Last week, I shared a little bit about a top secret project involving myself and some other crazy awesome bloggers. It’s called Trade & Made and each blogger involved was sent the same box of surprise supplies. The challenge? We had to make something using some of the supplies from the box! There was a large selection from paint brushes to cardboard cones and we were instructed to create a project using at least four items from the box.
You know me. A slacker at heart, I chose to use only a handful of items provided. I’m all about stenciling and giving gifts. So why not combine those two passions and create some cute lil’ gift tags and gift bags?!? Read on for the full how-to.
- cross-stitch mesh (provided by Michaels)
- paint and paint brush (provided by DecoArt)
- muslin bag (provided by For The Makers)
- embroidery thread (provided by Michaels)
- kraft and white hanging tags (provided by Michaels)
Step 1: On a surface you don’t mind covering with paint, place the cross-stitch mesh with the gift tag underneath it.
Step 2: Hold the mesh firmly over the tag and start dabbling the paint through the little holes. Only place a small amount on your paint brush. Gobs of paint on the tags can be avoided…
Step 3: Slowly lift up the mesh and admire your little dotted treasure. Repeat on the muslin bags.
Some gobs work. Some don’t. I still love ’em.
Fill your bags with treats. These bags weren’t for me or they would have been filled with candy. Obviously.
Use the embroidery thread to attach the gift tags to all sorts of presents and containers!
What do you think? This was an interesting project that really tested our limits as creatives. I’m blown away by some of the other creations by the other bloggers involved. Visit the Trade & Made homepage to read more about the challenge and to see who made what!
photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel, Trade & Made logo by Little White Whale Studio