My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bark Gift Bag

Cut a strip of bark into a rectangle.

Cut a strip of bark into a rectangle.

Mark a second sheet of bark to exactly match the first

Mark a second sheet of bark to exactly match the first

These pieces that you cut away will be used as the side panels when you assemble the bag

Cut a second rectangle

Cut a second rectangle

Draw a small window in the rectangle

Draw a small window in the rectangle for the handle

Cut the window out with a sharp knife

Cut the window out with a sharp knife

Lift the bark away.

Lift the bark away.

Draw a window on the second sheet

Place the two rectangles on top of each other. Smooth side facing in. Draw a window on the second sheet to exactly match the first

Cut the second window out.

Cut the second window out...

And lift it away

... and lift it away

Mark and cut a bottom piece of bark

Mark and cut a bottom piece of bark. As wide as the two side panels that you cut away to create the rectangles

My gift bag splits ope in the middle for the flowers and twigs but you can assemble the bag without cutting it open. Just glue all the pieces as is

Cut the rectangles and side pieces in half

To split the bag simply cut the rectangles and side pieces in half.

Assembling the bag:

Glue the first half rectangle to the bottom piece

Glue the first half rectangle to the bottom piece

Glue the first bottom side piece to the base.

Glue the first bottom side piece to the base.

Overlap the sides neatly

Overlap the sides neatly

Glue the other bottom side piece to the base

Glue the other bottom side piece to the base

And glue the leftover piece completing the bottom of the bag

And glue the leftover piece completing the bottom of the bag

Set the bag flat to stand upright

Set the bag flat on the base to stand upright

Glue the first side piece to the top half

Glue the first side piece to the top half

Glue the other side to the top half

Glue the other side to the top half

Glue the other top half

Glue the other top half

Ready to fill the gap

Ready to fill the gap

Twig gap:

I used four bamboo sticks as temporary spacers

I used four bamboo sticks as temporary spacers

Glue the spacers in the four corners opf the bottom of the bag

Glue the spacers in the four corners opf the bottom of the bag

These will neatly keep the two pieces apart while you design

These will neatly keep the two pieces apart while you design

Glue the top half on to the bamboo spacers

Glue the top half on to the bamboo spacers

Glue in hazel twigs

Glue in hazel twigs. Make sure each twig makes contact with both the top and the bottom of the bark bag

Add twigs to all four sides

Add twigs to all four sides

Drape a few twigs to hang outside the bag shape

Drape a few twigs to hang outside the bag shape

Carefully remove all four bamboo spacers

Carefully remove all four bamboo spacers

Bark bag ready to design with

Bark bag ready to design with

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