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DIY Easter Egg Vases

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09 DSC 0150 DIY Easter Egg VasesEaster is this weekend and I wanted to make a fun centerpiece for the table for our Easter dinner. I have been inspired by the adorable egg vases I have seen floating around on Pinterest like this one, this one, this one, and this one. I thought I would try my hand at making my own egg vases. This was a super easy and fast DIY, and I think it is going to be perfect for our Easter table!

Here’s What You Need:

*Fake Dyeable Easter Eggs (I bought mine at Walmart)

*Dye (I used Procion Dyes that I had from fabric dying)

*Mini Spray Bottles

*Protective gloves

*Belt Sander or Dremel fitted with a sanding disk

*Paint (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is sand holes into your eggs. Set up your dremmel or your sander. Run the tip of the egg over the sander or sanding disk and grind down the tip of the egg until you have a hole in the top the size you like.

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Next, you are ready to dye your eggs. You can use a dye kit, or you can spray on dyes like I did. Open up your mini spray bottle and add a tiny bit of dye into it. You only need a pinch. Fill the bottle with warm water and screw the lid back on. Shake it up.

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Put on your gloves. Grab an egg and spay the egg all over with the dye you mixed up. Make sure you spray your eggs over a sink or tub, and rinse the dye out of the sink as you go. Once your egg is saturated with dye, set it aside to dry using the little paper rings that come with the egg kit. Repeat with your other eggs.

While your eggs dry, you can paint the egg carton if you like. Once the eggs are dry, load them into the egg carton and add your flowers, filling each egg with a little water.

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06 DSC 0140 DIY Easter Egg VasesIsn’t it cute! I just adore spring! Don’t you! I love how versatile this project is as well. You can totallychange up the look just by the dye and flowers you use. There are a lot of sweet egg vases and planters on pinterest to inspire you. Definitely give this DIY a try! You’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Ten Minute Floral Headband

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Easter is going to be here before we know it! For all of you ladies that want an accessory a little more subdued than a fancy Easter bonnet, give this easy floral headband a try! This faux floral headband is really fast to whip up, and it is easy as pie!

Here’s What You Need:

*Skinny Metal Headbands

*Wire Floral Picks (I bought mine at Michael’s)

*Wire Cutters

*Glue(optional)

Instructions:

This diy is so simple! The first thing you need to do is separate the floral pieces in your floral pick. You can usually just pull branches off of the main stem. Once you have your floral pieces separated you are ready to add them to your headband. Take one of your wire floral pieces. You can trim the tail off to about an inch or so below where the floral piece starts. Take the end of the wire on the floral piece and wrap it around your headband. Wrap the floral piece around the headband a couple of times until it is wrapped all the way around and lies on the top side of the headband. Take a second piece of floral pick and wrap it around your headband just above where your first pick is wrapped. Continue on wrapping your floral wires around until you have as much as you like on your headband. I used one full floral pick on my headband, and I shifted the bunch to more of the side of the headband. If you wrap your wires well around your headband, you should not need to glue it in place, but you can add a few drops of glue to the ends if you like.

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I love this little floral headband! It really adds a little spring sweetness to an outfit. You can wear it with your Easter dress, or jeans and your favorite soft tee. I love the simplicity of it, and how customizable it is! You can change the look simply by using different floral picks. I hope you guys will give this one a try! You’ll want one in every color! I will be back next week with another fun spring DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring Gardens

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diy mini easter gardens DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI am so excited that spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up a bit! My spiraea has started blooming, and it won’t be long before everything else starts to grow. I recently snagged a set of little plastic vintage party favors, or nut cups as they are usually called. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, I just knew I had to have them! Once I got them, I thought they would make the cutest mini spring garden containers to brighten up my home for spring. These mossy little gardens are a cinch to whip up, and they are oh so sweet sitting on a shelf or a little table!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Party Cups/ Nut Cups

*Reindeer Moss

*Floral Picks

*Little Paper Flowers

*Vintage Miniatures

*Wire Cutters

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies. Choose floral stems that have small elements like tiny flowers or stamens, little butterflies, etc. I chose to use reindeer moss. It is green and very spongy. I like the texture of this moss, and I feel like it holds my picks well without having to glue anything.

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To start a mini garden, grab one of your little baskets. Grab a small handful of your moss. Stuff the moss into the basket. Pack it down and smoosh it well. You want it to be nice and compacted.

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Next, grab your wire cutters, and clip off some small elements of your floral picks. Cut a few at different lengths. Make sure you have at least a half an inch or so at the bottom of your stem. Push the pick into the moss where you want it. It should fit snugly into the moss. Add as many picks as you like.

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Now, you can carefully place your vintage minis and paper flowers onto your garden. If you want to make them permanent, you can glue them into place. I like to reuse them, so I don’t usually glue them down unless I have to.

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To finish your garden off, add your basket’s handle to the basket where the holes are. Now they are ready to display.

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easter succulent DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI LOVE these little vintage faux gardens! They add a nice pop of spring color to my living room shelves. I think it would be really cute to add a little name tag flag to the garden and use it as a place marker for a spring table setting too. These little baskets are really fun and fast to create! I made four of mine in less than twenty minutes. I also used one of the baskets as a planter for a tiny succulent I had. You can find these little vintage nut cups on sites like Ebay or Etsy. I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a try. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Shabby Vintage Doily DIY Dream Catcher

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shabby dream catcher Shabby Vintage Doily DIY Dream CatcherTwo weeks ago this past Saturday we lost our favorite rooster Mabock. He was a beautiful black silkie rooster, and the sweetest we have ever had! Somehow the side door of the coop was not properly closed and the girls were able to get out and free range in the yard when no one was home. We came back and found that Auntie Mame had been attacked by an animal we think was a coyote, and Mabock was missing. We found the little guy a little bit down from the road the next day. Judging by the feathers and tracks in the yard, we think he saw Mame being attacked and came to her defense. He saved her life, but was attacked himself and died. My dad buried him near the coop so he can always watch over his girls, and delivered a sweet little eulogy. He was our favorite bird that we’ve ever had, and he will be missed by all of us! You never really think you can get so attached to a chicken, but they wiggle their way into your hearts! I was able to recover some of Mabock’s feathers from around the yard and decided to clean them and make a dream catcher. I used to make these when I was little the traditional way. I recently saw a dream catcher made from a doily and embroidery hoop on Pinterest Here and Here, and I thought I’d like to try one of my own. You can find tutorials all over the internet for making your own dream catcher. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Doily

*Embroidery Hoop to Fit your Doily

*Yarn, Ribbon, Trims

*Fabric Scraps (Various Lengths, smallest being at least 10″ long)

*Leather Lacing

*Embroidery Floss

*Feathers

*Double Stick Tape

*Scissors

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cover your outer hoop piece in your yarn or ribbon. Tie your end of yarn to the hoop where it begins at the top. Wrap the yarn around the hoop. Keep wrapping all the way around the hoop until you get to the other end where the wood stops. Tie the end off and snip off excess.

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Cut various lengths of fabric strips, ribbon, and trims. I believe my longest piece was about 26″ long and my smallest piece was around 10″ long. Take a piece of trim or fabric and loop it through the bottom of the hoop and match the ends of the piece together so they are even. Now, hold the fabric close to the bottom where the hoop is and loop the fabric ends through making a knot up against the hoop. So you will have a knot at the bottom side of the hoop and two tails of fabric coming down from your knotted strip.

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Continue adding fabric strips and trim pieces until you have a nice amount on the bottom of your hoop.

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Cut a long piece of leather lacing to tie in the middle of the strips and two medium lengths and two small lengths as well. Tie a couple of feathers to the ends of your leather lacing with embroidery floss. Wrap the floss around the feather top several times to cover the ends. Tie off the thread, knot well, and trim excess thread.  Add the leather strips with the feathers to the bottom section of the hoop with all the fringe. Place them where you like. I made my long one in the center, the medium ones midway through on each side, and the shortest near the ends.

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Next, run some double stick tape around the outside rim of the inside hoop. Stretch and smoosh the doily over the hoop securing the edges on the tape. The tape will help hold the doily on the hoop so you can sandwich it inside the outer hoop. If your doily is larger than your hoop, you don’t need to worry about taping it. Once your doily is secure, place the outer hoop over the inner hoop and fit together, adjusting the screw at the top as necessary. Once your hoop is put together you can finish it off by stringing some ribbon to the top for hanging.

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I LOVE my funky little hoop! It looks really cute in my craft room. Every time I see it I will think of my favorite fluffy little man. So not only is it cute, it’s also special! You can totally customize this little hoop to your liking and really make it your own. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! It’s a great project for the kiddos too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Rustic Photo Frame

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Hey everyone! The other day Daryl and I reinforced the chicken coup with extra chicken wire. We ended up having a few scrap pieces left over and I thought I would save them for a project. I have used chicken wire on organizers before, but I thought it would be fun to use some in an accent with a matted frame. This project is really easy and super fast to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*8×10 Frame ( I bought mine at Target)

*Chipboard (Like a cereal or cracker box)

*Burlap

*Chicken Wire

*Double Stick Tape

*Regular Acid Free Tape

*Ruler and Pencil

*Wire Snippers

*Box Cutter or X-Acto Knife

*Photo or art print (the photo I used was a 4×5)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your chipboard. Cut the outside dimensions to an 8×10 size. Cut the inside opening to a 5×7 size. Mark out the 5×7 to be centered in the middle. Cut out the shape with your knife.

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Next cut your burlap to be about an inch larger than your mat. Center your chipboard mat onto your piece of burlap. Run your double stick tape along the right and left sides at the outside edge. Fold the excess burlap to the back and tape down. Next, fold over the top and bottom and tape down to the backside.

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Now, cut an “x” in the mat opening with the knife. Then cut the flaps down to about a half inch from the chipboard. Apply double stick tape to the burlap and fold back and tape down to the backside of the mat opening. Now you should have a burlap covered mat.

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Next, cut a piece of chicken wire with your snippers to be a little smaller than 8×10″. Flatten the wire out the best you can and tape the chicken wire down to the back side of your mat.

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Lay your photo face down on the table and then lay your mat face down over the photo. Center the mat over the photo so it is centered in the mat opening. Tape the photo to the chicken wire in the middle. To finish off, add white paper to the backside, slide your matted picture in the frame and close up the back.

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I love this frame! It is a great way to display one of my favorite photos of my Hannah Banana. This project was super easy! It took me all of fifteen minutes or so to make, and it was fun! I love using fun mats in my frames! IT is one of the easiest home decor diys that can really make an impact in a space! I used burlap, but it would be fun to use a cute fabric or paper to cover your mat with as well. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 24th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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1950s Dress – Designer 50s Day to Evening Party Dress – Pink Polka Dots from Vintage Philosophy 

 

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Vintage Pink Rhinestone Brooch Earrings Set (Flower Brooch, Drop Earrings, Pink Glass Navette Opals, 1950s 1960s Mad Men Costume Jewelry) from Red Garnet Vintage

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Pink Moonglow Lucite Twisted Hair Stick from Ruby in the Dust Vintage

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1950s vintage hat / fascinator / Entwining Flora from Poppycock Vintage

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Sweet 1960s Pink Bead Clutch Purse from Sweet Trash Vintage

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Vintage French Galalith Chunky Bangle Petal Pink Roses and Leaves from The Gatsby Gals

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Vintage Embroidered Day Dress by L’Aiglon from Wanderlust Mobile Shop

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Vintage 1950s Pumps / 1950s Kitten Heel Shoes / Floral Pumps from Bloombird

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Vintage Federal Pink Basketweave Juice Glass Set of Seven – Mid Century from Jen’s Closet

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Pink Mid Century Zenith Clock Radio from Flea Finds NYC

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Pink Chenille Bedspread or throw blanket from Charlie’s Nest

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Vintage 1950s pink spaghetti poodle from Atomic Dimestore

Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Upcycled Sweater Mini E-Course

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Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course,  is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 3rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I am very happy that we are now ushering in February! It is one of my favorite months! I love to decorate for Valentine’s Day! One of my absolute favorite color combinations is soft pink and bright rosy red! It’s a very lovey-dovey combination don’t you think? I have compiled a little collection of vintage finds in lovely pink and red hues to share with you all today. Take a peek:

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SILK 1950s Floral . Vintage Cocktail Gown from Vera Vague

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1950s raspberry bobble necklace // tri strand // vintage jewelry from The Dress Form

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Life Stride Vintage 1950s Pink Leather High Heels, Size 8, New Vintage from Meghan Cutler Recycled

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Vintage Red Velvet Velour Hat Beret Made in France from Scatterbugs

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1950s Pink Gingham Dress from Strawberry Koi

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Vintage Earrings Pink Jewelry Pink Red and White Dangle Chandelier Earrings from Blue Sparrow Vintage

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1950′s Cadillac Red Space Age Vinyl Handbag Purse from Hey Viv

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Vintage Red Bow Pillbox Hat 1950s Millinery from Tangerine Vintage

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EAMES RAR – C+C Custom Powder Coated Rocker Base from Cast and Crew

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1950s Pink Melmac Bowls. Set of 6 Six. Sun Valley from Blue Sugar Vintage

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SPARTUS Plastic WALL CLOCK red and white mid century modern outstanding condition 1950s vintage from Tripped Out Atomic

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AMAZING 1960s vintage 5 piece tin tray set with openwork scalloped edges and handpainted flowers from Our Vintage House

Aren’t they all fabulous! I LOVE them all! I love the pleating details on the pink dress, so cute! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with some Vintage Valentine’s finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 6th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new year! It is getting really cold here this week, and there is talk that it could possibly snow. I love it when it snows! This week, I compiled a little collection of vintage finds that are themed around snowy winter whites. Here are my absolute favorites:

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vintage 1950′s winter’s icicle cardigan from 1919 Vintage

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Mid Century Milk Glass Beaded Necklace from Rumplebin 

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vintage 60s embroidery dress from Ms. Tips

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1950s shoes/ 50s heels/ cut out vamp from Shop KLAD

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1950s white italian made leather driving gloves from Secret Lake

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Vintage White Rhinestone Flower Brooch and Clip On Earring Set from Scarlett Heart Vintage

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Vintage White Bubble Bead Purse – Retro 1960s Mod Purse by Bonnie from Maejean Vintage

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1950′s Wool Coat from The Velvet Princess

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White, Knit Baby Blanket 1950′s from Eclectic Shop 

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Milk Glass Hand Dish Soap Rings Vintage White Milkglass Tray from Veraviola

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Vintage Midcentury Dishes | Set of Six 6 Gold and White Atomic 1950s 1960s MCM Mad Men Kitsch Mid Century | Atomic Gold Bowl Set from Millay Vintage

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Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all, especially the cardigan and milkglass! I hope you all have enjoyed this wintry collection! Be sure to check out all of these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! You will love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth Drawstring Gift Bags

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Hi guys! A few months ago I came across some shabby Christmas tablecloths at a show and just had to have them! I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my holiday crafting this year. I didn’t really get the chance to use them in my decor this year, so I thought I would use them in my wrapping. Drawstring bags are really easy to make and they make sweet little gift bags!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloths

*Ribbon

*Safety Pin

*Scissors

*Ruler

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

Drawstring bags are really easy to make, and you can make them to your own dimensions easily. To make them like mine, you want your length to be longer than your width. My largest bag is 15×18″ and my smaller bag was 8×13″. Measure down three inches from the top on both sides and snip into the fabric by about 1/4″ where marked. Place your front and back pieces right sides together. Begin stitching at the first notch you make near the top. Stitch down the first side, across the bottom, and then back up the other side stopping at the other notch in the side using a half inch seam. Press open the seam allowance. Now you want to top stitch the seam allowance closed on each of the four sides. Fold the top of the front side of the bag and the back of the bag down by 1/4 inch, then fold the top down again so that the top is folded under to just above where the side seams start. Top stitch close tot he edge on the front and back sides forming the casings. Press your bag. Now fasten a safety pin to one end of your ribbon and feed it through the casings in the top of the bag. Pull the ribbon through and keep a long loop on the opposite side, so you have equal lengths of ribbon on each side. Cut the loop. To close the bag, scrunch the bag up and tie each side with the ribbon in a bow.

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I love these bags! They are so easy to whip up and the prints of vintage tablecloths are divine! You can easily make these to fit your own gifts. The greatest part is that the gift inside will come with it’s own bag to keep it safe when storing. I hope some of you all will give this one a try! It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with some printable Christmas tags! Until then…

Happy Crafting!