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Last Minute Gift Bags

By: Tiffany Windsor for Inspired at Home

Make quick and easy gift bags with plain paper bags and rubber stamps. Tiffany Windsor of Inspired at Home shows us how to create four different bags. Fill with fresh herbs or a jar of salsa for an instant gift. Check out the salsa recipe below or fill jars with the dry ingredients for your favorite cookies. 

You can also listen to this project as you craft, read by Tiffany Windsor. Listen

Gift Bags Group

Materials for All Bags:

  • Paper gift bags
  • Shipping tags


Imagine Gift Bag

Imagine Bag:

  • Acrylic paint – apple green, lavender
  • Rubber stamps – large square, dragonfly, small squares, word
  • Cosmetic sponge



  1. Apply green paint to shipping tag with cosmetic sponge. Set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp large green square on bag. Let dry.
  3. Stamp dragonfly over square. Let dry.
  4. Stamp two small squares on tag.
  5. Stamp word on tag.


Last Minute Gift Bag Happy


Happy Bag (additional materials needed)

  • Acrylic paint – green
  • Cosmetic sponge (or paint brush)
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray adhesive or Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue Stick
  • Rubber stamp – word
  • Pre-scalloped scrapbook paper



  1. Apply green paint to shipping tag with brush or cosmetic sponge. Set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp word on paper.
  3. Apply glue to back of paper and place on bag.
  4. Cut one piece of paper to fit size of shipping tag.
  5. Apply glue to back of paper and place on tag. Let dry.


Bloom Gift Bag

Bloom Bag (additional materials needed)

  • Floral stencil
  • Acrylic paint – medium pink, coral, apple green
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Waxed paper



  1. Pour small puddle of each paint onto waxed paper.
  2. Dab sponge into paint and “tap, tap, tap” on waxed paper sever times to evenly distribute paint on sponge.
  3. Place stencil on bag. With light taps, apply each color over stencil in desired areas. Don’t overwork paint or you will force it underneath stencil! A soft, airbrushed look is all you want!
  4. Lift stencil. Let paint dry.


Inspire Gift Bag

Inspire Bag:

  • Pre-cut scrapbook papers (floral design)
  • Bead – small red
  • Button – red ceramic heart
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue Sticks
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue



  1. This project is super quick! Apply glue stick to back of pre-cut paper flowers and stick onto bag and tag.
  2. Use Fast Grab to glue small bead to tag and red ceramic heart to bag. Let glue dry.

Tiffany’s Designer Tips: Make these gift bags and tags ahead and tuck them away for quick and easy access when you need instant gift wrap that’s extraordinary! Tuck in some homemade preserves, salsa, Herbs de Provence or a cute handmade gift and you’re set to go!

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What a great idea, to re-purpose my paper grocery bags, into gift bags. That would be easy enough. You decorate the bag to match the design on your handmade card, you do the same with the tag. You add a ribbon for the handle or you can use twine if you want to keep it natural, this is such a great site with such great ideas.

I always recycle gift bags or store shopping bags for gifts...I just add my own embellishments to them, even as simple as adding ribbon which is also recycled from packages I received.

I love this site. Keeps me busy and I get great ideas and see some new ways to use things, Thanks. Also this salsa recipe is really good. Is in my opinion mild enough for most tastes. But it is simple fast and tasteee


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