Save the waste of wrapping paper by using beautiful reusable gift pouches.Learn how to paint a snowflake Christmas gift pouch made from recycled t-shirt sleeves. This is a fun craft for both adults and kids.
When giving gifts at Christmas time, or any other time of course, the presentation shouldn't be ignored. In some cases, the packaging can even be another gift in itself. Such is the case with these easy snowflake gift pouches.
You may have noticed in many of my other posts that I like to recycle old t-shirts for many different uses. One of my favorite nice things about t-shirts is that not only does the fabric not unravel when you cut it, but the hems are neatly sewn into a tube which can be very handy for making an easy drawstring closure without any extra effort.
You can use the main body of the t-shirt to make a quick, larger drawstring sacks that can be used in a number of ways, like making a trick-or-treat bag that your kids can help you decorate. (Click on the link for the instructions!)
More often, though, I have sleeves left over from other projects, and I use them to make tiny pouches that are perfect for tons of projects. I use them to help organize my sons small toys, for storing small items like safety pins, q-tips, or buttons; for easy DIY tea bags even; or, in this case, for presenting small gifts to others.
Since I intend these pouches to be used for Christmas gifts, I decided that I would use my freezer paper snowflake stencil technique to paint pretty snowflakes on the pouches. I love snowflakes. I think they're beautiful, and especially love the combination of snowflakes in turquoise blue with silver and rhinestone accents. If you aren't sure how to cut snowflakes, just click on the link to the freezer paper stencil technique and you'll see that I share how, exactly, to cut out the snowflakes, and the process that we'll be using here.
This is an easy craft, and can be done by older kids resulting in a surprisingly almost professional effect, but with some help, even small kids can really help you out by painting the fabric with you.
You Will Need:
- Freezer paper
- fabric paint
- your pouches, of course, in the color you want your snowflake to be (I used white.)
1. Cut out a snowflake from freezer paper. See how here. To make you paper craft look more like a snowflake than a mandala, you'll want to cut a wedge out of the center on your triangle of paper (in a decorated manner, of course).
2. Iron the freezer paper snowflakes, shiny side down, onto your pouch. Put a small piece of cardboard inside the pouch to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.
3. Paint around the snowflakes with fabric paint. I used my airbrush because it evenly disperses a thin, even layer of paint, giving a professional looking result. If you don't have an airbrush, though, you can carefully dab the paint onto the pouch, being especially careful as you paint around the edges of the freezer paper snowflake so that the edges don't lift, allowing paint to get underneath.
4. Let the paint dry, and then carefully peel the freezer paper snowflake off of your pouch. Admire your beautiful snowflake!!
5. Iron the pouch to set the paint according to the directions for your particular fabric paint.
6. Embellish the pouch(es) more, if you like. I ironed rhinestones onto mine, but glitter fabric paint can also give beautiful results.
Now that you have your pouch finished, comes the difficult part: deciding what you want to fill them with. Might I suggest some wonderful handmade soap (maybe even gingerbread soap for Christmas), DIY solid perfume, or jewelry would be great. I'd love to hear how you're going to use them!
This post is also available in Español.