If you're looking for an easy way to dress up a plain gift bag or paper sack this is the way to do it! When I was teaching Kindergarten the children would make gifts (usually like an ornament) for their parents around Christmastime. Then, the children would decorate bags to wrap up their gifts. After all, there is nothing like a homemade gift from a child!
- Plain gift bag or paper lunch sack
- Acrylic or Tempera paint (tempera or washable paint works best for a children's craft)
- Cookie cutters (metal or plastic cutters in different shapes and sizes)
- Paper plate
- glitter or glitter glue (optional)
- Pour a small amount of paint on the paper plate.
- Dip your cookie cutter in the paint. Make sure the bottom edges are well-coated.
- Stamp your paper bag with the painted cookie cutter. Slowly lift the cookie cutter upward. (If the shape of the stamp has a void you can slowly reapply the cookie cutter to the paper and try again or you can leave it like that. I think leaving it alone makes it more authentic and homemade looking.)
- Continue to stamp with remaining cookie cutters or until your bag is covered with prints. Sprinkle glitter on the paint and dust off for a sparkly look or use glitter glue to add more designs.
- Allow to dry completely.
- Place your gift in the bag with tissue paper and tie with a cute ribbon.
*This method also works well with craft paper and plain wrapping paper if you want to wrap a box or gift.
This is a quick and simple way to make your own gift bag or wrapping paper. It's also a great way to get your children involved in the presentation of a gift for a loved one!