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If you have spent any amount of time on Pinterest then you have seen the array of adorable gift bags out there with printable baggie toppers. I absolutely love them. They are a quick and easy way to decorate small gifts. This week I had planned on printing some out for some thank you gifts that my daughter has been wanting to hand out, but lucky me my printer broke.
I really didn’t want to buy a new printer.
Ordering prints, while an option, kinda defeats the purpose of quick and easy as that involves leaving the house with the kids for a special trip.
And…I just am not techy enough to tear a printer apart to fix it.
Then while enjoying the peace and quiet that comes during those rare moments that my kids are all occupied it clicked. Why not continue the art activity that had them so silently engaged and use their creations to make our own bag toppers?! I am in love with just how beautiful these Quick and Easy Kid Made Gift Bags turned out!
Items Needed to Create Your Own Quick and Easy Gift Bags
- Sandwich Bag
To fill our Thank You Bags we chose to use the new 35 stick-packs of Extra® Gum. My kids found these during our last shopping trip at Target. Originally they picked up some 15 stick-packs in the candy isle so they were super excited when they found these 35 stick-packs in the checkout lane. More gum means more to share! Since we absolutely love Extra® Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® we thought it would make the perfect gift to say thank you to those in our lives who Give Extra. Give Extra, Get Extra =)
How to Make a Gift Bag
Making these kid made gift bags is super easy, just let your kids create!
This is the perfect way to reuse any process art projects your kids may be doing as abstract work looks stunning on these bags. Once done painting simply set them aside to dry, and then you are good to use their masterpieces!
In your sandwich bag carefully place the new Extra® 35 stick-packs. They do come in a really nice hard recycled plastic case which makes them perfect for taking on the go, but also can cause them to tear the sandwich bag if you are not gentle. Once in the bag seal shut and fold your kids art work over the top leaving about 2-3 inches on each side. Trim the artwork accordingly.
And glue down. A glue stick works beautifully for this. You could also staple it. I like to use glue because when the other person opens it it peels nicely instead of ripping.
If you use glue, allow it to sit long enough to dry then trim down the sides to the size of the bag.
Then you can write your message right across the top of the bag using your marker, or to give it a little extra pop you can write on some white paper, cut it out, and glue it on. I LOVE how cute these turned out!
If your family makes these Kid Made Gift Bags we would love to see the fun! Share your creative ways to give on social media with the hashtag #GiveExtraGetExtra