Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Garden Trellis Gift Bags

You can make the big gift bags up bag-style (left) or box-style (right).
There's also a smaller size.
You can customize the shape of the trellis by cutting-and-gluing.The bag top (on the big style) can be rolled to desired height.
Just in time for Mum's Day - and Easter treats - pretty Garden Trellis gift bags decorated with paper flower garlands. There are free print-and-cut .pdf downloads for the Bags, Tags, and for the the "magic loop" which is used for the foundation of the flower garland. These freebies are my gift to you in recognition of my first "blog-iversary".

The trellis cut-outs are crafted with Ruth Hamilton's lovely Trellis Wall Die from her Pick of the Bunch Range for Tonic Studios (No. 239E). And the flowers are all made using Tonic Studios Petal Pairs Punches. As you can see, the bags are engineered to fit the die size perfectly.

Here are the freebie printable file downloads: 
Box-style Gift Bag 1 of 2
Box-style Gift Bag 2 of 2
Smaller Gift Bag
With Love Gift Tags
Petal Pairs Garland-Maker Loop 

I have trimmed some of the Trellis Wall dies to make new shapes. You can cut and patch to make ovals, circles, and squares - don't be afraid to have zig-zag overlaps - these will be camouflaged when you add the flowers. 

A note about the big bag: you can make it up as a bag, or you can make it up as a more box-like container (a "bax"?) - simply by folding a horizontal fold (as indicated on the pattern template). To fold the bottom of the big bag: first fold down the slotted side, then fold the side flaps, finally tuck the tab into the slot. You can glue the folds to secure them, and also add the optional liner to the base of the bag.

The flower garlands are attached to the bags with 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Don't stick down all the flowers - just use a few strategically-placed foam squares. Place the foam square directly under the flower head.
Here's how you make the flower garlands using the Petal Pairs Garland-Maker Loops:

Glue the Petal Pairs flower onto the circle-end of the loop (the flower centre is a coil of quilling paper). Then link the loops to make a garland.
Step 1: the flower head catches at the wide end of the loop.

Step 2: straighten the loop after it has been inserted.

Step 3: build up the chain.
The Petal Pairs Garland-Maker Loops work with all the Tonic Studios Petal Pairs shapes - the original shapes and the Petites.

So that's it. Have fun playing the chain game.  

Stuff I used: the paper for the bags and Petal Pairs is by Craft Creations. The trellis dies are cut from American Crafts Cardstock.