We were so fortunate to stay with my husband’s old mission President, from when he served an LDS mission to Greece, when we visited San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. They were so gracious enough to let our family of five stay for the weekend. While there, we were able to enjoy a Greek Salad made from vegetables from her garden. Yum! I was at a little bit of a loss on what to get her as a thank you. Do you guys have a hard time thinking of meaningful hostess gifts?
Well, I finally came up with something and since my kids were grew very fond of “Grandpa” and “Grandma” I thought I would let them join in on the gift making. I hope they like these stenciled tote bags and use it when they pick more delicious veggies from their garden.
Tote Bags (only 4.79 at Hobby Lobby for 3 but use the 40% off coupon!)
Fabric Medium (if you aren’t using fabric paint)
Foam Paint Brush
What To Do:
Write the word you want to use in a text editing program. Make it almost as big as your paper. I wrote it diagonally across the page to get the largest size possible.
Tape freezer paper to your regular printer paper, shiny side down. Using the printer paper makes the printer grab onto the paper or else it would just slip.
The way my printer works, I put the paper freezer paper down that way it would print on the actual freezer paper.
Separate the freezer paper from printer paper.
Using an exacto knife and cutting mat, cut the word out to make the stencil.
Iron the tote bag. Trust me- DO NOT skip this step. Your stencil won’t stick and paint will get under it and make a globby mess.
Now, depending on the style you want, put the stencil on the tote bag and iron on. I used two styles. With the “fruits” and “veggies” bags I used the actual word that I cut out, not the background. For the “goodies” bag I used the background.
Place the rags in the tote so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
Here comes the fun part- paint! I mixed 2 parts acrylic paint and 1 part fabric medium. I absolutely love using fabric medium. It makes any acrylic paint into fabric paint. Fabric paint is expensive and I have a bunch of acrylic paint from past projects so it really is amoney saver.
Remove the stencil and let dry.
This was such a fun project to do with the kids. It can get messy but they stayed within the lines and the stencils give a lot of room for error. I am so tempted to keep these because I love that my kids made them and they are super cute! Do you guys have any go to gifts you give to your hostesses?