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Easy Guest Gift Bags

I hosted some friends in Palm Springs for my birthday this year and I wanted to put together a little gift bag for guests. We ended up making these tote bags that came together really easily last minute. I thought I would share more details here since I think they would work well for favors or even weddings if your guest list was small enough.

Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!

I wanted to make a bunch of tote bags where each bag had something from my life. Either a phrase I say all the time or a memory or things I love or believe in. We bought some blank tote bags and some fabric paint and Paul painted these for me. (I prefer his handwriting to mine, I always feel like mine looks too cute-sy.) He took a sign painting class a few months back and that definitely helped with some of the more difficult sans serif type. It took one evening to finish them all. We filled them with sunscreen and snacks and gifts for our guests to use during the weekend.

Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!  Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!

Materials Needed: Blank Tote Bags, Fabric Paint , Large and Small Paint Brushes with a chisled flat end, paper towels, cardstock, cups.

Step 1: After you decide what you want to print set up the bag on a flat surface with a piece of cardstock in the bag so the paint doesn’t leak through.
Step 2: Sketch out the phrase or drawing with a pencil or brush on a piece of paper so you can reference the spacing while you paint.
Step 3: Put the paint in a cup and mix in a little bit of water to thin it out so it is a nice consistency. You don’t want it watery but also not thick.
Step 4. As you paint try to do each part of the letter in one stroke (for example an ‘A’ would be done in three strokes.) Between most of your strokes wipe the excess paint on brush on a paper towel. This will make your letters look nice and crisp.
Step 5. After it dries, heat set with an iron. Voila! You’re finished.

Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day! Easy Guest Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!

all photos by Oh Happy Day

  1. Stephanie

    February 24, 2015

    oh my gosh these are brilliant! I need to make some of these to use for my groceries!

  2. Uli

    February 24, 2015

    Love them! What a great idea. Might personalize them for my next party with friends. On my list! Thanks for sharing this awesomeness! x



    February 24, 2015

    Ha! These are great. My mom wouldn’t buy me a Barbie either. I got her cousin, what’s her name? Stacie? Skipper?

  4. Theinspirationblogger

    February 24, 2015

    Amazing! Gonna make the feminist one 🙂

  5. Laura

    February 24, 2015

    These are great – where in Palm Springs is that last photo taken?

      • jordan
      • February 24, 2015

      At the Ace Hotel. 🙂

  6. Lora

    February 24, 2015

    oh my gosh… I LOVE this idea. I’m going to be doing this for several birthday gifts this year.

  7. Veronica

    February 24, 2015

    Love the sayings on the bags, there so funny. My favorite is the “I did my best” one.

  8. Emma Jayne

    February 24, 2015

    These are brilliant! How exciting to be able to design your own tote bag. I’m going to create my own!

    Emma Jayne x

  9. Toni Marie

    February 24, 2015

    These are all so cute and such a great idea! 🙂

  10. Natalie | Circus & Bloom

    February 24, 2015

    I love, love, love these! Such a cute idea and so much personality in each bag 🙂 So good.

    Circus & Bloom

  11. Monique | WritingMonique

    February 25, 2015

    They are all insanely cute!


  12. Megs | White Rabbit

    February 25, 2015

    These are amazing! What a simple but effective idea. I love how personalised they are and they look incredible. Great gifts for sure!


  13. Kari

    February 25, 2015

    I am so impressed with how even the writing turned out with handwriting! I don’t think my normal handwriting is that good, let alone on fabric!

  14. Alisa

    February 25, 2015

    So cute, where did you get the water bottles?

  15. Always Me

    February 25, 2015

    These are so cute! I’d totally take one to the farmers market or to the gym! The Ace in Palm Springs looks like a dream!

  16. Lauren

    February 26, 2015

    Yes, what Alisa asked… where are the water bottles from? I’ve been looking for a nice glass one!


  17. gina

    February 27, 2015

    Super super cute. Love it.

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