Do your Christmas shopping in style (and save on the plastic bag tax) with your own personalised bag. We made these bags as some pre-christmas presents so they could be used in the run up to the big day, but they would also look nice holding gifts under the tree.
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What you need
- Plain canvas bags (we bought these ones from Amazon – 10 Pack Natural Cotton Tote Shopper Bags with Free Fabric Pens)
- Fabric paints (we have these ones from Baker Ross – Water Resistant Fabric Paint in 12 Assorted Colours)
- Fabric Pens
- Sponges or paint brushes
- A box or piece of card which will fit inside the bags
- Baby wipes (lots and lots of baby wipes)
How to make
- To get clearer hand or footprints, especially from younger children, put a box or piece of card inside the bag so the fabric lies flat.
- Fabric paint isn’t designed to wash out, so make sure the kids are wearing old clothes or are covered up – Clara’s lovely new pink trousers now have black paint on them, oops!
- Pick your design and get painting.
- Reindeers – brown handprints with the fingers pointing upwards
- Christmas trees – green handprints with the fingers pointing downwards
- Penguins – paint feet white in the middle and black around the edges and toes, and print with the toes pointing downwards
- Christmas wreath – green handprints pointing outwards to make a circle, with 2 red handprints for the bow.
- Add the details using more fabric paint or the pens (you might need to let bags dry for 5-10 minutes first, depending on how much paint you have used)
- Reindeers – add eyes and a red thumbprint for a nose
- Christmas trees – add baubles and a star using fingerprints
- Penguins – add eyes and a beak using fabric pens
- Christmas wreath – add fingerprint berries