For this hop, I made a small gift bag that you can make out of any size of paper to fit your gift! (I used 6″x6″ cardstock.)
First, stamp (and heat emboss, if you want to) your design on two 6″x6″ squares of heavy patterned paper or cardstock. One square will be the front of your bag; the other will be the back. Then, score in 1″ on the bottom and sides of each piece of paper.
Before doing any folding or cutting, you can use a border punch or decorative scissors on the top of each square to make your bag look a bit fancier when it’s complete. (It’s easier to cut or punch at this point, because it’s so much harder to do it evenly later; I learned that the hard way!)
Cut a slit along each side of each square in the lower corners of each sheet, fold in the bottom and sides to create a “box” bottom. Then, adhere one bottom to the other, nesting one half inside of the other to make a bag. I’ve found it’s easier to adhere the sides at the same time. Just put adhesive on the outer sides of the half that you are nesting inside the other.
Then, punch two holes in the top and thread ribbon through each side to create handles.
I also created a matching gift tag and threaded it through the ribbon before I made the handles. If you add a tag later, it’s easy to tie one on the handle with twine!
Don’t forget to leave comments on all the blogs you visit for your chance to win a $20 DeNami gift certificate! One random participant and TWO lucky commenters will win! You have until December 12, 2011, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on ALL of the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Your next stop on the DeNami hop is Lani Misner! I’m sure she’s got something fantastic for you to see!
Thanks again for stopping by!