I was in the store last week and this bright blue Easter bunny caught my eye in the gift bag aisle, that cute little face was peeking at me. I knew immediately he would look great on my front door welcoming guests this spring...especially for Easter brunch.
Yup, he was made for wrapping, but that's ok, this past Christmas I discovered an easy way to make beautiful wooden signs from gift bags. They are simple to construct, super inexpensive and can be customized in an endless number of ways.
During the holidays, the gift bag selection is huge, but truth be told, gift bags are plentiful any time of year and the possibilities for decor are limited only by your imagination.
Here is a little collage of bags I found in one store, on one outing. There are sweet choices for a nursery, girl's bedroom, country, traditional and modern decor.
This is not just a holiday craft idea.
I however, just couldn't resist the charm of this little Easter bunny, so I am talking about a holiday bag again!
First things first, you need a board. You can pick up one like mine at the craft store (don't forget your coupon!), or if you would like something more simple, you could use a plain pine board. The big box stores will cut it to size for you, for free.
Not being one to waste, I started with a board I already had on hand. One side was finished, but the other was blank, so I turned my board over and got started.
At Christmas, I left my board unpainted. It fit the rustic feel of the bag, but my sweet bunny is bright and blue and so the board needed to be white for contrast. I painted it with white craft paint and a foam brush. The wood was so dry it required several coats.
While the layers of paint were drying, I cut the front of the bag off. I also removed the ribbon handle and gift tag from the bag.
A hot glue gun was used to affix the bag to board once the paint was dry. To cover the holes left by the bag and add a little decorative trim, I glued on some ribbon.
For a little more dimension, I added another layer of ribbon. I picked one from my stash that had shimmering polka dots, just like my bag.
A little paint, a little cut and a little glue was all it took to transform a gift wrap item into an elegant and inexpensive home decor accent.
I had originally planned for this little guy to hang on the front door, but he's just so cute, I have been looking for places inside to hang him, so I could see his face all day.
Why should the neighbors have all the fun?
And while he's not even remotely red, I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up in my kitchen.
He really is that sweet!
Are you ready to decorate with gift bags?
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