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today, our featured blogger, the always talented & incredibly creative lolly of LollyChops. lolly writes…
Rustic Cookie Bags
Grab yourself a mega pack brown paper lunch sacks and keep on reading!
Let’s say you are feeling crazy crafty and want to sit down for a day to make up a set of bags… I have some ideas you can take and expand on below… BUT… if you have 9 million things going on at once and just don’t have a day to sit and craft BUT you still want to knock out some cute handmade gifts – I have you guys covered as well (with some download and print freebies).
Oh and I also tried to keep this as simple and inexpensive as possible. Honest!
For the innards I used Wilton loaf bags (but you can use gallon zip lock bags too (you have to chop off the zip lock part).
There seems to be a lot of chopping going on today… hmmmm.
I found the Wilton bags at Michaels, JoAnn AND even Walmart (you can get them online HERE too).
Version 1 – Semi Advanced Crafters Version
You are going to roll the top of the paper bag like a little cuff (just one time for this bag)…
…but before you do that you will want to glue the contrasting piece of paper to the edge (make it so the scallop shows a little if you want). I just used a roll on adhesive like this one HERE.
I glued a die cut word down to the bag using roller adhesive.
If you don’t have a die cut machine you can find some already die cut words in the craft section of your local craft store.
I used a Sizzix Sizzlet strip to make this word. You can see the one I used HERE.
It’s a Uni-ball – Signo – Broad (white pigment ink pen) (um-153). You can get one (or 20) HERE.
So then I cut out another “Noel” in red and tried my best to outline it with a little faux stitch pattern with my new super pen.
You can tell I have a ways to go to perfect the faux stitching thing.
A really really long ways. hehehe
I applied 3D adhesive to the back of the faux stitched “Noel”…
…and stuck it over the white “Noel” that was on the bag.
I lined them up as best I could.
The white “Noel” behind things helps the red fella stand out a little better.
How to assemble them (I forgot to take pictures of this part)
Apply some roller glue to the inside bottom of the cuffed brown paper sacks.
Take your clear sacks, open them up a little and put them into the inside bottom of the cuffed brown paper sacks and press the bottom to the glue (it does not have to be super stuck down there… it’s just to help the clear sack and brown paper sack stick together a little better).
Once you have the clear sacks in there you can fill them with cookies.
If you are at this part and are worried that you might not have enough cookies for all of your bags you can pad the bottom with some loosely crumpled wax paper. It works like a champ!
Version 2 – The looks advanced but it’s not version
For this version you will want to emboss a giant holiday something (I used a snowflake) on the bottom half of your trimmed bag.
I used this snowflake stamp HERE and opaque white embossing powder.
…oh and if you are worried that you don’t have a heat gun for heat embossing…
I don’t have one either!
I use this heat gun/paint stripper thing.
It has a low setting and I am super careful with it (super crazy careful).
I have been using this gun for ALL of my heat embossing for years (and I have even stripped a few pieces of furniture with it as well!!).
I then stamped the word “Joy” onto one of the leftover pieces of brown paper sack (from the pieces I cut off).
I used a Martha Stewart stamp from a holiday set I got last year. There are tons of really nice sentiments out there so look around or just raid your stamp stash!
I used some of the new American Crafts Zing embossing powder (I totally LOVE the bright colors of this stuff).
It’s not showing up super well in my pics but this color is Cricket (in opaque).
You can see it HERE.
I cut out around the word (it was WAY easier than it sounds… trust me).
What I really liked about this was that the paper was so thin that it kinda blended and melded together.
It almost looked like I used two different stamps and embossing powders at the same time to make this.
I am not sure the picture does it justice but trust me… it’s a way cool effect! You should try it!
You can stop here and just roll the cuffs and apply a little tag…
Way 3 – Potential for inky fingers version
Ok… back to crafts!
For this version I used some of my punches.
Martha Stewart – holly punch – available HERE
Marvy Uchida – pink scallop punch (a LollyChops MUST have) – available HERE
Marvy Uchida – blue circle punch – available HERE
If you have the circle scallop and plain circle punch you can make a trillion different tags. Those are two good punches to have handy!
I inked the edges of my punched shapes since sometimes the white edges show through.
I used 3D adhesive on the back of the plain circle to get it to stand up some.
I also traced around the holly shape and did some faux stitching around the inner circle with my uni-ball signo pen. Oh how I LOVE that pen!
Now… remember ole the fabric Smooshy Stack Trees from way back… You can see them HERE if you have no idea what I am talking about. Well… I used that same method to make up some paper trees!
Condensed details below…
I snipped tree edges on to the sides (see the smooshy stack tree post for more pics and details).
I inked up the rumpled tree layers (opening them and inking each layer).
Soak them good. This lunch sack paper is like a miracle or something.
It can take anything! I did not rip a single edge during this entire project making bonanza!
Way 4 – Easy cheese version
We are on the home stretch folks! You still with me??? I saved the easiest one for last! Honest!!!!
I left the doobers on the ones on the left and cut them off of the ones on the right.
I can hear you guys now.. doobers? What the heck are doobers?
Bear with me folks… I am getting to that part!
You can leave those fabulous doobers on there (you have to cut around them of course) and then you can punch holes in them and thread ribbon through the holes!
WOO HOO! …maybe not as easy as the doober-less ones but they sure do look purty!
You can get the PDF of these tags below!
That’s all I got for today! I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration for fun and easy ways to dress up those holiday goodies!
about lolly: My name is Lolly and I have a little craft blog over at LollyChops.com. I live in Bedford, Texas with my husband Ron and our 3 doggies! I work full time as an IT creative director but do crafts of every sort during my free time!
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