Happy Tuesday and just two more days until our big July 4th celebrations! Today, I feel a bit like Maria from The Sound of Music and that I should break out in song! “Brown paper packages tied up in strings…” Ok, so these are brown paper BAGS – but they are definitely one of my favorite things! With a little yarn, a pompom maker and some cardstock, we’re turning the humble little brown paper bag into a favor or treat bag proud to be red, white & blue (and brown!)
I LOVE making favors for just about everything – usually some sweet treat! It’s a great way to thank your guests and make them feel special. Fill these bags up with some special July 4th goodies. Another idea…it always seems like a long time between arriving for fireworks and fireworks actually starting, doesn’t it? The “handled” bag makes a cute carrier for snacks and treats… with a little holiday style!
I love pompoms and think they easily make just about anything festive! I used the Clover 1 3/8” pompom maker to make red, white and blue pompoms.
For the first bag, cut the top of the bag on a curve with pinked edge scissors and punch 3 holes with a hole punch through both layers of paper. Thread a red, white and blue pompom through the holes and tie into little bows on the back side. (That way, the pompoms can be used again!) Finish with some blue ribbon and a red bow. Oh, don’t forget to put your goodies in the bag first!
On the second bag, gather the top of the bag and tie with yarn. Tie a red, white and blue pompom around the gathered top. Finish with a sprinkle of punched, white cardstock stars.
For the “handled” bag, fold the top of the bag down about 1” or so. Punch 3 holes across the front and across the back of the folded, top edge. Thread a red, white and blue pompom in each hole, for a total of 6 pompoms. Take two 18” strands each of red, white and blue yarn and braid together. Punch a hole in the center on each side of the bag, thread the braided yarn through the hole and knot it off. Tada, a handle! I added “4th of July” cut on my Cricut and some sparkly, white cardstock punched stars.
Cute, inexpensive and totally festive! There are SO many amazing July 4th treats to fill your bags – check out my The Red, White & Blue Pinterest board for some inspiration! These July 4th pizzelles are another idea. Fill the handled bags with fun snacks or fruit for the children to carry to watch fireworks. This is a great project for Moms and children to work on together tomorrow to prepare for the snap, crackle & pop of Thursday!
Change up the colors and these bags are great for any celebration or holiday! What do you think?
I suspect I’m going to be singing…these are a few of my favorite things….all day! Ok, have to switch it up to Yankee Doodle!
A red, white and blue thank you from me to you for visiting today! I’ll pop back on Thursday to wish all of my dear friends a safe and fun July 4th holiday, though for now, have a happy Tuesday!