DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags
Do you collect little treasures throughout your day? I’m always on the lookout for a pretty rock or shell; a tiny acorn, flower or anything that catches my eye. My shelves are lined with treasures and trinkets I’ve collected over the years. There are times when I like to hold a few treasures together after say a special walk on the beach, or a magical day spent in nature. Sometimes I’ll carry a small drawstring bag in my pocket to keep the things I collect safe.

After looking over all the things I’ve collected, I thought it might be fun to put together a small bag of treasures for ‘good luck’. It would make for a wonderful and thoughtful gift to someone special. Decorate a muslin gift bag with a stamp or RIT dye and you have the perfect gift or favor.

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DIP-DYED BAGS

• Muslin drawstring bags (any size you like)
• RIT liquid dye
• Salt (if needed)
• Paper towels
• Small disposable plastic cups
• Plastic gloves
• Bake sheet and dry rack

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags

The first step is to fill your cups with 1/2 cup hot water (one for each color of dye you want). Then add in 2 tablespoons of dye and *2 tablespoons salt to the water. *Be sure to read the instructions on the bottle. Not all colors require salt.

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Prepare a surface with paper towels or newspaper. Place a cooling rack on top of a bake sheet lined with paper towels. Carefully dip a muslin bag into the dye, holding it in the dye for 3-4 minutes. Once you get your desired shade of color, carefully place the bag onto the rack to dry. Repeat this process with all the bags you plan to make. Allow to dry completely.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags #craft #gift #dye

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags #craft #gift #dye

Treasures to find and collect:

• Rocks, stones or gems
• Feathers
• Shells
• Flowers
• Buttons
• Acorns
• Coins
• Beads or charms

Always keep your eye out for treasures! Whether you are taking a walk through your neighborhood, hiking through the forest, relaxing on the beach or digging through a thrift store- look for things that attract YOU. It could be a shape, color or texture that you feel drawn to. Listen to your intuition and you’ll find some truly amazing treasures!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags #craft #gift #dye

DIY: Dip-Dyed Treasure Bags #craft #gift #dye

DIY: Plastic Free Card Wraps

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Instead of using plastic sleeves for my cards, I like to hold the card and envelope together with a strip of recyclable paper. I also use this as a chance to price my cards, and provide a little story to go along with each design. (Stories can make your products- more on that in the Packaging Post).

Since I’ve been using the photo corners to package my prints, I decided to move over to a similar method to pack my cards. I played around with folding until I came up with a method that needs no tape or plastic, but still looks pretty nifty!

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First I print out my card descriptions, and cut them into strips with a rotary cutter. Each strip is about 2.5″ tall and 11″ wide.

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For smaller cards (up to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) I use a decorative blade or punch on one edge of the strip.

A Then I turn everything over, and center the envelope diagonally on the paper strip. B Once it’s centered, I fold the non-decorative corners in, using the envelope as a guide. C Then I fold the flap back across. The scalloped edge will now be on top…  D so that I can slip the corner of the card into the little pouch I made with the folds. Then I slip the other corner in. The card itself keeps the wrap secured.

I use a similar method to cover larger cards (up to 5″ x 7″), with a couple of changes. Since I have to use more of the length of the strip, it takes a little adjustment to make sure that I have a pretty corner to tuck into. I still center the envelope on the strip (diagonally) but then…

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I fold the two opposite corners first. (Notice that the first fold doesn’t quite cover the whole corner of the envelope.) G Then I fold the second, longer, side over to make the same type of pocket for a card. Then slide in the card a corner at a time.

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Voila. A plastic free wrap, and a story too!

You might not need to use exactly this method for all the things you get up to- but I hope my experiment encourages you to think outside of the box with your projects. Just a couple of little clever changes could make the world a better place.

(I’m thinking big.)

 

 

DIY: Make your own PhotoCorners + Printables

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Did you know you can make your own photo corners?

I got tired of using boring photo corners in my albums, and to secure my prints, so I came up with a way to make my own custom corners. I usually use a coordinating paper (sometimes decorated) to complement the photo or print. (For instance, I use the Square Flap Method in kraft paper to secure my prints to their backer board in the store. This keeps them safe, without having to use plastic sleeves on everything.)

There are a couple of different ways I make the corners depending on the print of the paper, and how I will be using them. I’ve included a little printable sheet with instructions (one to save and one to share). Click below to print your own.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, try both methods in a variety of sizes. Sometimes really big corners are a blast, and sometimes tiny ones are the way to go. Once you’re done with that…

Print your own captioned photo corners!

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I had so much fun putting together the box template last week, that I thought I’d make some printable corners for you to customize with your own captions. The template pages can be edited in Adobe Reader(available for free here) and have instructions for assembly. (Using the Square Flap Method.)

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All you’ll need to put them together is a pair of scissors and glue (or double-stick tape).
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Each template includes one illustrated and three patterned corners. Feel free to use as many as you like. (I find two work well for smaller photos, while larger photos stay in better with four.)

Click on the thumbnails below to open and save a template.  Then, simply open them in Adobe Reader (available for free here), click on the type to edit what each corner says, and print as many as you want!

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Well, I’m off to make a bunch of corners for my new set of prints. What are you up to today?

SHOW + TELL: Watercolor Gift Packaging & Free Printable Gift Wrap

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I had so much fun making my ‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows that I decided to whip up some cute gift packaging to give them as gifts. To start, I decided to make my own gift wrap. First I got out my watercolors and painted some doodles in cool colors; blues, greens and purples. Then, I scanned in the artwork and made a repeating pattern in photoshop.

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I printed the patterns on my Canon i9900 inkjet printer. It can print oversize so I was able to print 13″x19″ size sheets. I also made an 8.5″x11″ version for you all to download and print (see below)! This free printable gift wrap is perfect for wrapping up small packages.

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I also tie-dyed some tissue (tutorial on this coming soon!) and made some tissue flower gift toppers following Lia Griffith’s tutorial. I tied each box with baker’s twine and added some custom labels and gift tags courtesy of Evermine.com.

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Custom labels and gift tags courtesy of Evermine.com.

Watercolor Gift Packaging & Free Printable Gift Wrap #printable #giftwrap

Free Printable Watercolor Gift Wrap

Click on the images below to download, print and use how you like.

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