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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quick and Easy Gift Bags!


Today's post shows how quick and easy you can make gift bags for your family and friends using regular bags from Michaels (or even repurposing bags!) and your Cricut!

I made the bag above for my daughter for Valentine's Day and put some candy in it for her.  She's now in middle school and the days of Valentine's parties are over....I can't believe it!  I used paper from the WRMK (We R Memory Keepers) Valentine's stack and the Cupcake Cricut Lite cartridge.  I love this shaped word art!

I cut the "take a bite" word art at 3-1/4", both layers and then used black pen to add some stitching.  I cuttlebugged the background with the large plaid Cuttlebug folder and then layered it with pink.  I used a bag from Michaels that measured 9" x 6" (approximately).  Ribbon from Michaels.

The cupcake shaped "K" is from the Cupcake cartridge and is cut at 3-1/4".  Then I embossed it using the Cuttlebug and the Divine Swirls folder.


I made this bag for my son using the Cricut Street Sign Solutions cartridge cut at 2-1/2".  Heart was from Plantin Schoolbook at 2-1/2".  Ribbon by Stampin Up! Same concept as above.  I love how quickly this went together.


This last bag was a repurposed Coldwater Creek bag.  I used the Cricut Zoo Day cartridge and cut the animals at 2-1/4" using the child's name.  Wiggle eyes felt like a fun addition.


So, here are three quick ways to make fun gift bags using your Cricut.  None of these bags took more than 10-15 minutes to do - the hardest part was choosing paper.

Be sure and check out Joy's and Melanie's personal blogs for more creative goodness at Obsessed with Scrapbooking and Courtney Lane Designs!

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181 comments:

Sabina said...

Hello,
a great bag, i like it, a wunderful idea!
Greets Sabina

Saskia said...

Lovely gift bags! Great idea to twist the ribbon under the heart. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kerri Marie said...

Such a great idea! And I love the cupcake font, too cute!

9 2 midnight said...

their just awesome looking bags. Love the colours used... :D

Jolanda said...

your bags are lovely and a great idea!

Short Scrapper said...

I'm working on hospitality bags for my daughter's wedding. What a neat idea!!!!!

Crystal said...

Love re-purposing!!!

DebJoAl said...

Cute gift bags!

Holly Hudspeth said...

Cute Idea. Just love it!

craftymom205 said...

Love the bags.

LyndaKay said...

I think decorating a kraft bag and personalizing it makes the gift even more special. Thanks for the ideas.

Laney said...

Your bags are very cute what a great idea, thanks for sharing.

Show Love-Make Cards said...

These are really fun and practicle! Thanks for sharing!

Sabrina said...

Sooo cute! I love the idea of making your own gift bags! Love them all-cupcake bag is my favorite though!

Angie said...

I love them, all adorable, and the eyes on the animals were a great addition!

Debbi said...

These bags are super! I love the animal bag. :-)
*smiles*
debbi

Brigitte said...

They are really cute!!! What a great idea! TFS
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

What darling bags!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice gift bags thanks for sharing!!!

Sammi Jo said...

super cute, I cant wait till i get to make them for my kids classes!
Sammi Jo
SammiJos365DayChallenge.Blogspot.com

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Yeah i use those bags a lot too. Love them.

LEEANN said...

Cute bags. I do this too and am so glad to see others doing it. (eventhough my family doesn't see the need in them) What do they know? They enjoy getting them.

JenBenLola said...

Adorable bags! I always loved decorating the bag for gifts. Give it an added personal touch! :) JenBrierley2 at gmail dot com

Kaycee said...

Adorable!! Where are you getting the brown bags? Have you found them anywhere you can purchase quantities??? (I'm all into saving money!) Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

spelsue said...

Great idea. Easy project with high impact. Thanks for sharing. We can keep it green by reusing old bags!! Its a win, win for all.

Stephanie said...

These are so adorable!! I love the embossing swirls on the cupcake!!
Hugs,
Stephanie

wimarinemom2006 said...

Great set of gift bags.

Ann said...

THANKS FOR AN IDEA I NEVER EVEN GAVE A THOUGHT TO BUT WILL FROM HERE ON IN! THEY ARE ALL ADORABLE!
mstgane
Ann

Amy said...

Love the bags... And so great to repurpose them!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

Maureen Reiss said...

Awesome looking bags!! And I love that they were all made so quickly! TFS

Joyce said...

Great idea using shopping bags! I always keep them as they're too good to toss, but now I'll use up more scraps making them gorgeous!!! Thanks for the idea!
jdwlo

Lucille said...

tHIS IS REALLY A GRET GIFT IDEA.

Ann said...

such an awesome way to recycle paper bags as well.

Meghankelly said...

That's a great idea for gift bags!! I'm going to have to do that next year for my babies class!!

Ohhh Snap said...

Very cute bags! TFS :D

Kate said...

Great bags! Choosing the paper is always the most time-consuming aspect for me too!

The Kansas Stephens said...

Bring this one out next year the week before Valentines!! I loved these three ideas

MulticrafterAmy said...

Cute bags!
amywooten2010 at gmail dot com

Karen Wilson said...

Oh wow, this is really cool! I really love that this idea can be used for any occasion. I also LOVE the faux stitching! Right up my ally! TFS!

Seth, Sheena, Carlie, and Kaylee Hirschi said...

I Love the Valentine's Bag I Have the Cup Cake cartridge and haven't used it yet and that would be a great one to do for my Daughter's teacher for Valentine's Day Thanks for the idea I Love it!!!!!

Bonita said...

I love making gift bags. Your's are great. Thanks

Deanna said...

Cute gift bags. Love the idea will need to remember this for future gift giving. TFS

StefanieH said...

What a cute idea. these look amazing. TFS.

Denise said...

Your gift bags are unbelievably gorgeous!!!! I really love the last one with the Zoo animals. Now I'm thinking I might need that cartridge...hmm... Good thing my birthday is coming up :)

mitch1066 said...

I love this idea!Id recycle some bags for sure.Everytime i come here im inspired and awed by the possibilities for my new cricut expression.Thank you!!

Pink Lady's Paradise said...

Really cute ideas!

Thanks for the inspiration,

Cindy :)

ellen s. said...

OH I LOVE to alter bags! these are so cute!!!

Linda said...

I Love, Love these bags! Thanks for the great ideas!!

Julia said...

Love the bags. What great projects.

annied said...

The bags are beautiful. great work!

Treva said...

Cute, thanks for sharing such a great idea. I've used this concept before but not exactly as you did.

Buggy said...

love the bags! i keep telling myself I should try that- thanks for proving how simple and fab they are!

Em'smom said...

What a super cute idea! I would make a card and attach it to the plain bag. I think making the bag the card is super! thanks, Lori
lori(dot)harrison@csus.edu

Lori said...

What great gift bags!

Kimberli said...

Great idea to make your own bags, that's something I never think about doing! Thanks for the inspiration!

SherriC. said...

Super cute bags Joy!!!!!
thansk for sharing.....

mekei said...

i love the quick and easy part - and they look great

Just A Pac Rat said...

Bags are great! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ideas, we all have bags that need to be reused just sitting in our closets.

Thanks,
Roxanna
bswinch at aol dot com

Karen said...

This is a great project. karen_schluter at hotmail dot com

Mollie said...

Great idea! I love it and will definitely do that from now on. Thanks so much!!!

MAM said...

I have lots and lots of bags in my stash - cute ideas for decorating them. Thanks so much!

GreenScrap said...

Super cute bags!! Love it!! TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Peg Toth said...

I love gift bags. Thanks for the great ideas.

NanetteMT said...

Love the bags. So simple but cute. They look like you spent lots of time on them. TFS!

Just Me said...

Those bags are so cute.

Lisa said...

What a cute bag! Great idea to dress up a plain bag instead of buying one of those store bought gift bags! Thanks for the inspiration!

Scrapper69 said...

Wonderful Bags Joy! I Like the fact that they can go together quickly and still have a nice stylish look! :o)

Sage said...

love to repurpose bags and personalize them...great ideas!

sagemo at aol dot com

Dee said...

So cute, so simple and one hundred and one uses. Thanks for sharing.

KTbirdiegirl said...

Great gift bags. This shows just another way to finish off the perfect gift. TFS.
Kathryn

Carrie K said...

Very cute bags!! Another great way to use all my "stuff"!
Carrie
carriedan1 at live dot com

JenE said...

Love your bags!!! Great font too!

Crafty_Judy said...

They are absolutely adorable. Will have to keep these pictures so I make sure I do something like that next year and then change the paper up for upcoming holisays. Thanks so much for sharing.

TeresaK said...

Love your bags! I've repurposed a few store bags this way, covering up the logo and they turn out great!

Jill said...

LOVE IT! Do more of those... I have got to try that!

cj boyce said...

Great idea. I never think to decorate gift bags with my Cricut.

Denise-Scrapmouse said...

Great recycling idea! Thanks for sharing.

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snappy scrappy said...

Love all your bags!!!

ShoppingTamii said...

love these bags!

Faith-Abigail Designs said...

So cute! I love that shaped phrase. I might have to give this cartridge a second look.

Donna said...

Wow, so many applications! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

lucandi said...

love them.. great way to reuse bags

sleigh said...

What great ideas...luv the bags! TFS :)

sweets3068 said...

Those bags are just too cute!

Syd said...

What a great bag! Lots to look at and still a simple project. Thanks for sharing.

Kristie Maynard said...

I love fixing up bags for gifts, makes them so personal and so much cheaper than buying the premade ones! Very cute!

Christine said...

great idea! I am going to try it this week.

littlen said...

Great gift bags, and so easy to do. TFS.

cdaily28 said...

Love the bags that you made!

4kids4 said...

I love dressing up gift bags...my kids now want to stamp on them! :-) TFS!

~Sharon C.

gardener said...

What clever bags. Really like the zoo animal ones. - innovative way to present the child's name. Thanks

Karen said...

Your bags are too cute!! That is my hardest part of all projects picking out the paper!!!
Happy Crafting!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

CraftyNCrazy said...

I just got a cricut yesterday, I can't wait to start using it for fun stuff like this!

Glora said...

SUPER CUTE bags. I love them!

RAP said...

A great idea for an easy personal touch. I should stock up on some of those craft bags.

Tabitha said...

What a great idea. Love those. I have that really pretty ribbon from Stampin up too. ;0)

CathyinMN said...

Those bags are all adorable. TFS!

Rochelle Crawford said...

I am SO LOVING the gift bags.. Just another reason to keep my cricut out and ready to create.. :o)

~Rochelle

Donna said...

Cute bags! love the take a bite one so cute!

Roenick said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of decorating bags!!

Court said...

Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

I love decorating bags and Cricut makes it so easy and cute. Love the ideas and how easy it is to make a few changes for a different occassion. TFS

Scrappy Chic said...

Love the idea, I made Hello Kitty Bags for my sister for Xmas. They turned out cute.

Karen said...

What cute and easy bags. I really love those zoo animal letters!

Crhiga said...

Love the gift bags. It's great how you can jazz up anything!!!

Carol

Anonymous said...

Great gift bags!! I love the wild animal bag!!

Amy said...

Great Idea! I'm always looking for new ideas for wrapping gifts!

Jennifer T said...

I love this simple idea. I have some plain white bags I got for something and didn't use all of them. I've been trying to figure out how to make the most of them. I think I'll do this! Thanks...

Kris said...

Love them! You can totally personalize any bag with out cricuts!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Denise said...

Love it...making your own gift bags!!! YES!!

Angela said...

Cute! I just got my cricut last week. My first project was a gift bag for a baby shower...love these ideas.

Marlene said...

great idea and lovely bags!!

lindagk23 said...

Love your gift bags! Thank you for the inspiration! lindagk23

Melanie said...

That's a great thing to do with the kids. They would have a blast doing them up for their friends gifts or even a picnic.

Lisa said...

Adorable bags Joy! I love the re purposed bag, with the animals, so cute! Thanks for showing a great way to make easy and fun gift bags!

Crafty cupcake animal hugs!

Lisa Sturgill : )

Angela said...

Great bags. Middle school is a tough one. My 7th grader still wanted candy, so I repurposed a container with "gamer" paper and then filled it with treats and slipped it into his backpack. Later I texted him and told him to check his backpack. He was actually okay with that.

Cathy said...

Nice gift bags, I like how you make a nice scrapping project that also is a recycling idea! tfs.
Cathy
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Crafty Sue said...

Great looking bags! Love it when you repurpose things around the house! TFS

JANLYNN said...

A cute and resourceful idea.

Windy said...

Great gift bags. I'm always looking for ways to decorate gift bags. Thanks.

*Star said...

Cool gift bags! Tfs and have a great day. :)

Rose said...

So cute!!!Love the cupcake K tag & that valentine paper.Your ribbons give your bags that special touch Love the ideal in repurposing too! TFS.
Rosebud

Barb A. said...

Fantastically quick and easy gift bag. Thanks for sharing your talents.

scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

pennykitz said...

WOW You are an amazingly talented lady!!! I love these quick projects, they are so inspiring!
pennykitz@charter.net
http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

Cynthia B. said...

Cute bags! I hear 'ya on how amazing it is that my kid is in middle school now! *sigh*
But I hope my kids never get too old to appreciate a nicely decorated bag! Thanks for sharing your cute ideas!

Gayle said...

Nice work!

sunnyday1k said...

Great Bags! TFS

littleeifwife said...

So talented...thanks for sharing!

peifert@fuse.net

joni said...

Great bag ideas!!! TFS!
hugs,
joni

Jarna said...

These are cute and easy looking. Thanks for the idea.

Peggy said...

Love the bags! I'm already thinking birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and others. Thanks for the ideas!!!

Mrs.PeruStarsFan said...

Great gift bags. Who ever received this would be just as excited for the wonderful bag as they would be for the gift inside.

Oh the wheels are turning!

Kimberly
Kimberly.pate@gmail.com
http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com/

Ryansmaama said...

Really cute bags. As always "inspiring".--Ryansmaama
gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

chinduncan@yahoo.com said...

cute gift bag ideas! I am sure to try these.
chinduncan@yahoo.com

Denise said...

I love the "Take a bite" bag. Afte looking at your cute bags, you have inspired me to pull my cricut out and start using it again. Thank you so much!! YOU ROCK!!

Kristen Ann said...

Great bags! Just recently purchased Zoo Day and am eager to try it out now. Thanks for the ideas.

Anonymous said...

Love the bags. Thanks for sharing.
Erin K.
ekell77 at hotmail dot com

chignon said...

Terrific idea. It's always wonderful when we can re-purpose an item with crafty goodness!

ITeachK said...

These bags are great! My god daughters birthday is fast approaching - thanks for the inspiration!

Scrappin Melissa said...

These are VERY, Very cute! Love them. Great way to recycle shopping bags into something really fun

mary said...

What a transformation from a plain Jane bag to a wonder piece. So cool!

Kimberly said...

I just love the designs and colors you used. Super cute. I'll have to incorporate this next time i'm giving gifts. TFS!
www.canadiancraftcorner.blogspot.com
kimbob27@hotmail.com

. said...

So super cute. TFS! Bug Hugs :D

xxsquigglesxx said...

I love these! So cute!

Sanwanya said...

Love the bags! Great inspirations!

KK said...

I think I am going to buy someone a gift just so I can make one of these super cute bags!!!!
kayk55 at aol dot com

paperscissorsink said...

Those are CUTE! I love the idea of putting there name on it, I will have to get some of those bags for future birthday parties. TFS!

AprilsL8 said...

Love these bags! It's always great to recycle!

Latinacreativa said...

Lovely bags-I ALWAYS recycle! It's the greatest feeling that you can re-purpose just about anything with a Cricut. It's so sad when the kiddos reach middle school (my oldest son is 13). They get way too serious about Valentines!

AShu93 said...

Great way to re-purpose those bags.

skstroud said...

These bags are so cute!

Donna said...

These are great!! I love repurposing these bags - thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Lisa R said...

Love the gift bag! Cheery. I'll have to give it a try.

Becca P said...

The decorated bags are adorable! Will have to try that really soon.

Stacie said...

I love gift bags! Thanks for the great ideas!! A fun way to package a handmade gift!

~Olga said...

Great bags, TFS.

upnurse said...

these bags are adorable thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

Jean said...

Such cute bags!

tena C said...

These are so cute!
The last one was my favorite, though. Thanks for all the good ideas!

Laura said...

Those bags are way too cute!! Thanks for sharing!

laurakim said...

What great ideas!!
www.impulsebuyer-laurakim.blogspot.com

dlhawkins04 said...

Love, Love, Love the gift bags!!!

AJoy said...

Cute bags!

April
nginerd at gmail dot com
http://ajoy2scrap.blogspot.com

The Antonich's said...

I am going to keep this in mind for Halloween bags for my kids :) Very fun!

Jan Foselli said...

I love the repurpose idea! Great job on these bags - I like the Word Art.

mimikat33 said...

I've always reused gift bags when I can but I love how special a brown paper bag can look. Great Job, very pretty. I'd love to win the Jubilee cartridge

Lori said...

I love this and your blog.
Blessings, Lori
itsybitsystitches@gmail.com

Lori said...

I'm a follower.
Blessings, Lori
itsybitsystitches@gmail.com

alwayscharlie said...

These bags are so cute! Thanks for always giving such creative ideas to us.

Kim. said...

Great bags, love them all. The bag you made for Alex is super sweet for a child.
Kim xXx

Missy said...

Very cute!

Jenna Lynne said...

so cute! i love these gift bags!

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

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Bobbi said...

What a great idea. I love how you personalized them. TFS

sucor said...

These are awesome! What a great idea! I've a couple bags saved, thank you!

jennyplace2 said...

Once again another great project..love the gift bag! TFS.

Sophia said...

I just went to a party the other day and I did this to one of my plain gift bags! Loved it!

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

great bags! i keep forgetting i can do this!

Anonymous said...

Came for some inspiriation for a birthday gift bag and am so happy I found this page! I'm now a subscriber! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jayhay0306

lucia said...

how cute bag!! super nice!!

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