Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Leftovers ... Part 1

So I am suppose to be creative here on this blog ... and it obviously hasn't been happening. It's not at all that I haven't been thinking about being creative here, it's that the process of photography--transferring photos to computer--organizing digital files--uploading photos sometimes isn't so fascinating to me when I'm doing the more mundane tasks of life. Like ... feeding my children. You know:)

Anyway, I HAVE been thinking of you, and in the spirit of not letting anything go to waste, I'm going to pick a couple of projects that I've done and share them here ... as outdated as they might be now that the holidays have passed.

I'd make a resolution to be better about staying on top of this stuff, but I'm way too honest to do so.

So. Without further ado, here is the project I did for The Elephant's class. It was really and truly a Halloween goody bag, but you know how pathetic the public education system has become about such things, so I had to disguise my true nefarious purpose as more of a celebrate-the-harvest-type thing (because you know we're all out harvesting ... um ... something). But don't worry. There were caramel and chocolate, foil-wrapped body parts in these bags.

Cleverly Disguised Halloween Goody Bags

Step 1.

Supplies: brown paper bags; raffia; nifty fun fabric of your liking; realistic-looking leaves (or, better yet, real ones. Unfortunately, we ... or rather, I, ... had waited too long and the real stuff outside was too authentically rotten to use). And don't forget the treats to stuff inside.

This is a photo of a brown paper bag. See? Artistic, isn't it?

Step 2.

Stuff bag, then fold as needed to fit your goodies inside.

Step 3.

Wrap long strings of the raffia around the bag to tie it closed, and make a cute little bow. Use your nifty fabric to tie the stem of the leaf to the raffia (or secure both however you see fit. I'm easy.)

Step 4.

Repeat process, oh, about 35 times (because classrooms are vastly overcrowded), and there you go!


  1. Beautiful! I will harvest chocolate body parts any day.

  2. Those are really cute! I imagine you could switch out the leaves for other items that represent other special days -- birthdays, Christmas, etc. :) Cool!

  3. Kerrie, I have done the paper bags before for other goody bags. They're so versatile and easily altered. They also come in the other colors, and are really inexpensive .... so you can spend more money on the stuff inside;)