Easy Christmas Gift Bag Decoration

While digging around in the craft closet a few days ago, I discovered a cache of plain brown gift bags I bought months ago.  Knowing that I would soon need lots of Christmas gift bags, I starting thinking about how I could decorate the plain ones.

I didn’t really have a plan until one afternoon. As I was placing muffin liners in baking cups, I realized that muffin/cupcake liners are perfectly round when smashed flat. Having just seen some adorable zebra-stripe Christmas ornaments, bows and even wrapping paper at the local craft store a few days earlier, it suddenly hit me. I could glue the zebra- striped cupcake liners I had on the bags and they would look like Christmas ball ornaments. So that’s what I did.

This is a really easy way to decorate plain bags for all your Christmas gift-giving.

 Supply list:

Brown gift bag*, cupcake liner, scissors, Modge Podge, sponge brush, bottled glue, black Sharpie, glitter and other embellishments, pencil.

First, press the cupcake liner out as flat as you can get it. It won’t lay perfectly flat, but that’s fine. I think a few little bumps will simply add dimension to the decoration.

Next, cut a small piece of ribbon for the ornament “knob.”(I’m sure these little doo-dads have a technical name, but my Google-Fu is weak this evening.)

Since, apparently every ruler in the house just up and walked away recently, I can only tell you that I cut my knob roughly square and about the height and width of my finger tip.

Then, place the piece of ribbon and the cupcake liner on the bag. Arrange as desired. I liked the look of  placing the ribbon at an angle, so that it looks as if the “ball” is about to roll away.

Using Modge Podge and the sponge brush, glue the piece of ribbon down first. Then glue on the cupcake liner so that it overlaps the ribbon slightly. Press down on the cupcake liner center and smooth outward, getting it as flat and smooth as you can.

Now it is only a matter of adding as many or as few embellishments as you want.

 I measured out a length of ribbon, that matched the “knob,” just long enough to cover the front of the bag, cut it and glued it on. I used the sponge brush to apply a thin coat of Modge Podge first to the bag and then to the back of the ribbon. Don’t use too much glue. You don’t want to saturate the paper bag.

Next, I used a pencil to draw some squiggly lines around the “knob” and added some other flourishes around the bag. They’re hard to see in this picture, but they’re there.

Once I had the lines drawn the way I liked, I traced over them with a black Sharpie. I traced over the lines using the bottled glue. I also added some lines of glue to the cupcake liner to give the “ball” some extra bling.  Then…


Once the glue had dried, I drew a line around the ball with the Sharpie just to give it added definition.  I also drew on some more black squiggles.  I also dug around and found a few black sequins and glued them in groups of three to the ribbon trim at the top of the bag. I added a hand-made bow from the same ribbon as the “knob” and the trim.

Now it’s ready for some silver tissue paper and a fabulous gift for inside!

* Any color gift bag should work fine, as long as it’s a sturdy thickness. A thin gift bag might become over-saturated with glue. Also, I don’t know how well this technique would work on a gift bag with a glossy finish.





Here’s a better picture of the finished product.



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