Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Guest Post: Handmade Holidays Day 2 with Corrine Gilman

Welcome to Day 2 of Handmade Holidays!  Every day this week, you'll find unique art and craft ideas.  Today, Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studios has a fun gift bag idea with lots of up cycling.  Remember that every post has a giveaway, and all the comments for all the days count! 

Take it away Corrine! 

To make your gift bag, gather up some materials of your choice.

Deconstruct a paper bag.  
Cut out a rectangle 9x24

Fold up to form a 9x12 finished bag.  (Here's a template.)
(feel free to experiement with sizes that work for you)

Take some additional paper bag sections and crumple for a crinkled look.  Fold in half and glue to the bag rectangle. This provides some interest to your bag.  You could also use any other papers to trim the sides and the bottom as well.

I put together my decorative collage using more paper bag,an old envelope torn off with it’s stamp still intact, an old book page and washi tape.  I made a crumpled flower out of a coffee filter and added some punched shapes to form a center that I painted with glittery craft paints. Washi tape rounds out the trimming.  

I folded over and cut the top at an angle just to provide a visual break, punched a hole in the center and used a piece of stretchy lace to make a bow.  Perfect for a journal, book,  some art, a scarf or some mittens to fit inside.  You could even make some to give as gifts themselves for your friends and family to use later.  Happy stress free creating!
Thank you Corrine!  Corrine has offered to give away this beautiful brooch to a lucky commenter.  You can see more of her beautiful designs in Sparkle Days Studios Etsy Shop.

Remember, for extra chances to win, make sure to comment on all the Handmade Holiday posts!  I will pick all of the winners on Saturday morning, 11AM EST. 

Please leave your email address in your comment (like this: jessicasporndesigns at gmail dot com) to be considered for the giveaway!

And the winners are:

Corrine Gilman’s Brooch:  Lou Lou in Texas!  
Art is you Trade:  Suzie Q 23!  
Clay Ornament:  Karen!  
Hamsa Stamp:  Lisa Meyers! 
Three Trees Stencil:  Lu 

Make sure to check back for more projects and giveaways every day this week!

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  1. Thanks for sharing my tutorial. Hope everyone has a marvelous day as we head into this Holiday season. xox

  2. What a fun, organic way to create. You are the best to show us. Just lovely.

  3. It's a great idea. Receiving a gift inside of a beautiful handmade gift.

  4. I am a huge fan of recycling, and I simply adore the wonderful bag Corrine created. It is fun, funky, and I can't believe anyone would ever want to throw it away once they've removed the gift.

  5. I'm a Corrine fan, and one of recycling. Great Xmas ideas!

  6. Cute little smash-bookie recycled bag and button brooch! Proof that when you have an urge to create and make something fun and useful, you don't have to have expensive supplies to carry out your mission! Thanks for sharing. louise78130 at yahoo dot com

  7. A gorgeous--and functional--piece of art, Corrine! Your brooch is just lovely!

  8. What a fun gift bag. I plan to try a version of this for my holiday wrap. What fun. The brooch is wonderful.

  9. Thanks for all the sweet comments friends. xox

  10. Great idea for a gift bag! Thanks for sharing.


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