1 In order to make your own paper bags you can print the whole sheet of paper first or create the bag and then stamp your design onto it.
2.I used the whole width of the roll of paper but if you want a smaller bag you can cut it down. Put the paper proper side down and fold the lengths of the edges towards the centre but the need to overlap slightly. Run glue stick down the centre back and secure the bottom likewise. Once glued, fold the base up and stick into position.
3. I neatened the top with pinking shears just for added interest, The top can then be folded towards the front or back as you like. Once you have made the fold punch either one or two holes in it. You can then embellish it by threading ribbon through. Which bags do you like best?
I also really like them made with plain kraft paper.
There’s such a heat wave at the moment it’s inspired me to make a really summery necklace. It’s very simple to make. A length of brightly coloured ribbon and a few silk flowers in bright colours. You could sew this but I used the glue gun.
1. Tie a length of ribbon on yourself to get required length for necklace. Then I hung my necklace ribbon from some kitchen cupboard knobs so it would hang correctly when worn. This gives a truer impression than when you create it flat on a table.
2.Select your flowers and choose the order based on size and colour.
3.Start by gluing / sewing the middle flower at the bottom on the ribbon and start working outwards.
4. You will find that because of the weight of the flowers the necklace will twist a bit. I glued some flowers to the back of the ribbon too. This helped to cover the ribbon and counteract the twist.
5. Keep adding flowers until you get the fullness desired.
6.Hey presto! This is flouncy enough for me. I love the colours and this will be great for summer holidays fun.
Let me know what you think and if you make one send your pictures in.
1. Using a selection of cotton lawn, linen, raw silk etc in various shades of cream and ivory I started forming flowers in my hand and then securing with some rather large stitches to anchor the shape.
2.I used a kitchen whisk as the base!!! It seemed the right shape with a little pulling to round it a bit. I covered all of it in florist tape.
3. I made a huge selection of the flowers and with my trusty glue gun started to secure them to the whisk. Who’d have thought!!
4. Here you can see the almost completed whisk.
5.I used the glue gun again to secure the satin ribbon I wound around the handle.
6.Here’s a close up of the lovely sentiment ribbon I used for the final bit of trimming….it dangled down from the handle.
7. And here comes the bride! My lovely daughter. She called her bouquet ‘my whisk’ all day and she loved it.