Bags for the Bridesmaids

I’m still waiting on our pictures before I start my recaps (le sigh), but I did want to take this time to share a DIY project that I was keeping a secret until the wedding: the gift bags I made for the ladies in our bridal party.

(All photos personal)


I started with some plain canvas bags from Michaels and some Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint. Our wedding colors, if you remember, were yellow and gray, so I stuck with that theme for these bags as well.


Using stencils I printed and cut out of computer paper, I did some initialing outlines with the gray paint at the bottom of each bag.


Next, I created a chevron stencil using cardboard from a cereal box. I used double-sided tape to keep it in place once I got it placed correctly.


Using the yellow paint, I painted over the stencil to create the chevron design.

I’ve always kind of loved chevron, so I’m glad it was popular around the time of our wedding. Although I didn’t use it anywhere else, I thought the bridesmaids’ bags were the perfect place for this little bit of design flare.


Turning them upside down and propping them up and open with some bottles, I allowed them to dry before attacking the bottoms with the gray paint again. For this part, I also watered down the paint a bit so it wasn’t as thick””this allowed for the canvas to soak in more of the color and not be as stiff as the front of the bag.


For a finishing touch, I attached some clip-on flower accents that I also picked up at Michaels. Then they were ready to fill with goodies!


This project (like this post!) was quick, easy, and straight to the point, but I think added a little something extra special to the bridesmaids’ gifts. These little totes are the perfect size to use as a lunch bag or for toiletries on a weekend getaway!

Did you make any DIY gifts for your bridal party?


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
Rings and Things
Classifieds: November 26, 2013

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  1. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:06 am

    I’m pretty sure I used those same yellow flowers as my centerpiece toppers! :)

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