September 15, 2011

Printed Gift Bags

Gift Bag


Every once in a while an idea comes along that's just so wonderful, you can't wait to share it with your friends.



I'm always on the lookout for a clever (and I must admit - easy) way to wrap a gift. I do believe that presentation is all! This very shabby chic wrap began as a plain, brown lunch bag. All you need to recreate the look are some pretty images (I used the ones from the Graphics Fairy), an inkjet printer, a hole punch, scalloped scissors (optional) and some pretty ribbon or fibers.



Of course, you'll need the tutorial too, so you don't screw up your printer. Twig & Thistle used these bags to present Valentine's brownies, and she's done an awesome tutorial that I found while blog hopping one day. Click here to go there. 


Hope you have a lot of fun with this idea. Why not use them for Halloween goodies? With baking and gift-giving season on the horizon, I'll have to add more bags to my grocery list this week to replenish my supply!

Wishing you a creative day!

33 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh wow so wonderful gift bags.
I love the stamps. xoxo

Sandra said...

Awesome, Terri!

Cameron said...

Those look fantastic! I've done everything with those lunch sacks from glueing on art prints, to stamping to doodling on them....but I haven't tried printing on them!

Genius!
They look like they were bought that way...and for not the pennies they actually cost :)

Thanks for sharing!

Effie said...

They are fabulous.......I need those images!

Diane said...

Excellent!!--what would I do without my Terri inspiration--Thank You!!

patcrafts said...

I love these gift bags, fantastic idea unfortunately we don't have brown paper lunch bags in UK in fact we don't have brown paper anything it's all plastic.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments you have left on my blog I really appreciate it.xx

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

These look really amazing!! Much better than "purchased" wrapping paper!

Dezinaworld said...

Ohhh so beautiful Terri, Gosh it seems ages since i got round to blogging but i am having a wonderful time today :)
Love your art, always have, always will
hugs June x

roc said...

oh wowee - these are awesome. now you know i love love love those images!!!!!

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Simple but very effective! Love them Terri!

WW said...

Terri...these are stunning!!! Thanks

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Very clever use of brown paper bags turned into gift bags. But what struck me even MORE was the link to the Graphics Fairy. Wow, Terri! I think I'm in LOVE! Thank you.

Dianne said...

I've done this with rubber stamps and stickers, but never knew you could actually print on them. I noticed in the tutorial that she used flat bags, but you use square bottom bags... Is there a trick to using the square bottom bags in the printer?

Lynn Richards said...

So happy with this idea!!! I need to buy lunch bags anyway, so.......
xo
lynn

Healing Woman said...

Thanks for giving the link to this great tutorial. Easy! I love the European look to these bags and can't wait to try them. I created some bags from brown paper bags that you showed us all how to do last year too. Lots of mileage with those bags!

~*~Patty S said...

Thanks to your inspiration Terri the sales of paper bags is going to go up! Maybe we need stock in those ;)

Really lovely...I am not very brave at printing on odd things in the printer...but this sure looks tempting.

Karen at The Graphics Fairy is just so amazing and generous with THE most fantastic images...isn't she!

oxo

VWozniak said...

Love the bags, the simplicity of printing them is fabulous, thanks!

Siobhan Brignull said...

how stunning is that idea . x

Muckypup said...

Terri, these are fantastic! I'd love to receive a gift in a bag like this!

pchickki said...

What a great idea !

Marilyn Rock said...

Absolutely gorgeous Terri!

kimmie said...

Boo hoo .... Because my printer is way to finicky to try threading a lunch sack through it. I will kill it for sure! :(

I can save the idea for the next printer .... They definitely don't live forever, do they?!?!

A Dancing Mango said...

Terri,
these bags are wonderful! Love it! "MS. Pringle"

sharon said...

Thanks so much again Terri for always sharing your beautiful creations with us! These are gorgeous!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I have always been a huge fan of black print on brown paper bags! There's just something so appealing about the look of it!

yours are stunning!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Lynn said...

Love them, they look so tres chic :)

susi said...

thanks - terri - something else i have to buy (and eventually do with all the other projects waiting!) FUN!

Trudi Sissons said...

Terri! This are so so so so so so so cool!!! No kidding - you must have been absolutely in heaven watching them come through the other side of the printer roll! I am ON IT! What a fabulous idea. thanks for sharing girl!

xox
t

Taluula said...

What a fantastic idea, Terri, and don't they look fabulous. Bravo.

Photocat said...

Wowsie, wonderful Terri. Can't believe those are ordinary lunch bags. You made them into treasures. Love them! Well done

Anonymous said...

Hi...

I am also wondering if flat bottomed bags can be used? Anyone tried it?

Buy cialis said...

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