December 5, 2008

GIFT TAGS FROM TJ'S BAGS

It has been a while since I've had the urge to do anything crafy and handmade... but when I stopped by Trader Joe's the other night (after forgetting my chico bag) I was taken by how cute their Holiday paper grocery bags were. I felt compelled to use them again and after some card stock and double-sided tape, I now have gift tags to use for Christmas!

17 comments:

raya said...

brilliant! You should send this to Grace at d*s. I think she would like it as a holiday DIY.

faithsalutes said...

raya just sent me your blog link. i had no idea! so happy to find you!

xoox
faith

katie said...

Hi Faith! I've been keeping it low pro, but I guess the truth is out :)

Thanks for the kind words... I emailed Grace and think they'll be going up this week :)

alice said...

What a great idea!

prettytastycakes said...

brilliant!

ickleson said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Linds said...

Woo hoo way to go! You are so creative. Will I get one of these treasures on my gift?? ;)

christine said...

yes! i was just @ trader jo's last week and was admiring the white-on-kraft-paper look myself.

Plummie said...

I love these! Can you post more specific instructions for those of us that are totally uncreative?

Katie said...

Plummie - Of course! Sorry, I didn't really list any instructions!

-Cut out large pieces of the bag that you want to use (Whole Foods has cute bags too).
-Find a heavy-weight paper for the tag. (If you don't have cardstock, try the cover of a catalog or an old greeting card)
-If you have a steady hand, you can try to cut the shape of the tag freestyle. Otherwise, with a ruler, draw out the shape of a tag (or circle, square, etc). Once you have one cut out, you can use it as a template for the others.
-Find the space on the bag you like, cut out the approximate size and use double sided tape or glue to attach the cardstock to the back.
-Cut the excess bag from around the edges of the cardstock.
-Use a hole punch (I didn't have one, so I used a pair of sharp scissors) to poke a hole.
-I used old school hole reinforcers (think 5th grade) around the edges, but that's not really needed.

Hope that helps!

Kate said...

Hi! I just found this post on d*s and am a supervisor at tjoes in Minneapolis. I'm going to have our artist make some and post the instructions for our customers to see!

Kim Carney said...

perfection!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant? More like obvious. Way obvious.

Raquel Raney said...

clever crafty love.

M a d e l e i n e said...

These look fantastic!!!

I have spent the last 2 days making gift tags of all shapes and sizes... they are beautiful!

i have made bout 90 :)

xoxoxoxox

ChristmasNerd said...

These are really beautiful!

ChristmasNerd said...

These are stunning - thanks!