I love all gifts (well, most gifts!) but I especially love a nice presentation. A pretty package makes me smile before I even open the gift. I confess that I don't always spend the time or the effort to doll up the packaging, but I always feel better about the gift-giving when I do.
A gift of wine or a favorite spirit is always a popular gift. Personally, I like to give Amarula, a cream liqueur from South Africa. I discovered it while a Peace Corps volunteer and it is all kinds of yummy.
Today, I have two ways to package wine or spirits using bags or tubes.
To make the wine bag, I started with a pre-made burlap bag that I got on clearance at Michael's Craft Store and took out the side seams. I used a small square punch to make 12 squares from patterned paper. I used Bo Bunny's Mistletoe collection, which was included in the December kit at My Creative Scrapbook. Once I had my squares, I laid them in a pattern on the table to decide how I liked them. Then I stitched the squares onto the burlap bag and re-stitched the side seams.
To give the bag a little extra flair, I added some chipboard to the squares.
Then made a hanging tag and tied the bag with ribbon.
To make the wine tube, I started with an Autumn cardboard tube from a craft store. I knew it would be easy to recover with scrapbook paper as the decorative part (without the lid) measured exactly 12 inches tall and was 12 inches around.
To use the wine tube for the holidays, I wrapped a piece of Bo Bunny's Mistletoe paper around the tube using modge podge. I wrapped the lid with a coordinating paper.
Like the burlap bag, I added chipboard and ribbon to the tube to decorate it.
There you have it. Wine, only better!
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