Friday, December 23, 2011

last-minute gift bag idea

I want to share a quick idea that came about when I had just enough time to package teacher/school/bus driver presents but not enough gift bags. What to do?

I gathered red and white items: white lunch sacks, red and white baker's twine, gift tags and this fun set of assorted cupcake papers in three sizes from Ikea.

Next, I did a practice run of laying flattened and folded cupcake papers over a closed sack and liked what I saw!

Finally, I looped a length of baker's twine beginning from the back of the sack, stapled everything securely and added a gift tag. {At first I punched holes and strung the twine through but it was difficult because of the many layers.}

And now off to run some elf-errands!

Wishing everyone a very lovely, very happy and very healthy holiday season!



Claudia said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah, Elyse!


Theresa said...

Love it, I happen to have some white bags and some festive cupcake papers:) Thanks for the idea! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

NanaDiana said...

What a cute and sweet idea! Love it- Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family- xo Diana

Katy Noelle said...

Good morning! and a very Happy Christmas to you, Elyse!!!=]

I've been kind of silent, lately, but you've gotta know that I'm thinking about you - coming and finding beautiful cheeriness and the joy that comes your chipper self! I've found my "get up and go" and have been racing, for a couple of months, now, to get things in order for the new year so that I can get up and go with my photography and blogging again. Don't you just love it when that whirlwind energy and inspiration hits??? =] or,, maybe, just always are a whirlwind? Well, reading your Christmas posts, you certainly have been this month and,'s all beautiful! Just magic! So lovely and bright and perfect Christmas - pretty things all around and the joy of giving and special time with friends!

Happy Christmas, lovely friend!!! =]


birdie blue said...

love this idea, elyse. simple and pretty, my favorite combination. the sweetest package ever arrived in the mail, thanks to you, my friend. rosie is absolutely delighted. thank you, thank you!


The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

this is as sweet as sweet can be!!!! i love gift bags and this one is at the top of my list -- simply ADORABLE!!! thank you for sharing your creative genius with us! sending you and yours tons of holiday hugs!

Jill said...

Such a clever idea!! I love those.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and Hannukah!


Hearts Turned said...

These are adorable, Elyse! What a wonderful idea (not surprising, however, as you did it!)

Thanks for all the joy and creativity you share throughout the year, dear friend!

Sending lots of Christmas joy and wishes your way...

Merry Christmas!


SLR said...

A dor A ble! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you sweet Elyse!!

Anonymous said...

These are so cute, Elyse!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Merry Christmas Tinker~Hope your holiday is extra sweet.

debi said...

OH! Super cute idea!!!

Wishing you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas & Happy Hannukah!

Rosie said...

How have I gone so long without finding your blog???! Delicious!

Melinda said...

Enjoy the holiday season!


Simple Home said...

Adorable Elyse! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Great idea! I should have grabbed those cupcake liners at Ikea. Happy holidays to you and yours, Tammy

luckygirlgifts said...

Oh Elyse,
you always have such lovely ideas.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and may the next year bring you even more success than this year!!
Cari b.

Unknown said...

Beautiful, Elyse. Happy Holidays!

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

that is so creative... so sweet. merry christmas friend. : ) xoxo

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a cute idea, Elyse! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Twyla

Free Pretty Things For You said...

you know how much i Love paper bags!! How Adorable!!
Merry Christmas to you too sweet friend!!

casapinka said...

So, so pretty. I LOVE red and white together, esp snowflakes and reindeer. I'd love a red and white fair isle car, come to think of it!

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Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Adorable idea Elyse! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Debra Norton said...

Oh these look so lovely! Thanks for sharing. I'm happy you are enjoying the tags. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!