Christmas Craft Challenge: DIY stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

The Craft Challenge

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. You can read more about it here.

 

DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

This month the theme for the craft challenge is Thanksgiving/Christmas crafts. For this theme I chose to make Christmas stocking stuffer gift bags. You know, for the little things that suck to wrap, like chapstick, money, food, hand sanitizer, etc. That sort of stuff would be perfect to wrap up in a cute little gift bag like this.

You will only need a few materials and probably won’t spend more than half an hour on these (unless you have a ton of people to gift to). The best part is that the paint dries quickly so when you’re done, you’re actually finished.

stocking stuffer gift bag materials

DIY Christmas Gift Bag Materials

Water
Gift bags
Paper towels
Paint brushes
Self-adhesive ornament stencil
Satin multi-purpose paint (or fabric paint)

You might also want to grab some newspaper to keep from getting paint all over the place.

Tip: buy Satin acrylic paint. It works on fabric, which you need to make this craft, but it also works on wood, ceramic, glass, metal, some plastics, canvas, paper and terra cotta. It’s about a $1 a bottle and will work on multiple surfaces.

Stencil gift bag

diy ornament gift bag

Step 1

Adhere the stencil to your gift bag and paint it whatever color(s) you want.

Make sure not to glob on the paint. You want to cover the surface but you don’t want blobs of paint.

painted gift bag

Step 2

Slowly peel off the stencil and set your bag off to the side. This one is done!

Christmas gift bags

DIY Christmas Gift Bags

Step 3

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have the desired number of gift bags.

DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

Now, stuff them with all of your goodies and get them to the stockings!

…Or maybe keep them hidden for a few more weeks, just to be safe.

Either way, someone will be happy to receive your home-made gift. You might even want to add names to each one, just to give it a special touch.

Here are a few ideas for things to add to your new gift bags:

I’ll stop there.

Hope you liked my gift bags.

Happy crafting!

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

I don’t know about you, but I always buy gift tags around the holidays for presents. I thought about it the other day, though, and decided that I don’t need to spend money on gift tags because I have everything to make them myself.

That’s usually how this stuff starts, right? You see something and think I bet I could make that.

So, if you want to make your own you can follow along with my tutorial below. It’s quick and easy!

Gift tag materials

DIY Watercolor Gift Tag Materials

Pen
Ruler
Water
Scissors
Hole punch
Paint brush
Media paper
Watercolor paints
White crayon (if you want to experiment)

Note: Go to a craft store or art store to find media paper. It’s typically 80 lb. paper so it can be used with multiple mediums like pens, markers and watercolor paint.

soon-to-be gift tags

Step 1

Measure and cut out your gift tags.

I cut mine to be 1.5″ wide by 3″ tall.

Basic gift tags

Step 2

Hole punch your gift tags and design accordingly.

I decided to try a variety of designs like rounded and angled edges.

watercolor gift tags

Step 3

THIS PART IS OPTIONAL: If you decided to be adventurous, this is the step where you want to draw or write on your gift tags with white crayon. Make sure you press hard though, or it won’t come out clearly. In the image above, you can see that my attempt to write with the white crayon didn’t turn out very well and I pushed pretty hard.

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Now, brush on your watercolor paint!

If you’re not very familiar with this kind of paint, let me give you some tips:

  • The more water you use, the lighter the color of paint will become.
  • The less water you use, the darker the color.
  • Use a smaller brush.

To get a gradient like I did in the image above:

  1. Dip your brush in the water, then in the paint and back in the water.
  2. Go over the entire gift tag with your brush.
  3. Dip the brush back in the paint (without getting it wet again) and paint the top portion of the gift tag. If you get a harsh line dip the brush back in the water and brush a line or two of water over the line. That should help to blend it more.

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

Write your message on your gift tags and you’re finished!

You can get as fancy as you want to. I chose to keep them more basic for this tutorial but I am definitely planning to make some for Christmas presents so I’ll show you a more artistic version next month.

Hope you guys enjoyed my gift tags!

Happy crafting!

DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnets

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

If you follow me regularly, you know that I have a small obsession with glitter. It’s one of my favorite craft supplies but I try to talk myself out of using it on everything because I’m aware that many people don’t share my problem. This week, though, I was looking forward to making these glitter magnets. They’re a fun way to spice up your fridge. They’re functional, too, which makes them twice as wonderful.

They take about 15-20 minutes to make and cost $5. Actually, you could buy all of the supplies except Mod Podge at the Dollar Store, so maybe $2?

glitter clothespin magnet materials

DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnet Materials

Glitter
Magnet
Scissors
Clothespins
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Hot Melt glue and gun (not pictured above)

clothespin magnet prep

Step 1

Cover one side of your clothespin with Mod Podge.

Move quickly onto step 2.

glitter clothespin

Step 2

Before your glue dries, cover it with glitter. Make sure to get the corners and edges. They’re easy to miss.

Tap the clothespin on the surface to remove any excess glitter.

Let the glue dry.

glitter sealant

Step 3

Add a thick layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it so you don’t get glitter all over your kitchen.

Let it dry.

magnets

Step 4

Hot glue the magnets onto the back side of the clothespin.

glitter clothespins

Stick those beauties to the fridge! Get your business cards, reminders, pictures and anything else that’s important out in the open so you don’t forget about them. Not everything has to be digital, right?

I hope you liked my clothespin magnets and you try making a set of your own. They might even make a cute (and affordable) Christmas gift.

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

DIY Vintage Necklace

DIY vintage necklace

I’m a really big fan of vintage jewelry. Most of the time I admit I would never wear it, but I really like the way it looks. The other day, I was at Michael’s (of course, it’s like my second home), and found these really cute key charms. They’re not really vintage keys, obviously, but they’re close enough in appearance. I wanted to make something with them, but the craft I planned on making this week didn’t work out like I’d hoped. I didn’t measure properly and the key was too big for the holder. Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail on that one because I plan to use the remaining keys to do it right someday.

So, I made the jewelry I thought I’d never wear and surprised myself!

This one is quick and easy! It takes longer to pick the charms you want than it does to make the necklace. Sometimes that’s a good problem to have.

vintage necklace charms

Vintage Necklace Materials

Chain
Charms
Jump rings

You can find all of this at Michaels or any other craft store.

vintage necklace macro

Step 1 and only

Attach your jump rings to your charms and slide the charms onto the necklace.

I chose the key first. Then rounded hammered charm to match the key. Then the silver bird charm to compliment the gems in the key.

DIY Upcycled Artist Organizer

DIY upcycled artist travel case

I don’t know about you, but I try to recycle or upcycle as much as possible. I keep 6-pack carriers, pasta jars and disposable tupperware because I know I can use them for other things, like storage.

A few months ago I made a travel case for my sketchbook, and I love it, but I can’t carry a ton of pens in it. Sometimes, I like to work on colorful drawings that require a variety of pens or pencils, so I decided to make an organizer from an old 6-pack carrier. I don’t plan take it outside of my house, but it will be nice to have all of my tools in one place and not strewn across the table as I work.

It should only take about an hour to make. All of the instructions are below if you want to construct your own.

 

artist travel case materials

Upcycled Artist Organizer Materials

Pencil
Scissors
Duct tape
Mod Podge
6-pack carrier
Sponge brush
Scrapbook paper

 

artist case edges

Step 1

Duct tape the edges of your carrier to keep the it from folding flat.

 

artist case cut outs

Step 2

Measure (or trace) the sides of the box and cut out scrapbook paper pieces to match those dimensions.

 

artist case siding

Step 3

Brush some Mod Podge onto the carrier and firmly press the paper down. Repeat this process for the rest of the carrier.

Then, brush thin layer over the scrapbook paper to seal it. Don’t forget the edges!

 

sketchbook slot

Step 4 (optional)

Cut out the top left segment so that a sketchbook can fit in your new organizer.

 

upcycled travel 6 pack

When you’re done, drop in your drawing tools and enjoy!

 

DIY upcycled artist travel case

Hope you enjoyed my artist organizer.

Happy crafting!