.
Raffia, ribbon, and tissue paper to finish once there is a gift inside.

Once your fabric pieces are cut out, spray the back side with adhesive and lay them on your bag in the design of your choice. The fabric should be completely wet with spray. Wear disposable gloves to protect fingers.

Let each bay dry completely before adding outline paint.

Use the puffy paint to outline along the cut edges of the fabric and within the cut out. Just have fun with it and make it your own.

These newly glued artist renditions :-) don't have paint on them yet but as you can see the designs can be geared for child gifts or adult gifts. Any size bag will work.

There you have it. Go have some fun and make some memories with your kiddos.


You might also be interested in my latest Lowe's Garden Grow Along blog entry which you can click on the title to read:: Gardening-Inspired Gift Ideas.


  1. What great ideas and a fun thing for you to do with your grandkids.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic 2012.


  2. Looks like a fun project to do with your grandkids. It's all about creating memories and it looks like you're creating many wonderful ones. Wishing you the merriest Christmas of all!

  3. What a clever and fun idea Meems to add your own personal touch. They turned out so pretty too.

  4. Hi Meems, Just stopping by to say Merry Christmas to you and yours. You are just so creative.... Wow!!!


  5. Aren't you so Clever!! They truly are gifts in themselves. It's also a great project for you with your grandchildren!!

  6. They look great! Glad you are enjoying the season.

  7. What a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

  8. Marvelous idea~I will have to try this for other gift giving times, too. xogail


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