Trade & Made Reveal: My Community DIY Project

Trade & Made - DIY

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.

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made


Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

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.

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

Some gobs work. Some don’t. I still love ’em.

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

Fill your bags with treats. These bags weren’t for me or they would have been filled with candy. Obviously.

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

Use the embroidery thread to attach the gift tags to all sorts of presents and containers!

Stamped bags & tags - Trade & Made

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!

Again, a huge thank you goes out to Erin & Laura for coming up with such a cool concept, and to Gloria of Little White Whale for creating such a beautiful site to showcase all of the bloggers!

And of course, thank you to the sponsors of the project who supplied all the goods in the first place: For The MakersMichaelsSpecialty Bottle Clear & Simple Stamps, andDecoArt!

photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel, Trade & Made logo by Little White Whale Studio

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    • Lexy says

      Thanks, Laura!!!! I’m pretty happy with the bags and their lil’ design! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this project!

  1. Ali | J'Adorn Designs says

    Such an awesome project and idea! Do you know if there will be they installments? I’d love to participate next time, if there is a next time!
    Well done as always, Ms. Lexy

    • Lexy says

      Thanks, Ali! I’m sure they will have other installments! Check with Erin from House of Earnest and see if one is in the works! :)


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