Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY WEDNESDAY: Stenciled Gift Bags

Good morning!
This week has been karate camp at my martial arts school.  It is Wednesday, and I AM EXHAUSTED!  Basically I am running camp with the kids from 8-4pm, and then working the school and classes from 4-9pm.  It's a long day.
So today I am very happy to have a guest at Release Me Create to bring you today's adorable DIY Wednesday project!  She is a lifesaver, as I have not had any time to do anything this past week!
So today, I introduce you to Ashley.
from  
( Indie ) Pretty Projects
and her
DIY STENCILED GIFT BAG TUTORIAL
 This is a fun way to dress up gift or favor bags to suit the season, occasion, or theme in mind for your gifts. This technique works great for paper bags, or on reusable cloth bags, as you'll see in this tutorial.
Materials
Cloth or paper bag(s)
Acrylic paint for paper bag, or fabric paint for cloth bagpaint brush
Card stock or sheet of paper
Pencil
Craft knife
Cutting board
Small sheet of cardboard

Directions
Start with your cardstock or paper, and a pencil. To get your image, you have a few options: draw your image in pencil, from scratch; layer a printed image under thin paper, and trace with pencil; use a light box to trace an image to make your stencil; or, you can just print out an image directly from your computer, and use that as your stencil.
I chose to sketch mine - a little apple. 
Next, place your drawn or printed image on a self-healing cutting board, or any surface that you don't mind getting cut-up. Slowly follow the line with your sharp blade, using short, stabbing motions around the curves. 
Now, on to painting!
Place your newly-cut stencil over your bag. You may want to try it on regular paper or card stock first, to make sure you like the look of your stencil. Paint over the stencil with the color of your choice.
When painting a fabric bag, place a sturdy sheet of cardboard inside the bag, to keep the cloth firm, and to prevent any bleed-through of paint to the inside of the bag. 
When paint is dry, remove the card board inside, and you're done! These are perfect as small favor bags for weddings and parties, or larger bags for birthdays and holidays. I did use acrylic paint on my fabric bag, but if you plan on washing it, or if there's a chance of the bag getting wet, I recommend fabric paint.

Thank you so very much for your wonderful tutorial Ashley! Make sure you all go check out her incredible blog  for more awesome tutorials, artist features, and all-around awesomeness!
Have a great Wednesday!



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14 COMMENTS:

Cas said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute bag! Thanks for posting! :) Sea Marie

Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea. I love that you can just make whatever stencil you want to!

nikkijoy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a simple yet sweet idea! Thank you so much for sharing... I've been looking for great favour bag ideas =) x

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets I know! The possibilities are endless!!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

ooohhh this is a good idea. Great for party favors and even gifts. Thanks. :D

:)
Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

cluttfring said... Best Blogger Tips

my 9 year old son just got his black belt candidate....

Sher said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tutorial. These would make great gift bags as well. I'm off to check out her blog.

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie These would be adorable party favors! It is the little touches that make the difference and this little touch is so cute!

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@cluttfring Oh that is so awesome! I'm at Red so I'm still on that journey. I know how much hard work he put into achieving that!

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sher Indie Pretty Projects is a GREAT blog! You are going to love it!

May ツ said... Best Blogger Tips

wowww que gran idea muchas gracias por compartir ;)

zaylyn said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute!

Yes! Yolanda said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm your newest follower! I found you on "Boost my Blog Friday" (Last week's since this wk hasn't posted yet). I just started blogging myself but have a great start! Stop by if you get a chance:
http://yesyolanda.blogspot.com/
I love making gifts! We have a big family & live in a small town. Every1 always ends up buying the same gifts! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Nixon said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome !!! It is very simple and sober. It is best wedding gift, I like it most :)

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