Need a quick and simple Christmas gift? How about an adorable stenciled gift bag? With Silhouette’s Stencil Material, creating a clean and crisp design is so simple. These adorable mint bags are so fast and easy to make that my 6 year old was able to whip out 20 (yes, twenty) in an hour.
- burlap bag (mine measured 4×6″) I found them here. You can even make one yourself if your ambitious enough.
- acrylic paint
- sponge brush
- disposable plate
- scrap paper
- Silhouette cutting machine
- Silhouette Stencil Material
- Stars cut file by Silhouette
- Printable Tags (there are several choices towards the end of the post)
*I’m including a free gift tag printable. You will also need a hole punch and scissors if you don’t have a cutting machine.
Open the stars file in your Silhouette program. Right click and from the menu, select “Ungroup”. This will allow you to delete the stars you don’t want to use. Once you click ungroup, click anywhere on the page besides the image of the stars. Now you can click on each star individually and either move it or delete it. Delete all of the stars except the one you want to use. I used the star on the far right. This particular star was a perfect choice for making a stencil because there was already a border around it.
Next you need to re-size your star. Choose the “select tool” (the arrow at the top left of the Silhouette screen) and grab one of the corners of the box surrounding the star. Then drag it to be the size you need (remember, you’re going for the star size, not the circle). I knew my star couldn’t be too large or the design wouldn’t show up when the bag was filled with candy. As you can see from the arrows, the overall size of my stencil was 2.866″x 2.866″. That was perfect for my little bags. You may need to play around with sizing before you find one that works for your bag. Remember, you can always cut sample stencils out on plain paper before you cut into your Stencil Material, it will save you money and ensure you get the right size stencil.
*Also, you need to keep in mind that when you stencil a small design onto a rough texture such as burlap, you need to use an open design without too many small lines or too much detail. Otherwise, the design gets lost in the texture of the material and it’s difficult to tell what the design is. We found this out the hard way, haha!
Follow the instructions on the tube of Stencil Material to cut out your star. I found that increasing the blade to a 4, Thickness to 31, and changing the setting to a double cut worked perfect for me. Stencil Material is thicker than vinyl and is sticky on the back, so it will stick to your project while you stencil. When you’re finished stenciling one item, you just pull the stencil off. We re-used our stencils about 30 times or so on burlap, and that’s saying a lot. If you have ever seen how much burlap sheds, you can understand it would just stick to the stencil like crazy!
Cut the stencil from the rest of the stencil material. Then, weed the stencil.
Place scrap paper on the inside of the burlap bag to catch any paint bleed-through you may have. Place your stencil on your bag.
Now the fun part! Stencil away. Use a dabbing motion, up and down.
Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry.
When the paint has dried, remove your scratch paper from the inside of the bag and replace it with candy. Tie a bow on the bag with a cute little gift tag, and voila!
I’ve made a few different versions of the gift tags. To get the FREE PRINTABLE and FREE SILHOUETTE CUT files, just click on the link under each picture.
These free gift tags would be perfect for: Teacher’s gifts, co-workers, church friends you visit with, good friends you’d love to do a little something for, your children’s friends, grandparents/parents/siblings and so many more!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial and free printables. If you end up using any of these files, I’d sure appreciate a comment or two letting me know how you used them.
*Thank you to Silhouette America for supplying me with the Stencil Material. I enjoyed working with and learning more about this product. All opinions and reviews of the product are my honest opinions.