Handprint tote bag
Now which Nana, aunty or Mum doesn't want their Christmas presents in one of these? They work out seriously not that much more expensive than wrapping paper, ribbon and tags you know. So not only cute, practical, eco-friendly, but CHEAP.
What you need
- Bags or you could make from calico
- Paint (see notes)
We made 10 bags for aunties, uncles, grandmas and family friends. The more bags you buy the cheaper it gets too.
- Make sure you buy an acrylic paint that is colour-fast. It should say so on the tube, but if not, check with a store attendant.
- We found there is less paint wastage and mess if you paint directly onto your child's hand, one at a time.
- Dark colours on dark bags don't work so well. Silver and gold work very well on light and dark, green and red work very well on light coloured bags.
- If you really want to get cheaper, sew your own bags!
- Once the paint has dried, cover the bag in brown paper or baking paper, and iron over the top to heat seal the paint onto the fabric.
- Write with indelible ink whose hands are whose if you like and a personalised message 'Merry Christmas 2013 love from the Burke family' to date your bags.
- These aren't just for Christmas, you could make them for birthdays or Mother's Day!