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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Use your stash: altered gift bags

The gals at Creatively Green have created this tutorial on re-purposing gift bags!

1.Measure your bag and cut paper to cover front and back of bag.

2. Cut original handles off of bag.

3. Attach front and back handles with adhesive.

4. Use hole punch to punch holes where handles are and thread new ribbon through with a knot to secure.

5.Add decorative embellishments, sentiment, and tie tag on. Ta-da!!

They didn't cover the sides of the bags because it makes it difficult to fold.

No gift bag handy? How about a brown lunch sack? they can be altered to make adorable gift bags as well.

They covered the front and back sides of the bag and added the ribbon vertically to help give the bag weight to stand up.

Wrapping with scrapbook supplies


Designs by Candi Gershon

For these present-ready holiday packages, Candi dressed up plain purchased gift bags with three types of clever closures: grommets, magnets, and ribbon weaved through punched slo

Paper Trees

by Jenn Balcer

Bust out some holiday paper you've stashed, and create pretty decorations for your mantel or table.


  • 12" x 12" Patterned Paper (number of sheets varies depending on size of tree)

  • Styrofoam Form (here, two different cones for trees, 4" spheres for topiary, and 3 7/8" disc for inside pot

  • Paper trimmer

  • Quilting pins(Three packages were used for the trees shown here)

  • Adhesive

  • Terracotta Pot (Optional. 4" diameter pots were used here)

  • Syrofoam to fit inside pot, if used

  • Wooden Dowel (if a trunk is desired)

  • Craft paint and/or pigment ink

  • Moss (optional)

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    If you'd like a potted tree, paint the terracotta pot now and set aside to dry.

  2. Step 2

    If you're creating a topiary, or want a trunk, either paint or apply ink to a dowel. Set aside to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Insert Styrofoam in pot.

    Insert dowel in tree form. A bit of adhesive will keep the form in place.

    Center tree over pot, and insert into Styrofoam.

  4. For the topiary, insert dowel all the way through the Styrofoam sphere for the bottom, making sure to keep dowel centered. Remove sphere.

    Insert dowel part of the way into the Styrofoam sphere for the top. Remove sphere.

    Add some adhesive (hot glue is perfect for this) inside the hole in Styrofoam sphere and replace dowel.

    Insert dowel through sphere for bottom of topiary, and apply more adhesive at the bottom. This will keep the dowel from shifting. Any adhesive will be covered by your paper.

  5. Step 4

    Adhere moss and cover Styrofoam base. A few pins here and there may be helpful.

  6. Step 5

    Prepare patterned paper strips by using paper trimmer.

    For the tall tree, four 12" x 12" double-sided sheets were cut into 4" x 1" strips.

    Instructions for each type of tree are to the left of each close up picture.

  7. Step 6

    Bend a paper strip in half. Using a quilting pin, attach to tree form starting at the bottom, and going all the way around the tree.

  8. Step 7

    Repeat Step 6, starting the next row slightly overlapping the previous one, until the entire tree is covered.

    A single pattern was used for each row, but try alternating patterns within the row for a fun look.

  9. Step 8

    One sheet of 12" x 12" double-sided paper cut into strips 3" x 1/2" was used for the smaller tree.

    Strips were curled on one end with a bone folder before attaching to the tree form.

  10. Step 9

    For the topiary, three sheets of 12" x 12" double-sided paper and large and small flower punches were used.

    Large flowers were punched and then the petals curled with a bone folder.

    A small punched flower and Prima paper flower were layered on top as shown, and then pinned to the sphere. To cover any exposed Styrofoam, pin more tiny flowers in the openings.

  11. Close up view of topiary.

  12. Step 10

    Embellish as desired. Here, a loopy bow is pinned to the top of the tree.

  13. Step 11

    Finished paper trees.

Featured Project; Thankyou Pencil Set

Thanks Pencil Set A delightfully modern yet simple-to-make gift, this pencil set is all about our Jackpot paper!

Featured Video: cake in a box

Another great project from Denise Hill

Here is the first part of her instructional video:

The second part of the video can be found here:

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New Years Glasses w paper craft supplies

This January 1 we ring in 2010 — the last year for some time whose numerals can be easily turned into a pair of novelty glasses. Make the most of this fleeting occasion with a customizable pair of paper specs.

  • Glitter glue
  • Glue

  1. To fashion them, download this template and use it to cut the frame pieces from poster board.

  2. Decorate the glasses (we used glitter glue), leaving about a half-inch at the ends of the arms free. Note: Do not use loose glitter, as it might shed and get into the wearer's eyes.

  3. When your decorations are dry, glue the arms to the back of the 2010.