I have a real treat for you today! Fabulously stylish blogger and photographer extraordinaire Mademoiselle Poirot has agreed to share her beautiful and simple creation – glammed up paper bags and plain tags using simple paper doilies. You really can’t beat a craft project that’s not only easy and inexpensive but also delivers truly beautiful and unique results. It would also be a great little project for the kids to get involved with as well.

I’ve already purchased a pack of doilies and can’t wait to get started! Over to you, Mademoiselle…

Going with some of my favourites – black, white, and brown paper – I wanted to create something that was at the same time simple, individual, and a little playful. The idea was to give these paper bags and tags a bit of a romantic touch.

I used paper doilies in different sizes and designs, acrylic paints (slightly watered down) and some cut up kitchen sponges. Due to the relatively delicate and thin nature of the doilies, I kept three together to prevent them from disintegrating when the paint is applied and to make it easier to keep them in place.


here's what you'll need...

  • Plain paper bags and tags
  • Paper doilies
  • White emulsion
  • Black emulsion
  • Kitchen sponge

Craft 1

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here's how it's done...

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    Simply place the doilies onto the bags in whichever way appeals to you, dunk the sponge into the paint until soaked up (scrape off any excess) and start dabbing the paint onto the doilies going as far out onto the bag/tag as you want.

    Craft 2

    Craft 3

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    When done, carefully lift off the doilies and leave to dry. Acrylics dry very quickly, so you will be able to use the bags on the same day.

    Craft 4

    How sweet will these look under a Christmas Tree or really, any time of year?  You could easily swap the colour of paint to match your scheme or use white kraft paper with brightly coloured paint too. The possibilities are really endless!


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By Kimberly Duran on 05.12.12

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One response to “Craft Time: How to Create Beautiful Gift Bags and Tags Using Doilies”

  1. Thanks so much for including me here, I’m very flattered! I hope it will inspire lots of people xo

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