DIY Gift Bag Wall Art [+Gold Corner Frame]

Tuesday, August 4, 2015



Hi! I am so so SO excited to share one of my most creative DIY projects yet!

Back story: The other day my co-workers and I decided a trip to Target over lunch was just what was needed (Target is my 'happy place'). As I was walking through the aisles this gift bag caught my eye. Immediately I knew I had to buy it and find a way to transform it.



I absolutely love this pattern! It reminds me of one of Caitlin Wilson's designs (See below)!

{Source}: Caitlin Wilson Designs
Anyway, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this bag and that was turn it into wall art! My guest bedroom literally had zero art on the walls and I knew this was just what it needed. However, I also wanted it to pop on the wall and wasn't finding any frames that I liked at a decent price (enter DIY Goddess) so I decided to make my own! So this post will feature two parts.

Let's get started transforming this gift bag and frames!

{Part I} DIY Gift Bag Wall Art

Step 1: Cut out 'template'
I was lucky that the frames I chose ($12 on sale at Hobby Lobby) came with a paper inside that I could cut to use as a template on the gift bag so I first cut that out (no need to be extremely careful since it is just a guide).

Loving my new gold scissors! 

Step 2: Choose pattern 
I then placed the template on different sections of the gift bag to see which parts I wanted displayed.



Once I had decided I started to cut.


I then placed it behind the matting that was provided with the frame to make sure I liked the layout.



{Part II} DIY Gold Corner Frames

As I was browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby I came across a piece of wall art in a frame with gold corners and I knew that would be the perfect frame for my new gift bag prints but I didn't just want to buy them... I wanted to make them! Let's get started!

Step 1: Take frames apart
This is kind of a given but I was getting picture crazy so I figured I'd include it. Luckily these frames came all the way apart which made painting them super easy!




Step 2: Tape off frame
I started by measuring roughly 4 inches from each corner on each side and marking with a pencil.


 I then used painters tape (love that straight edge) and to tape across the frame from each mark. This isn't necessary but it is an extra measure (no pun intended) to make sure that the corners are all even.




I cut the tape and rolled the tape around the frame.


There was a lot of extra tape left over from taping across all corners so I used the extra to tape the rest of the frame that I didn't want painted.





Your prepped frame should look something like this.


Step 3: Paint your frames
I chose to use my leftover gold spray paint from my DIY West Elm inspired Curtain Rods which is Krylon Dual Paint + Primer in Gold Metallic.



Step 4: Stare in awe at an awesome DIY job well done! 

I cannot believe how awesome this project turned out!








And just for fun here's another graphic to share!



Have you found any fun, creative ways to re-purpose gift bags? Share them with me in the comments below!

As always, Thank you for stopping by to visit {R&R} at home!


26 comments:

  1. This is genius! I can't tell you how many times I've walked through target's gifting aisle (it's my happy place too) and seen these gorgeous bags only to think, "they're too pretty to give away..." Now I have a rhyme and reason to actually keep them! Thanks so much for sharing :) I'm definitely pinning and trying this at home! So glad I found your post on Tuesday Talk this week!

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    1. Hi Maria! I know! I am now looking everywhere for inspiration like that! If you do happen to try this project please come back and share it with me!! Thank you for visiting :)

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  2. I love it. The pattern looks a bit like Oh Joy wallpaper. Your frame is fab, I just golded up an old locker gym basket. Your room is turning out to be just stunning!

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    1. Hi Mary Beth! Thank you! I am loving how this room is turning out!

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  3. I'm always keeping gift bags for re-use, but never thought to turn one into wall art! I love this idea! I'm excited to do this with cards now too :)

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    1. I didn't think to use cards too! That's a great idea! Thank you so much for visiting :)

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have quite the collection of gift bags, some I never use - need to upcycle some!! thank you for linking up at Pin Worthy Wednesday! Pinning & sharing!!

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    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you!! It was definitely one of my best DIY inspirations yet!!

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  5. Ummm you are amazing and your guest bedroom looks GORGEOUS. I love the coral and navy with the nude! You're a rockstar girl!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Allie! :) :)

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  6. This is so awesome! You'd never believe it was once a gift bag! Featuring you this weekend on our weekend features post with a link and credit back to you. We tweet and pin all of our features. I can send you the link once the post goes live on Sunday if you'd like to share on social media as well.

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    1. Hi Jenna! Thank you so much for featuring me!!!!!! :) :) :) Definitely send me the link so I can share!

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  7. OMG. This is so simple and obvious I can't believe I've never thought of it! I'm definitely gonna be on the hunt for awesome bags to make into art now!

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    1. Hi Hannah! Isn't it so fun how the simplest projects are sometimes the best! I love finding ways to create home decor out of the oddest pieces!! Thank you for visiting! :)

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  8. Great idea. Your art is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Trish!! And thank you for visiting :)

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  9. looks great! i always looks at gift bags this way...must be the side effects of blogging, lol. it works perfectly in your space with that coral bed.
    enjoy!
    b

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    1. Thank you! I agree! This blog has definitely helped inspire me in so many different ways... I am always looking for how I can transform the strangest things.... #DIYbloggerbrain! Thank you for visiting :)

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  10. Such a cute idea! I wouldn't have thought of this. Great job!

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    1. Hi Lauren! Thank you! I just love how it turned out!

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  11. What a great idea! I paint most of my frames...and I never thought to paint the corners a different color! I love how the gold goes with the gold in the bag! It looks so professional:) Nice work!!

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  12. I can't believe those were gift bags! Amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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  13. This is so stinkin clever! And beautiful! I'm going to share the link to your post this afternoon on the Fun Home Things FB page. Love it!
    Katie

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  14. This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post. horse wall decals

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    1. Hi Robert! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words of encouragement :) I definitely plan to continue blogging as long as the ideas are flowing!

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