DIY Water Color Gift Bags

One thing you should know about me is that I love giving gifts. It’s one of my absolute favorite hobbies. The thrill of finding the perfect gift, the careful giftwrap, and the art of the reveal. It’s all perfect. This love (obsession) has sent me on a journey of fun giftwrap.

A reusable, custom bag? Yes – it’s a bonus gift! I’m not sure where the inspiration struck – but a custom, water-color bag felt like the obvious next step. Water-coloring fabric is possible with fabric medium. It’s a paste that turns any paint into fabric paint.

The steps were easy. I simply poured a little fabric medium on a tray, and dipped my water-color soaked brush into the fabric medium. From there, I gently mixed to combine and painted my canvas bag. I found that the water color was easier to use if the bag was a little wet. Not soaked, but misted. From there, I let dry for 24 hours. It was easy.

Official Steps

Here is a list of supplies:

  • Water-colors
  • Jar of water
  • Paint brushes (assorted)
  • Canvas bag
  • Fabric Medium
  • Stencil (optional)

Make sure your bag is lint free. For my stencil, I used my Cricut to cut my design. I decided to use the heat-transfer vinyl and ironed the image on the bag. While the bag is cooling, set up your paint supplies. Pour some fabric medium on a tray. Wet your bag with clean water on the spot you wish to paint. Mix the fabric medium with water-color and apply to your bag.

Allow the bag 24 hours to dry. Bags are machine washable. I recommend gentle cycle.

Happy DIYing!

xo love kim


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