I had the opportunity to prepare some fun gift bags for the Pastors’ Wives who attended a conference recently.
It was fun crafting all the little goodies inside…
I made lots of these, and somehow I can’t find the photo I took
of the table at conference, set up with all the bags.
They looked so pretty!
So here’s just a small group of them…
The bags were filled with goodies like hand sanitizer and a nail file from
Bath & Body Works, mints, candies, and the other items were handmade
This little purse was made from double-sided scrapbook paper.
I used a variety of papers that I had on hand
and made lots & lots of these.
I received one just like this years ago
and I saved it because I knew I wanted to use it
as a pattern someday.
They were fun to make…
I put a miniature chocolate piece in each one.
Every woman must have chocolate in her purse, right?!
The “handles” were made from a small piece of ribbon,
and tiny pieces of velcro were glued for a “closure”.
I think the ladies liked it :)
Another little thing I put in the bags:
These little miniature grocery bags also held a surprise…
Inside each bag, I tucked in a tea bag.
Some of the bags were white, and some were just like
the brown paper bags you get at the grocery store.
($2 for 20).
I used an ink pad to age all the edges on both the bags
and the little card that had the tea cup.
I thought the ladies would love a nice cup of tea
while at the three-day conference.
Maybe they’d curl up at night and have some tea
while reading a book or watching a favorite movie.
Here are a few closeups of the details…
I printed out 20 images per sheet
of a beautiful tea cup,
then cut them apart to fit nicely on the bag.
I used a clear glitter paint tube ($2)
to highlight the tea cup and add some sparkle.
I cut a tiny piece of lace from yards I got at the Thrift Store (40 cents for 10 yards!!)
and added a tiny flower and a gem stone in the center.
This is the back of the envelope.
I used a new stamp I got for $1.50.
The earrings were simple & easy to make
and they were actually the quickest of all the projects.
I cut some pretty cardstock paper into 2″x3″,
stamped them with a fun little stamp,
and then used a tiny whole punch in order to
slip the earrings on.
The earrings were made with pearlized glass beads.
The craft store had a 50% off sale on the beads so it worked out well.
Finally, the first thing the ladies saw in the bag,
were the bookmarks…
The verse was carefully chosen with these ladies in mind.
(Click image to enlarge)
I bought a container of flowers (with a 40% off coupon).
These flowers are in the Scrapbook section of the crafts store
and can be used in many different projects.
I glued some of the flowers on a separate piece of scrapbook paper,
while others I layered together (a small one on top of a larger one)
for added dimension and color.
I used the clear glitter here also for more sparkle.
Here’s the back of the bookmark:
I used a beautiful stamp from the “Heidi Swapp” collection.
This is just a small section of the large stamp.
It was fun putting it all together and filling the bags
with all the different goodies.
Some of the ladies came up to me during the conference
and expressed how grateful they were for all the little gifts.
That made all the time & effort worthwhile.
Have a great, fun week filled with creativity :)