This personalized gift bag idea is so simple and CUTE that it will blow your mind! It’s fun and inexpensive too. Plus, if you stay until the end, I have a list of many other handmade wrapping ideas to share with you.
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- Sublimation is too expensive – LIE
- I don’t have room or a budget for a new printer – LIE
- It cost hundreds for special ink and fancy paper – LIE
- I thought I needed a new heat press – LIE
The list went on and on. And boy, was I wrong. I’m glad I got to chat with Andrea from My Very Crafty Life.
She told me about these fantastic sublimation markers you can use on plain old copy paper and press your design on fun things like a coaster or a gift bag.
If you want to try sublimation, check out these supplies.
Watch this … Sublimation is so simple!
She mentions her eBook about sublimation on Etsy. See it here (even though the coupon might be expired, it’s still a good deal!).
Creating a Personalized Gift Bag
I didn’t have the right part to add the markers to my Cricut and draw my SVG design. So I ended up drawing something to press.
Andrea’s idea is so simple, and you don’t have to be an artist to make this work. Let me explain.
Quick note … One thing to keep in mind is that your design will be flipped. So if you write some words, they won’t be readable. See how I messed up here?? haha
Begin by finding a design you like. You can print one of these to size if you don’t want to draw something. Or use your favorite font and type it out in a Word file.
TIP: Place the JPG file from your favorite SVG design into Word, size it to fit your item, and print on copy paper to make a template to trace.
Once your design is printed. you will then use the sublimation markers to color the design on the back of the paper. It’s so strange to be tracing words backward. We do this so that when I pressed it, the design will be readable.
Don’t worry about the ink from your printer. It doesn’t matter when you press.
I used my EasyPress from Cricut and pressed it for 55 seconds at the highest temp (360 degrees) my press would go. You don’t need pressure, it’s a chemical reaction from the heat.
Be sure to add a piece of paper under your sublimation item and on top to protect your surface and press or iron.
Here I pressed the coaster, there is a scrap piece of paper behind the coaster, on the pressing pillow, and I added one on top to protect my EasyPress.
Personalized Gift Bag Idea
I think it came out pretty cute. The bag I got from Andrea is nice for small gifts, and now I can make one for each kid this year. How will you personalize yours??
8 Handmade Gift Wrap Ideas
To continue this gift-wrapping party just before the holidays, my crafty friends and I have put together a list of creative ways you can wrap this year’s gifts. Some are for the Christmas holiday season and some are perfect for birthdays or any occasion.
- Beth with Creatively Beth is sharing three ways to create DIY Handmade Wrapping Paper with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
- Learn how to make Free Printable Paper Bows with her exclusive downloadable file from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama – BRILLIANT!
- Laura from Me and INKlings has created the most adorable Felt Gift Card Holder with a pocket for the card AND a pocket for a little surprise as well!
- Did you ever wonder How to Wrap Gifts with Fabric instead of paper? Well, Smitha from Smiling Colors has a fun tutorial complete with hand-lettered gift tags!
- Justine from Little Dove is sharing How to make an English-style Christmas Cracker your guests will love! Perfect for all your parties this holiday season.
- Learn how to make a Crocheted Stocking Gift Card Holder from Erica at 5 Little Monsters. We love that she always includes step-by-step patterns!
- Katie the Crafty Blog Stalker, will teach you how to make Personalized Santa Sacks with a Free SVG file! Perfect for all the kiddos on your Christmas List.
- Create Personalized Gift Bags this holiday season with a complete step-by-step tutorial from Me at We Can Make That!