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DIY of the Week – Gift Bags

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The ‘Holiday Season’ is here and upon us in all its glory. Yes, with Garba in full swing, and Ravan knocking at our doors (only to be vanquished, poor lad), it is officially the season of lights, sweets, and yes, of course, gifts. And with family members, and friends, and co-workers to hunt up little knick-knacks for, wouldn’t be nice if you could find a pretty, but cheap way to jazz up your delivery of said gift? Well, don’t worry, over the next few weeks, we’ll help you out with some cool gift wrapping and presenting ideas that will be straight from the heart.

This week, we’re looking to make these pretty and vibrant gift bags. And the best part? You can make these in various sizes and colors, and well in advance (you can even start now), and just stick in the gift once you buy it, instead of painstakingly wrapping each individual item last minute. So let’s begin!

 

Image Source - Gift Ideas

Image Source – Gift Ideas

 

What you need:

1. Wrapping paper (we suggest using actual the paper sheets, not only are they sturdier than the plastic wrap ones, they’re also more eco-friendly)

2. Scissors

3. Tape or glue

4. Hole puncher

5. Ribbon or Jute string

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay the decided size of paper design side down. Now fold in one side towards the center, and the fold the other side with a little overlapping on the first fold. Tape to hold in place as in the photo.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 2

Now fold over the bottom section. This is the part we will convert into our bag’s base.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 3

Separating the edges of the folded over bottom edge from the center, fold in the sides as shown in the photo below.

Image Source - Pinterest

Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 4

Now take the protruding sections one at a time, and fold the first down towards the center line, folding the other one up, slightly overlaying it to strengthen grip. Tape along the joint.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 5

Open out the bag, and now fold inwards lightly the side sections (you might have seen these folds in all paper bags). These will help your bag maintain shape.

Image Source - City Kitty

Image Source – City Kitty

 

Step 6

Take the hole puncher and punch two equidistant holes for your handles in each of the wider top sections of your bag. Cut two lengths of ribbon or string to make your handles. Knot the end of one ribbon or string, pull it outwards from one hole and back into the other of the same side, knotting from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

Image Source - The Penny Hoarder

Image Source – The Penny Hoarder

 

And there you go! Your handmade gift bag is all ready!

 

Pro Tip:

You can make super kitschy looking bags by being creative with your choice of paper. You can use handmade or textured paper, your very own handmade marbled paper (remember how we learned how to here), jazz up plain paper with paints, washi tape, or bows, and even use the comic section of newspapers (looks real good too). It’s all up to your imagination!

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Image Source – yourstruly.com

 

Happy gifting!

Gifts from the Heart

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

No matter who you are, or where you are, you definitely have people in your life. Whether it’s family or friends, colleagues or classmates, people play an essential role in your day-to-day living. And with people, of course, come the celebrations.

The more people you have in your life, the more celebrations that you will take part in. Just think about it – for every association you make with another person, that person brings with him or herself a birthday, maybe a wedding anniversary, or even just a friendversary (as Facebook likes to call them) with you. And of course with celebrations, come the gifts. Because let’s admit it, what’s a celebration without a gift?

Now this is great when you’re at the receiving end of this little scenario, but what about all the 364 days when it’s not your birthday, and probably someone else’s? What should you get for you Mom? Or your cubicle buddy at work? Or your gym trainer? What about your significant other?

Here’s a list of ideas for options that aren’t the typical off-to-the-gift-store-to-buy-a-generic-card type. And if you see a trend of make-it-yourself options, that’s because they really are the best options. Not only are they cheaper than buying a random but expensive knick knack from a store, they also make sure that your gift stands out from the rest.

 

1. A card

No, no. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief here. We DO NOT mean go and buy one from a store. We’re talking about making one. You know, like you used to do in school? (But hopefully a bit prettier). Get some handmade paper with a flair of character, dig out those old watercolors (or craft paper and glue, if drawing or painting isn’t your thing), and get going. Make sure to put a nice, personal message inside, and there you have it.

Image source – Handmade Cards

 

2. A handmade gift

Since we’re already on the point of hand making things, this is one to note. Depending on your level of artistry as well as how much of time you are willing to commit, you can make something easy and less time consuming, or something intricate and delicate. It’s entirely up to you. And with easy access to interest and millions of sites and blogs dedicated to do-it-yourself projects and hand made gifts and crafts, the ideas and options are endless. Find something that resonates with the interests of the person you are making the gift for (something music related for a musician or music aficionado, jewelry for your sister or girlfriend,

Image source - Etsy

Image source – Etsy

 

3. A playlist

We know, this one sounds weird, but trust us, it’s a wonderful way to show someone how you think of them. Create a playlist of songs that remind you of that particular person. Seriously, think how jazzed you would feel if someone did this for you? It’s sweet, and completely personal, and the best thing is, if you’re not the crafty type you needn’t worry. There’s no getting your hands dirty with this one!

Image source – iMore

 

4. Coupons

Hilarious though it seems, we’re not talking about coupons from a newspaper, or those you find online for shopping. We’re talking about making your own coupons for a loved one. You could have one offering to make a meal, one for a date or shopping trip, maybe another for taking on a house chore for a week. Use your imagination, and create a set of these that suit your relation, and you have an easy, personalized gift ready that gives them something truly valuable – your time.

Image source - Elle's Studio

Image source – Elle’s Studio

 

 

So you see, it’s not that hard to personalize a gift. And the best thing, you can pretty much guarantee that the person you’re giving the gift will truly treasure it. After all, who doesn’t want to get a gift that is completely unlike anything else in the world!