Printed Custom Gift Bags Christmas DIY

When it comes to the end of year busyness and Christmas craziness, we don’t always get to do everything that we set out to do. I always intend to come up with a simple, but unique, way to wrap up the Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I so often end up doing it last minute. Of course, much of the shopping happens last minute too, forcing the wrapping to be even later! This year, you can use this easy little hack to make your own printed custom gift bags.

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

What you need:

Plain paper gift bags
A4 scrap paper or cardboard
Masking tape or washi tape
Your own custom designs, names or Christmas greetings. A simple message done in Word or Paint is sufficient. (Or you can download the files designed for this post at this link)

Print DIY custom gift bags at home

Tape the paper bag to your scrap paper, with the front of the bag facing up. If your design goes right to the edge of the page, be sure to tape the under side of the bag to avoid printing onto the tape.

Taping the bag onto the paper allows for the design to go right to the edge of the paper bag as the printing border then falls onto the scrap paper. It also feeds more easily through the printer. Although higher-end printers may be able to handle the bag on its own, when I tried feeding the bag straight into the printer it made the most horrible crunching sound and jammed! Not fun!

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

Once you’ve printed out your own custom gift bags, simply remove the tape gently and get wrapping your gifts!

Print DIY custom gift bags onto any paper bags at home

I love the difference in the effects of printing onto brown paper versus white paper bags. While I always prefer all my gifts to be wrapped in the same way, using the same designs on different colours of paper bags keeps the look uniform, while adding variety to each person’s gift.

Do you have any gift wrapping tips? We’d love to hear them!

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

Wishing you the best Christmas season of relaxation and joy!

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P.S. If you like the animal Christmas tree ornaments, you can find the tutorial for them here.

Colour dipped pillow box with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

®Isn’t it lovely to finally find a good use for empty toilet rolls! I love recycling and if I can do it creatively, all the better.

®Turn your cast-away toilet rolls into little pillow boxes in a few easy steps and finish them off with a dash of colour.

I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Provence, Antoinette and Louis Blue (this is my favourite combination from our Christmas 2014 palette). Shop your chalk paint online here!

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Step by step

1. Take the empty toilet roll and remove all leftover traces of glue and paper

2. Push it flat so it’s got folds on both sides

3. Create half moon shapes by pushing in the top 1cm of the sides towards the centre of the roll

4. The sides must overlap so the contents of the box don’t fall out

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Finish it off

Do these folds for the top and the bottom of the roll so when done it resembles a pillow. Hence the name!

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Color dipping

I have folded the pillow box first and then unfolded it to color dip. Post-dipping folding is easier if there are folds to work with!

Simply take the roll and dip it into the first paint colour (we have used Louis Blue here). Let it dry and then dip into the second colour (Antoinette).

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Leave to dry and then fold again on the folds you have created before and voila! All done.

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These pillow boxes are great for jewelry or even seed packets as gifts!

Happy styling,

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Hand printed gift wrap with stencil and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I found this great Bambi shape in a book and had to trace it to make a stencil immediately. You can do this with just about any shape: place tracing paper over the image and use a pencil to trace the outline. Then place the tracing paper pencil lines down onto stiff card and use the back of the pencil to rub off the lines onto the card. Cut out the shape precisely with a craft knife on a cutting mat. Why not start your own collection?

So to give my Bambi extra flair I added a pattern layer to create this effect. It’s so easy you will laugh but looks like a million bucks. The best part is that I will reuse the Bambi on fabric as a herb heart to keep the moths at bay!

Let me take you through the DIY step by step.

I have used Provence and Antoinette (to color dip the lace) from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® palette. Shop your chalk paint online here!

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You’ll need:

Lace or crochet fabric | Stencil | Unprinted newspaper | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® | Lace

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Step 1:

Place your fabric on top of the unprinted newspaper and then add the stencil on top. Make sure that the holes in the fabric is big enough for the paint to get through to the paper to make a clear print. Now simply take a sponge roller and with pressured strokes paint the cut out section.

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Step 2:

Leave the paper and the fabric to dry. See how sweet the print came out on the fabric!

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Step 3:

Color dip a piece of lace by using Antoinette diluted with water and submerging the lace to soak for a while. Hang up to dry and see how it transformed the lace with the subtle pink.

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All done! Quick and easy right?

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I hope you try this one and have lots of fun with different shapes, colors and textures.

Happy styling,

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Hand printed gift wrap with empty rolls and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

My cat loves playing with empty toilet rolls as they make a sound and move and that’s all she needs. Finally I got a good use for them as I’ve always wanted to explore different DIY options with them.

Early next week I will share another splendid use for the toilet roll cast away by turning it into a pillow box.

For this project I have used Provence and English Yellow from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® color palette. Shop your chalk paint online here!

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You will need:

Empty toilet roll | Unprinted newspaper | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

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Step 1:

Shape your empty toilet roll into a heart by giving it a bend at the top to form the two lobes and a pinch at the bottom to form the point. How sweet is this? I love it!

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Step 2:

Paint even spaced blocks with your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Provence (the color not the place – unless you happen to be there of course!). Let it dry.

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Step 3:

Dip the edge of your heart shaped roll into Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in English Yellow and stamp in on the blocks that you have just painted. Try to make it interesting by not doing them all dead straight but one or two just a little twisted.

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Step 4:

Color dip paraffin lamp wick by diluting a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in English Yellow with water. Submerse the wick and let it soak before you hang it up to dry.

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Step 5:

After I did the heart I just couldn’t get myself to toss it away … so I incorporated it with the color dipped wick so the receiver of this gift can also use it as a stamp – the gift that keeps on giving!

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I simply made two holes through the sides of the heart and threaded the ribbon through. Voila!

Happy styling,

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Hand printed gift wrap with egg carton and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Egg cartons have so many uses in my house. I often use it as a drying rack for a paint project or even as storage for small items in a drawer. I love the shape and were so happy to incorporate it into my hand-printed gift wrap series.

Upon closer inspection I realized that if you turn the carton upside down it makes perfectly spaced circles.

We have used these three colors from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® palette. Shop your chalk paint online here!

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Louis Blue – Pair this pastel with white for a fine Rococo look or combine with brights for a vintage retro aesthetic.

Antoinette – This soft pale pink takes inspiration from the dusky wall colors and decorative pieces of 18th century French interiors.

Provence – Recalling the shutters and doors of the South of France, this color works equally well for a modern look.

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You will need:

Egg carton | Unprinted newspaper | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®

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Step 1:

Simply paint the back of the cartons circles in different colors with a brush.

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Step 2:

Turn the carton back up and stamp it on your sheet of unprinted newspaper. Apply even pressure on the carton when stamping. Repeat the pattern. You might have to re-apply the paint as you go along.

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Step 3:

I color dipped a paraffin lamp wick to finish off the gift. Simply dilute a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® with some water. Add the lamp wick, submerge it into the mixture and let it soak for a few minutes. Then hang up to dry and voila!

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I simply love the final effect! It’s like wax seals in different colors and makes a fun and playful pattern.

Happy styling,

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Hand printed gift wrap with bubble wrap and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Finally I found a good use for my rolling pin! This little DIY is so simple and makes a very good impression as gift wrap.

The tiny air pockets of the bubble wrap becomes polka dots and by combining two colors from our Annie Sloan palette it adds a fun element.

We have used Napoleonic Blue and Antibes Green. Shop your chalk paint online here!

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This is a simple DIY that you can get the kids to help out with. It’s loads of fun!

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You will need:

Rolling pin | Bubble wrap | Unprinted newspaper | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue and Antibes Green

Step 1:

Wrap a strip of bubble wrap around your rolling pin and secure it with double sided tape.

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 Step 2:

Paint the bubble wrap (with the air pocket side up) in two color ways in bands all around.

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Step 3:

Roll the rolling pin on your unprinted newspaper to form bands of dots.

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Step 4:

I have used a paraffin lamp wick as a finishing touch in yellow. Simply dilute a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow with water. Submerge your ribbon and let it soak for a few minutes before hanging up to dry.

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It’s as easy as that! Hope you have lots of fun with this one.

Happy styling,

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Hand printed gift wrap with twine and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We all love receiving a gift no matter how big or small. Make your gifts extra special by printing the paper by hand. It’s loads of fun and the kids will love it too so get them involved.

I will be featuring six different wrapping paper DIY’s all done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint over the next few days. The best part is that I’ve really used what I had around the house like twine, bubble wrap, empty toilet rolls, egg cartons and printed it all on unprinted newspaper.

Let’s start off the gift wrapping bonanza with this wonderful circular twine print in two colors selected from our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint palette. Shop your chalk paint online here!

Louis Blue – Pair this pastel with white for a fine Rococo look or combine with brights for a vintage retro aesthetic.

Antoinette – This soft pale pink takes inspiration from the dusky wall colors and decorative pieces of 18th century French interiors.

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You will need:

Circular lid | Clear packaging tape | Natural twine | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in two colors (we have used Louis Blue and Antoinette) | Sheet of unprinted newspaper

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Step 1:

Reclaim a nice size lid from the kitchen cupboard and get your natural twine.

Step 2:

Tape down the start of your twine to the inside of the lid so that it stays put.

Step 3:

In a circular motion, wrap the twine around the lid until you are happy.

Step 4:

Tape down the end of the clear packaging tape so that it all stays nicely in place when you stamp and cut the remaining twine off.

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Step 5:

Paint the top of the lid with the two colors to cover the twine. You might have to reapply a coat or two depending on the amount of times you have to stamp on your paper. Otherwise the pattern will be very faded.

Step 6:

Stamp down the painted twine onto the paper and apply even pressure to get a clear print. Continue until you are happy with the amount of circles you have on your sheet.

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Step 7:

Leave to dry and take the twine off your lid. I have incorporated it into the wrapping also by leaving it to dry and then wrapping it around the gift as you would with a ribbon. I love not having to toss it in the bin and think it’s the perfect finishing touch to the look of the gift with a contemporary twist.

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All done!

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I love the subtle pattern and geometric forms it creates. This was so easy and quick I will definitely recommend you try this at home.

Happy styling,

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