When the Holidays start approaching, I'm always on the lookout for great ways to give simple gifts to my long list of people that have been a special part of my family's life through the year. With so many friends, neighbors, teachers for my three boys, our soccer coach, special education teachers for my son with Autism, friends at church, co-workers, etc....the list can get to be pretty large! Still, I always want to make sure that they know how special they are to my family, and one of my favorite ways to do this is through handmade gift bags filled with yummy treats.
These gift bags are fairly simple to make, yet still have a great "I handmade this just for you feel."
We fill ours with our favorite fudge recipe and they are always a huge hit! I also love that its easy to include a matching card with a letter, note or gift card.
To make these gift bags all you need for the base is a sheet of paper cut down to 11"x8 1/2". I'm using Holidazzle today.
Next, you're going to use your Scoring Blade to score according to this template (all measurements in inches from the left side and bottom of the paper):
After you're done scoring, you will use your All-Purpose Scissors to cut on the bold lines at the bottom of the paper. It should look like this once you're done:
Next, fold on all of the score lines to start shaping the bag.
A little Tape Runner along the side (the sides will overlap a little) and on the bottom holds it all together.
Once your bags are filled, you can close the top by pinching the edges together and folding over about 3/4".
A strip of paper ribbon with tape runner along the back holds it closed.
Thankfully these bags are simple to make, so I can make a lot of them in just one evening. The best part is having my boys help hand them out! They are always so excited to give something to the people they care about. And this year, some of my boys are old enough to help make the bags, which will make giving them away even more special.
P.S. Looking for more great gift ideas? Check out the Holiday Gift Giving Sale (through Jan. 1, 2012)!