How about a 3D project share for Thursday? I’m not sure if everyone gets what I mean when I say 3D project. It’s not a card or a scrapbook page and it’s not flat. There can be candy involved or another treat. Gift packaging, little treats and such are all 3D projects. Today I have a fun and easy to adapt idea that came from a fellow demonstrator. I’ve seen various versions of decorating paper bags over the years. In fact I had a stack of these white paper bags in my stash so I didn’t even have to go find any for this project. You may have paper bags on hand too – you could do brown bags or white bags or whatever you have on hand.
This is just a basic paper lunch sack. I typically see them at the store in brown but there also come in white and sometimes you can find other colors too. I measured the width of the bag to figure out how wide to cut my Designer Paper and then cut a 12″ piece to that width. Another decision you need to make is how tall you want the bag to be. I cut the top of my lunch bag off so it wasn’t so tall. The taller your bag the smaller your overlaying flap is going to be. You will cut a second piece of Designer Paper (it should be the other half of your 12×12 piece) to be the same width as the bag and the same height as the bag. Attach this piece (the shorter one) to the front of the bag. And attach the longer 12″ piece to the back of the bag and fold the rest over to the front to create a flap. I added a piece of colored card stock on mine to give it some contrast. That’s all you need to dress up a plain paper bag.
But who wants to stop with just the bag. Next there is the flower and tag to decorate it with. I attached this flower to a clothes pin so you can put it on the bag to hold it shut and then take it off. The flower is made from the Lemon Builder punch! Who knew you could turn lemons into flower petals. To give each petal a little shape snip the smaller end of the lemon and glue dot one side over the other. Attach the petals to a punched circle. I did two layers offset and then added another circle punch to the back to hold it all together and one to the front to clean it up a bit. Finish with a circle punched from the designer paper and a metal rimmed pearl in the center. Instead of punching leaves I used the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon – tied in a bow and glue dotted to the clothes pin under my flower – to represent the leaves. It’s finished with a tag.
This Petal Passion Designer Series Paper in Basic Black & Whisper White is fun to use on this type of project – you can dress it up with any color you want. I wish this one wasn’t retiring – it’s so easy to use. But it is retiring so if you want some you better order it now before it’s all gone! The stamp set Petal Palette that it coordinates with is going to be in the new catalog – I used it to stamp the tag on this project.
- Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (retiring)
- Sweet Sugarplum card stock (retiring)
- Petal Palette stamp set
- Lemon Builder punch
- 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
- 2″ Circle Punch
- 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
- 1″ Circle Punch
- Whisper White Card Stock
- Basic Black Archival ink (retiring)
- Mini Glue Dots
- Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon (retiring)
- Metal Rimmed Pearls (retiring)
- Pearl Basic Jewels
- 1/16″ handheld punch (retiring)
- Whisper White Baker’s Twine
- white paper bag
- clothes pin
I liked how this project turned out so much that I made another bag for a gift I needed to give. This time I used different paper, different colors, and a different flower for this one. I used some retired framelits to create the flower because I wanted to mimic the ones in the paper. This bag taller so you can see the overlap of the flap is smaller. If you know what you want to put in the bag then use that to help you determine how tall you want it to be.
- Pick a Pattern Designer Series paper (retiring)
- Whisper White card stock
- Basic Black card stock
- Emerald Envy card stock (retiring)
- Emerald Envy ink (retiring)
- Flirty Flaming ink
The rest is the various circle punches and then some retired dies to make the flower. These would be fun bags to make for all different occasions using various papers. You should try it and share your paper bag creations.
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Spend some time be creative today!