Friday, January 24, 2014

HAND DECORATED GIFT BAG WITH A CUTE ENVELOPE

Hello Friends , today am posting a tutorial on decorating a paper bag . Two months ago when i went for shopping i got a lovely paper bag. I thought it would be useful someday and saved it in my wardrobe. Now when i saw the theme of many challenges being decorated gift bag , I decided to recycle that paper bag into a gift bag.


Only the pattern paper is bought from the shop rest all embellishments are handmade. The Decorations were inspired from Andrea Walford's gift bag.


This is the paper bag that am going to recycle. You can use any paper bags or you can make your own bag. For tutorial on making a paper bag link 1 , link 2 . 


I covered the bag using a pattern paper. I used cellotape and fevikwik to get a neat finish.



Now lets make all the decorations separately and assemble in the bag finally. Take a thick sheet of  white paper ( chart paper or canvas paper) and apply light blue colour on the edges. Since i bought distress ink pad last week i wanted to use them for everything.


Then i just sprayed some light blue dots on the paper. This I did by loading the old toothbrush with watercolour paint and plucking the bristles to get the spraying effect. Thus the base for decoration is ready.


TO MAKE AN ENVELOPE:







TO MAKE FLOWERS: 


As i was googling on the tutorial of making paper flowers i came across this easy and beautiful paper flowers. Am happy to share it with you all.





TO MAKE BUTTERFLY: 


I drew the design using black marker pens on the butterfly.

TO MAKE THE BOW


Click here to know about the various methods of making bow. I made a simpler one.

TO MAKE THE BORDER:



I crocheted the borders as i found them costly in the shops.  The black thick border at the bottom is a double crochet stitch using ' I' hook . The side white borders are simple chain stitch with g hook.






Finally, after assembling all the decorations the bag looks like this. The black colour paper at the back of the envelope is cut out from a magazine.




Then i made a tag using chart paper and my newbie distress ink. When i was thinking about the theme for making the tag , i remembered the lessology challenge theme " You hold the key to my heart" . 



This tag does'nt fit in the small envelope we have made. So what is in the envelope then??   A Heart lock with 5 keys !!!





Tomorrow is the 500th day after our marriage. So thought this will be a perfect gift to give my husband for making these 500 days memorable and enjoyable.


It was super fun making this project because of three reasons  1. Am gifting to someone so took extra effort to make it neat 2. I love working with blue colour as its my most fav colour  3. After a very long time i tried crocheting.

Hope you too will have fun and enjoy doing this craft.

Happy Crafting !!!

Submitting this project to

Shopping our stash challenges " Winter blues" - Projects with blue colour
lessology challenge - " You hold the key to my heart"
Citycrafter challenges - " the key to my heart"
itsy- bitsy bingo challenge - Used distress ink pads, pattern papers, ribbons, stamps and markers
Colour conceptions challenge - 3B's - bags, baskets and boxes





25 comments:

  1. Your bag has beautiful, colorful and creative details. The envelope, butterflies and flowers have wonderful depth and dimension. It is so nice of you to share how you created your bag. Thanks for bringing your artistry to our house at 613 Avenue Create.

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  2. What a beautiful gift bag, and tag...Great tutorial!!!Thank you for sharing your creation and joining in with the fun at City Crafter Challenge Blog this week.

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  3. Beautiful project! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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  4. So lovely!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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  5. Lovely design and it looks great !

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    1. Thank you Sid... keep visiting my blog...

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  6. Excellent ! It is creative and beautiful !! Congrats on your 500th wedding day and wish you a happy, healthy and joyful wedded life ahead !!!

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  7. THAT is such a cool idea! I hope he really liked his present! Great job on the bag and wow on those keys! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Mitra Pratt... Yes my husband liked the gift very much...

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  8. oh and thanks for playing with us at LESSology!

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  9. very well made embellishments.. congratulations on ur 500 lovely days together.... :)

    hridya
    http://quillthrill.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for dropping your encouraging comments in my blog... keep visiting my blog...

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  10. What a neat project! Lots of creative ideas! I really LOVE your keys. :)

    Thanks for joining us at LESSology...please note that we only allow a total of FIVE challenges to be combined to be considered for our prize.

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    1. Thank you Yyam for reminding me ... Now i have limited the challenges to five... Sorry i dint go through the rules properly...

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  11. WOW fantastic project!! Thanks for playing with us (again) for the Winter Blues challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

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  12. Hi Ramya, you are wonderful crafter! love your handmade embellishments.
    thanks for viting my blog and showing interest in AJ, leave me test mail at nagaonkarshilpa2@gmail.com, I'll share with you some useful links :)

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  13. You have done such a wonderful job here!!! Love how you've altered the bag & your 'keys' for our LESSology challenge are just soo original & cute!!! And congrats on the 500 days of marriage!!!! Thanks for joining us this month:):)

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    1. Thank you Lizzy hill... I too loved playing in your challenge

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  14. That is so sweet of you to make him your own "keys to your heart"! Sweet and beautiful projects. Thank you for your tutorial and also for joining us at City Crafter.

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  15. Nice Gift bag... Thanks for playing along with us at CCC.. :)

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  16. Thats a detailed tutorial. thanks for sharing.Thanks for joining us at CCC, good luck.

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