Do you save gift bags from previous occasions in hopes that you can reuse it one day? We all do! The problem is, many bags are printed with a particular theme, and that theme may not be appropriate for the occasion. You can change all that, though, and create the perfect Easter gift bag by starting with most any other bag. The trick is to make the bag look as though it was created especially for Easter – and it is!
Solid color bags work great for this craft but you can also use bags that feature stripes, dots and certain patterns. It can be tricky turning a birthday-theme bag, or anniversary-theme bag, into an Easter bag but it can be done. That is, if the birthday theme is printed all over the whole bag. If the bag has large “Happy Birthday” or other words on the front or back you can still turn it into an Easter bag. But, if the bag has “Happy Birthday” printed on the sides as well, you may have to select a different bag.
To change your chosen bag into an Easter-theme bag you have many options. One of the easiest ways is to cut two egg shapes from posterboard. The size of the eggs are determined by the size of the bag you’re using. The egg shapes need to be large enough to cover the entire front – and back – of the bag. The egg shapes should also be slightly taller and slightly wider than the bag itself. Allow at least an extra inch on each side, an extra inch or two at the top, but no extra at the bottom.
The posterboard can be decorated with Easter gift wrap, Easter-theme fabric, or even scrapbook paper. After completely decorating the egg shapes you’ll then glue them to the bag. Stand the bag up and open it completely. Place glue on the backside of the bag and position one egg shape to fit on the bag. The egg shape should align perfectly with the bottom of the bag, rise slightly over the top of the bag, and be equally positioned between the sides. Reach inside the bag and press the egg shape against the bag itself. Allow to dry while doing the same to the other side.
The front side of the bag, of course, is generally the side that folds. The one fallback of this craft is that, after attaching the egg shapes to the front and backside, the bag will no longer fold away for storage. The egg shapes prevent the bag from ever being folded again. Still, the bag is impressive and will thrill any young child.
There are other shapes you can create besides the egg shape. Cut out shapes of bunnies or even shapes for other holidays. You can make a stocking-shaped bag, a Santa face, a heart-shaped bag and more. There are virtually no limits to the shapes of bags you can make. Although you can still see the sides of the bag after completing this craft, the fronts and backs take on a whole new look.
Create fabulous bags by the embellishments you add. Use ordinary Easter gift wrap to cover the egg shapes then use glitter pens to enhance the images. Or, use metallic tape to create glitzy stripes for the Easter egg bag. The tape is found at craft stores and comes in metallic colors of gold, silver, blue, red and green. It’s so easy to use that kids can even create striped egg bags. Other choices for embellishments include fake jewels, painted wooden shapes, sequin, beads, fabric scraps, satin bows or ribbon, and even pipe cleaners. You’ll find everything you need to make the perfect Easter bag at your local craft store.
It’s so much fun to create your own unique bags that you’ll want to make them for every occasion. You’ll save a lot of money over buying new bags and no one will have seen anything quite like the one you create. Bags that feature holiday themes, ribbons, glitter and similar embellishments can be quite expensive, so even if you don’t have any gift bags at home, purchase a cheap, plain bag and make it your own design. Ordinary paper bags with handles are very inexpensive, but when you finish with it, the recipient will think you spent a fortune!