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. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:26 pm


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    ellemm005 172 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:40 pm

    I love these!! You did an amazing job and I hope your bridesmaids loved them!

  3. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 2:01 pm

    I bet your maids really enjoyed them :)

  4. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 3:58 pm

    These are REALLY cute! Great project!

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:34 pm

    These are adorable!

  6. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:47 am

    I love these. Ship one to Japan!

  7. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:14 am

    these are so cute! That’s really smart to water down the paint so the bag isn’t too stiff

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    sparklebee2014 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:32 am

    These are really cute and don’t look homemade at all! While I’m really over chevron/zigzag patterns (especially in home decor), these are really tasteful and it’s not overwhelming :-) P.S.

  9. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 8:06 am

    These are great!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:47 am

    WOW! So crafty! These turned out great, I am sure they loved them.

  11. 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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