Washi Tape Wednesdays – Turning Lunch Sacks into Gift Bags
Washi gift wrap – see how quick and easy this papercrafting project is!
Another fun and quick way to use your washi stash and create something wonderful!
OK, who missed the launch of our newest series, Washi Tape Wednesdays?
Well, we’ll forgive you ’cause you can easily catch up – check out the launch post here:
Washi Tape Wednesdays – What It’s All About
Every Wednesday we’ll be focusing on ways to use up our washi stash and create fun projects.
And, we’ll be tossing in a few organization and storage ideas as we try out options, or you share yours!
Today’s washi stash busting idea is super quick and centered around turning simple lunch sacks into gift bags you’d be proud to present to most anyone.
But, before we get started,
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And now, on to today’s washi idea…
I don’t know about you, but I have a bunch of graduation celebrations to attend this month and I’m in full-on graduation papercrafting mode here!
Like many of you, I have very little free time right now and I had to come up with quick and clever ways to create cards and wrapping.
And of course I want them to wow their recipients!
After all, that’s what we do, right? 😉
And that’s where today’s idea came from, from my need to find a quick and cute way to wrap up some goodies for the grads to enjoy during their ceremonies.
(I’ll share the graduation cards I make next time, after they’ve been given to their recipients!)
- DCWV Graduation-Themed Patterned Paper
- Bazzill Black Cardstock
- Darice Graduation Cap Embossing Folder
- Tsukineko Black Dye Ink
- American Crafts Black ‘Lunch’ Sacks
- Jolee’s Black & Gold, Fabric Graduation-Themed Banners
- Target White & Gold, Polka-Dotted Washi Tape
- Scotch Double-Sided Adhesive
- 12″ Ruler
- Cuttlebug Cutting Plates
- Fiskar’s Scissors
- Fiskar’s Paper Trimmer
I measured the lunch sack – it measures 4 1/4″ wide x 8″ tall.
I cut the patterned paper a bit smaller than the lunch sack – this piece measures 4″ wide x 7 3/4″ tall.
I inked the edges of the cut patterned paper piece with black, dye ink (tip: dye ink is best because it dries fast) and then adhered this inked piece to the front of the bag, leaving an even margin around all of the edges.
I then cut another panel for the front of the bag from black cardstock – this panel measures 4″ wide x 4 1/4″ tall.
This piece was then run through my Cuttlebug inside the graduation cap embossing folder and adhered to the patterned paper panel.
And because I like things a bit asymmetrical, I adhered the embossed cardstock piece closer to the bottom of the patterned paper piece than to the top of it (the black cardstock panel is 1″ from the bottom of the patterned paper panel and 2 1/2″ from the top of it).
Next, I tore two strips of gold and white, polka dotted washi tape a bit longer than the width of the sack and adhered them over the edges of the embossed cardstock panel (centering the washi vertically so there were equal amounts of washi on the embossed cardstock panel and off the panel, and trimming the edges of the washi with scissors so there was none hanging over the edges of the bag).
After adhering the first two strips across the bag front, I decided I need a third strip (what can I say, I like odd numbers!) and it was added between the top washi strip and the top of the bag, leaving a narrow band of the patterned paper peeking out between the top two strips.
And I then added one of the fabric banners from the Jolee’s embellishment pack to that open space between the top two strips of adhered washi tape, covering most of the patterned paper in that area of the bag.
Of course the washi is transparent so you can still see the patterned paper – and the many congratulations – through it, which I love!
I then tore another strip of this same washi tape a bit narrower than the bag width (3 3/4″ to be exact!) and cut ‘V’ notches into the end of the strip.
This piece was placed horizontally across the bag opening after the top of the bag had been folded over to the back of the bag (the fold is appx. 3/4″).
And for the final step, I tore several strips of the same washi tape in varying lengths (1 1/2″, 1 1/4″ and 3/4″) and folded each in half lengthwise, aligning each strip of tape’s ends and edges so the tape was now double-thick and no ‘adhesive’ was exposed.
Again I cut in ‘V’ notches, but only on the ‘open’ end (not the folded end), creating more of a banner look with each piece.
The ‘banners’ were then adhered, side by side with a slight gap between them, to the top of the embossed panel (over the top of the washi strip I’d adhered across the embossed panel in step five).
Note: To again provide for an asymmetrical appearance, the three ‘banner’ pieces were adhered off center, to the right side of the bag, with the longest ‘banner’ placed farthest to the right first, the second longest banner placed to its left second, and the shortest banner placed to the left of the second banner third.
And voila – a custom gift bag!
Total time for creating a nice little gift bag out of a lunch sack, patterned paper, cardstock, one embellishment, washi tape and a few tools?
Only ten minutes!
And that includes the time it took me to come up with my design and assemble my supplies. 🙂
Can I get a high-five?!
I love quick and easy papercrafting!!!
Well, that’s it for today’s Washi Magic!
Of course we’re willing to bet you’ve got more ideas for using – and storing – this must-have supply, right?
Share ’em, won’t you?
Thanks for tuning in, and if you like the ideas we shared today, please share this post with your papercrafting buddies – we’d sure appreciate it and we bet they would too!
Have a great weekend,
Steph & The PCC Team
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