First, I purchased a pack of small brown kraft gift bags at Target.
I used spray on glue but if you don't have any, just use a glue stick.
A fast drying glue (fabri-tac, I use it for more that fabric!) or a hot glue gun.
Some string - a thin hemp is pictured.
Sprigs of greenery from your yard or in this case, my Christmas tree!
A ruler to help you tear straight.
Have you seen this cool ruler that Stampin' Up sells? It was kind of pricey, I think 19.99 but I have to say I love it! You just have to pay attention to which way you are tearing your paper or you will have more of a scalloped edge rather that the "torn" look that I love.
Here I've used just an old ruler to tear the music in a size to go on the front of the bag with several inches all around. I don't measure but just lay it on top of the bag and eyeball where to tear the next side.
Tear all sides and make sure it looks good laying on top of the bag and is square.
Here's where I take the piece of paper outside and spray the back with the adhesive but you could also use a glue stick here and there, too.
Place the paper on the bag and press. Next cut a decent length of string to wrap around your greenery.
Simply tie around the greenery and tie again to form a knot. I do it pretty tightly.
Turn your bundle over and add a drop or so of glue.
Turn it over and press into the area where you think it looks best and voila! You have a simple, elegant gift bag that would have cost tons at the store. When the greenery dies you can just rip it off and add new!
You can keep embellishing the bag if you choose. Add a vintage button to each corner of the paper and possibly to the center of the greenery. Or instead of string, tie the bundle up with some old lace.
I love the natural look of these and the simplicity. You could sit down for about 30 minutes and make up a bunch to use for your gifts. Some raffia would be beautiful tied around the handles too to keep the surprise a secret from those sneaky peekers! Let me know if you try these or if you have any questions!
Have a wonderful Monday ~ xxoo, Dawn