DIY Gifts From The Heart
While jewelry and gift cards to favorite stores can be exciting, some of the most memorable gifts I have been given are of the handmade variety.
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Lucky number tote bag
Dress up a plain tote by hand-stenciling your lucky number in a vintage-style font.
For this DIY craft you will need:
Step 1: Cut a sheet of freezer paper to 8.5 by 11 inches to fit in your printer. Load inkjet printer with this paper so that you are printing on the dull side. (Warning: Do not run freezer paper through a laser printer.)
Step 2: Print out PDF of the number.
Step 3: Trim out the number with a craft knife. Use a self-healing mat or flattened corrugated box to protect your work surface. If working on numbers 0, 6, 8 or 9, make sure to carefully cut out and reserve the inside of the number. You will need this to fill in the "hole" inside your number.
Step 4: Center the number template on the tote and iron on at a low setting. Iron any inside pieces for 0, 6, 8 or 9
Step 5: Insert a piece of cardboard into the tote to keep paint from seeping through to the other side.
Step 6: Dip sponge brush into fabric paint and stencil, making sure to dab and brush from the outside in -- you want to avoid pushing paint under the template past the edges.
Step 7: Allow to air-dry or use a hairdryer to speed up drying. Carefully remove the freezer paper to reveal stencil design. Now the bag is ready to give!
FINISHED diy CRAFT