Pop any gift in this bag made from some of your own decorated paper and you will be giving double the gift!
There are so many great art and paper crafts for children that create artworks and decorated paper. The technique we have used to decorate this paper is pulled apart paint. To do this you cover some paper thickly with paint, and then dribble or dab another color on top of it, put some more paper on top and push down to squash the two colors together – when you peel the top sheet off you get a pattern like the paper in the bag we have made here.
To make the bag you start off with your decorated paper, a length of cord cut in half and also something with square corners that is about the size of the bag you want. Wrap up one end of the object with the paper, creasing the corners and sides to make nice sharp edges. Glue the paper together where it meets. Carefully remove the object and your bag is halfway made.
At the other open end of the bag, fold over the top edge into the bag so that it has a nice neat top. This is also reinforces the top edge so it does not tear easily where the cord goes through. Punch four holes through the folded over paper – try and have the two pairs line up evenly. Tie a knot at the end of one piece of cord and thread it through one hole, starting from the inside of the bag and then back through the other hole on the same side. You should now have one knot inside the bag. Tie a knot at the other end of the cord and repeat for the other handle of the bag.
When you are tyeing the knots on the cord or ribbon for the handles, thread a little card onto them before you finish. Then you have a handy gift card already attached for the recipients name – and of course, you get to use some more of your lovely decorated paper.