Bag it up

There’s no fun pay­ing for pack­ag­ing – make your own in­stead.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - BY LEE MEI LI Lee Mei Li gets her crafty in­spi­ra­tions from mak­ing ‘amigu­rumi’, a type of Ja­panese cro­chet doll. Meet her woven whim­sies at www.amigu­ruMEI.com. E-mail her at star2@thes­tar.com.my

IT’S the gift-giv­ing sea­son, and here’s a DIY project that is bound to save you a few ex­tra ring­git on pack­ag­ing – home­made pa­per gift bags, in­spired by a tu­to­rial on Hel­losand­wich.blogspot.com.

Big or small, make them any way you like and cus­tomise ac­cord­ingly to the gift or the per­son you are giv­ing the present to. Pick out vin­tage polka dot wrap­pers or re­cy­cle old ones (with the right touch- es, the crumpled look can work won­ders).

To make the bags a tad stronger to house heav­ier items, try glu­ing on a piece of stock cards on the bot­tom of the bag. Com­plete the look with a hand­made gift tag or dec­o­rate them with doilies for added kitsch. Happy gift-giv­ing!

Pick me up: make your own pa­per gift bags with wrap­ping pa­per and twine.

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