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Holiday Packaging DIY // ink blot gift bags

I have to admit, I really like non-traditional packaging when it comes to the holidays (or any occasion really). I don’t know why, but that’s how it goes around here. So when December hits, I try to come up with some unique way to package things…which seems to almost always boil down to handmade gift toppers or stamped wrapping paper or unusual gift tags, etc.

But this year, I found some brightly colored gift bags that inspired me to embellish gifts in a different way – with ink blots. Well, it’s actually paint not ink, but paint blots don’t really have the same ring to it. Do they?

These little guys are perfect for housing small gifts for the holidays, especially when you add an evergreen embellishment. But these are also great to use for birthday presents, hostess gifts, etc.

Unique Holiday Packaging DIY


1. small gift bags

2. white acrylic paint

3. glitter ribbon

4. craft glue or transparent tape

How To:

1. Start by randomly squirting small drops of paint onto one side (right to left) of a colorful gift bag.

2. Then fold the gift bag in half long ways, like a hot dog bun. Apply some pressure to make sure the paint attaches. Then open it back up to reveal your inkblot design. Set aside and let the bag air dry.

3. Once the paint is dry, it’s time to add a handle. Cut two 4-5 inch pieces of ribbon and attach the ends of each to the inside of the bag (one ribbon on each side) with glue or tape. Add tissue paper and greenery and you’re good to go.

Holiday DIY // gift bags

Holiday Gift Bags DIY with or without handles

Ink Blot Packaging for the Holidays

DIY // Ink Blot Bags

colorful ink blot bags

How are you planning to wrap your holiday gifts this year? Anything DIYed?

Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Be sure to check out today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway with Mer Mag and Little Goodall, especially if you have any kiddos at home.


I can’t wait until we get our Christmas tree (Jeff and I are planning to go this weekend). I even have a few presents all ready to put underneath our soon-to-be ‘fir’ry friend (see what I did there?). But, on the subject of gifts, something tells me I’ll need to step up my game when it comes to packaging this year. Last year, I kind of slacked and if just didn’t feel right. So here are nine awesome DIY packaging ideas for the holidays. No slacker packaging here this year. Enjoy!

1. sparkly diy gift wrap idea from Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion

2. tissue paper gift topper from Tiffany of Simply Modern Mom for papernstitch

3. happy holidays gift wrap printable from Jeanne for Sarasota Magazine

4. pom pom gift wrap idea from Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5. wallpaper gift bags diy from Brittany for Oh Happy Day

6. hand-drawn printable gift tags from Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look

7. stamped wrapping paper diy from yours truly

8. sparkly gift wrap diy from Whimsey Box

9. fresh greenery gift toppers from Karen of Sunday Suppers

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Have a great weekend!



There are a few birthdays coming up in my family, so I have gifting on the brain. BUT I have a very limited supply of gift wrapping supplies right now since most of our stuff is still in storage. So I rummaged around in my backpack and found a few things to play around with and I came up with these hand painted color block gift tags.


Step by Step Instructions:

1. Painted color block technique – This one is pretty straight forward. Just grab you paint pen and get to work, drawing stripes or other designs. Make sure you think about your color scheme before you get started. I tried a few colors before I landed on hot pink paint for the tags.

2. Polka dot technique – Grab your adhesive circle labels and stick them where ever you want on your tag. Then paint over the entire gift tag with your paint pen and let it dry. Carefully remove the stickers and touch up if necessary.

Here are the finished tags…

I used a stamp on a few of the tags as well. I don’t use my stamps enough. I really need to start using them more.

So what do you think?

Will you try these color block gift tags the next time you are wrapping a pressie?