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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Saturday Morning