A Birthday Bag Gift Topper with Sizzix

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Today I have a quick Sizzix project and tutorial to share with you for an easy way to add a special handmade touch to a plain-Jane gift bag.

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My sweet Mom’s birthday is at the end of May.  And since she’s here visiting right now, that means that we’ve had the rare opportunity of celebrating her birthday together, in person. The gift that I got her was packaged in the store in this handle-bag and tissue, which is very nice…. but just a little boring. So why not dress up those boring gift bags with a special handmade addition, like this sweet flower topper.

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I love it when dies do all the hard work for you. This beautiful camellia flower by Brenda Walton looks really fancy and intricate, but is so quick and easy to make. And it really makes a grand statement on a simple gift box or bag.

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One thing I love about Bigz Sizzix dies is that the steel edges allow you to die cut all kinds of surfaces and substrates, or many layers of paper all at once, like I’ve done here. Such a great time saver when you need multiple layers. Simply cut your papers to size and stack them up.

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I used two different patterned papers and tissue paper for the center stamens, and still die cut all my layers in only two passes through the die cut machine. There really is no right or wrong with this flower, too. Just die cut as many flower bracts as you wish.

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And then wrap the ends of each petal up over a pencil to give them some natural curve.

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To assemble the flower, begin by wrapping the stamens around a pick or brad.

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And then simply add your flower bracts, from smallest to largest.

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To create the topper, I cut two long thin strips of patterned paper and snipped a V-notch into one end. Cross the papers into an X-formation, and bend them over the top of the bag. I then punched a hole in the top center of the bag, and threaded the pick through. Add a glue dot to the end of the leaves and tuck them into the flower. No other adhesive is necessary. And then the flower can be easily removed and re-used by the recipient.

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I added a quick stamped greeting to two smaller paper strips using Lori Whitlock’s Birthday Sentiments Framelits w/Stamps set. They tuck right into the bottom of the flower. So quick & easy.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Sizzix - Bigz Die - CamelliaSizzix - Framelits Die with Clear Acrylic Stamps - Birthday SentimentsRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Petaloo - Botanica Collection - Floral Embellishments - Berry Clusters - Red Green and Burgundy

Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Saturday Morning


14 thoughts on “A Birthday Bag Gift Topper with Sizzix

  1. What a fabulous way to dress up a gift bag!! I would had a pin back to that flower, as I’d want to wear it and show it off! I hope your summer is off to a great start. It is finally starting to heat up here in TX, so pool season has officially begun!

  2. How lovely it must for you to celebrate your mom’s birthday with her this year! LOVE your gift bag topper….it looks fabulous! Hope your mom had an awesome birthday!

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