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.
1. small gift bags
2. white acrylic paint
3. glitter ribbon
4. craft glue or transparent tape
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.
How are you planning to wrap your holiday gifts this year? Anything DIYed?
Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff
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Love all of your projects! I still have your stamped napkins in mind…I was reminded when you shared the gift wrap above. But, where were you when I was in grad school for clinical psych? Those inkblot gift bags would have been perfect!Kimberly
Wow what a cute idea! I have kraft paper bags that would be perfect for something like this.Rachel
Ink blots were so fun as a child! I would definitely do this as a project with toddlers to help them feel more involved.Stacia
Thanks Kel. The bag colors felt very Studio DIY to me. I was thinking that while making them. That’s normal right?papernstitch
This is such a brilliant idea! I love the colors you chose, too.Kelly @ Studio DIY
I have been thinking about doing this for artwork.
I love hearing what people see in these blots, Jenna. It’s so funâ€¦I made a few more bags that weren’t photographed and saw the weirdest things in them. Ha!papernstitch
They are quite lovely! They remind me a bit of bunnies 🙂Jenna
Thanks Jessica. You have an amazing eye for design, so I really appreciate the kind words. 🙂papernstitch
Oh I agree! I love non-traditional packaging…but I’m not the best at thinking them up lol! These are really great Brittni! I love how easy it is…and so artsy!!Jessica (Coco & Mingo)
Good point Nueyer. They would be a great project for kids to get involved with.papernstitch
That’s an easy and unique idea! This would also make for an interesting experiment for kids too 🙂Nueyer