Valentine Goody Bag Project
by Mary Ruthven
(Palm Coast, FL.)
Valentines Goody Bag: Cow
Make fast and easy Valentine bags to put cards, candy, or gifts in. (Or you could also make these bags for other occasions.)
Who did you make it for?
I made them for my grandchildren.
What materials did you use?
Purchased colored gift bags (size and color of your choice), fun foam sheets, google eyes, pom poms, letter beads, double back tape, and bits of bling.
How did you make it?
PIG: Cut out simple body parts including feet. Glue two pom poms on snout and draw mouth with marker. Glue each body part onto pink bag. Glue back end of feet to bottom of bag. Decorate as desired. Tip: Make all feet longer so you will have the extra length to glue under the bag.
CHICKEN: Cut out parts and glue to yellow bag. Glue red pom pom to red foam shape for chicken's comb. Glue back edge of orange web feet to bottom of bag. Decorate as desired. I made swirl lines with white glue on wings and covered with glitter. Let dry and shake off any excess.
COW: Cut out parts including hoofs. Cut random shapes for spots. Glue two pom poms to nose. Draw mouth and nostils with marker. Glue all parts to tan bag.
PIRATE: Anything goes for a pirate. Just be sure to make the eye patch. No pirate should be without one! Mine are very simple shapes. I chose to glue plastic gems onto the hat and made glue lines on the scarf which I covered with glitter and I added a pom pom. For the shoes, I stitched an "X" with white thread and tied into a bow. Then I trimmed with silver marker.
Anything else you'd like to share about your project?
Other than the gift bags, I made all four with leftover material I had from my other Valentine projects. I purchased the bags for $1.00. They are approx. 9'x8' and once opened, stand well on their own. My grandchildren will be taking these to school and leaving opened on their desks to collect any valentines they get from their classmates.
I chose to spell out their names in letter beads on each. I strung the beads with needle and thread and then stitched them onto a pre cut foam heart. Gently peel off backing paper, put a couple dots of white glue (to ensure they stay on) and stick where desired.
TIP: I unknotted and removed one rope handle. Then I re-threaded it back through so it hangs on the inside with knots on the outside. I did this so the rope wouldn't hang on the face of each. I also made the faces on the solid side of the bag (not the side where, when folded, the bottom base folds up).
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