Thursday, December 23, 2010

do it yourself apple star bags

♪brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things♫=)

brown gift bags can be purchased at most craft stores for about fifty cents each. they are very durable and perfect for stamping. no need to purchase expensive stamps - make your own adorable apple-stamped gift packaging with the tutorial below.

you will need:

an apple
red and green acrylic paint
brown gift bags
paint brush (optional)

1. cut the apple in half horizontally (around the middle) to reveal a star. scoop out the seeds.

2. using the apple as a stamp, press into paint.

alternatively, apply paint to the apple with a paintbrush.

3. stamp.

4. let dry for one hour. fold bottom under and follow same steps on reverse side.

5. add gifts, tissue paper and your own personal touches if you wish. below i used old bell ornaments with red embroidery floss.

* brown paper shopping bags can be reused for homemade apple-star gift wrap.

** you may need to cut through a few apples to find a nice star. simple solution for the duds - i juiced 'em with beets, cucumber, carrot, spinach, lemon and ginger.

 cheers to pretty personalized gift-packaging!=)


  1. So great idea! The bags you stamped look so pretty! And they're environmental-friendly. Very cute. Happy holidays, Kelli! I'm sure you made lovely presents. I was a bit lazy this year and didn't make all the presents myself. I'm still excited what others will give me. The most I'm excited about the gift from my American penfriend Emily (and I hope it arrives soon). Merry Christmas!!!

  2. I remember doing that in nursery as a kid! Oh good memories.

  3. How lovely! Happy Holidays to you too

  4. one year I made all homemade paper like that! I used some potato and made shapes on those too like trees and stars. fun stuff. i love the juicing idea with the leftovers. :-)

  5. you are so creative, these look fab!! wish you and your loved ones a happy festive weekend kelly and all the goodness on all levels for the new year, much love xox

  6. WOW! How cool is that!?! Here's hoping you have the best Christmas ever! God bless.

  7. Oh my gosh! I will be doing this with my grand daughter. Thank you for such a great idea!

  8. Awesome bags! Great cheapy idea for wrapping! I love that you can reuse bags too, unlike crappity wrapping paper. :)

  9. Hello,
    Vary nice bags,
    Tack the ribbons to the center back of the bag.


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