"Whee! Anna is 3!" Gift Bags

I made these gift bags for Anna to hand out at school on her birthday. I am very happy with how they turned out. It was more expensive (a bit less than $4/bag) than what I had intended to spend, but the watercolor alone was almost $2.
watercolor + Play-Doh (small 1 oz can)

We bought these small canvas tote bags (price had gone up since then) and personalized them using a stencil, fabric paint, and a stiff brush. We were going for the LL Bean-ish look.
Since each was done by hand individually, some turned out better than others. My only tip - don't use too much paint.
Then using Photoshop, I created a simple tag using my favorite font (Sketch Rockwell), printed on cardstock, and spruced it up with some watercolor paints. So easy. I think I am going to use this method more often from now on.
Once everything was dry, I hole-punched the tags and tied them to the bags with ribbons.


  1. Wow, those turned out really nice. Good job mama! Good thing there aren't too many kids in her class or this could've been a really long project.

  2. This is such a great idea!! Joyce, you are SO creative!

  3. Note to self: We added a pack of fruit snack last minute.


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