Give your guests the VIP treatment for an awards night party or special occasion with simple-to-make swag bags. Fill them with a classic movie, candy, a bottle of soda and a bag of microwave popcorn, and award your guests for "best dressed," "best hair," "best movie knowledge," and more. Hold the applause; your swag bags are sure to be winners!
Things You'll Need
- White canvas tote bag
- Printer and printer paper
- Cardboard, sized to fit inside the tote
- Painter's tape, 1 1/2 inch
- Glitter gold acrylic paint
- Flat paintbrush
- Gold glitter
- Decoupage medium
Step 1: Cut Out Star
Begin by printing the template and cutting out the star.
Step 2: Line the Bag With Cardboard
Place the cardboard inside the tote and lay it flat on a work surface. Position the star cutout evenly on the front of the tote.
Step 3: Trim Tape at an Angle
Outline the star with painter's tape. Trim the end of the tape at about a 135-degree angle. Place the corner at an inside point on the star and lay the tape flat on the tote. The tape edge should be flush with the edge of the star. Trim away the excess tape.
Step 4: Trim Tape at 45 Degrees
Now, trim the tape again, this time at an angle in the opposite direction at 45 degrees. Lay it along the opposite edge of the star.
Step 5: Continue Taping Around the Star
Continue trimming strips of painter's tape at opposite angles and placing them around the star until it is entirely outlined in tape. Be sure you're not actually taping the star template down on the tote.
Remove the paper star template from the middle. Use your fingers to press the edges of the tape firmly down on the canvas tote.
Step 6: Paint With Gold Acrylic Paint
Use a paintbrush and cover the star with glitter acrylic gold paint.
The glitter paint will look opaque until it dries.
Step 7: Shake on Glitter
While the paint is still wet, shake gold glitter over the star until it is covered in a single even layer. You can use the paintbrush to even out any lumps in the glitter.
Step 8: Paint Over With Decoupage Medium
Use a paintbrush to evenly paint a layer of decoupage medium over the glitter. You'll want to completely saturate the glitter. Paint as evenly as you can, making sure all of the little flakes of glitter are covered with glue. Keep in mind the glitter will lose its luster until it dries.
Step 9: Remove the Tape
Before the glue has a chance to dry, carefully remove the painter's tape from the tote, beginning with the corners and moving to the center.
Step 10: Allow to Dry
Allow the tote to dry for a couple of hours, undisturbed.
Step 11: Remove Cardboard
Remove the cardboard from inside the tote and it is ready to go! The decoupage medium will dry clear to preserve the sparkle in the glitter. It will also keep the glitter in place while maintaining flexibility.
Now, fill with treats and enjoy!