Back to School Printables

I can’t even believe we are getting close enough to going Back to School.  Summer just got started!  But alas, all good things come to an end…luckily we still have a few weeks…but I have several friends who start back to school in just two weeks!  Only one of my kids is looking forward to going back to school…and I am sure it’s because she is excited about being able to eat lunch at the school…finally!  haha!

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Our little group of bloggers, have teamed up once again this month to bring you some fun Back-to-School Printables.  I created a fun Back-to-School Countdown to help decorate your home or Back-to-School party to help get you and the kids thinking about school and schedules again.  We will be hanging this in the kitchen on our hutch in a couple of weeks and will use it at our annual Back-To-School dinner we like to have the week before school starts.

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I am obsessed with Library Card Catalogs and am hoping to be able to build a replica of one (cross your fingers for me) for a piece of furniture in my home, I saw some old Library Cards!  I thought they would be fun to use as a Back To School printable.  I used them in a Countdown Banner to get my kids excited (or prepared) for the new School Year to start.

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They would also make super cute bookmarks, or Back to School party invitations.  You could also print them out and write a little thank you note on them for your School Teachers.  Another idea I thought of would be to use them to drop a fun little note to your child in their school lunch boxes or back packs.  There really are a lot of fun ways to use these and they are pretty simple to make.

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I simply used this printable that I found from My Paper Pony and made my own Countdown Calendar with it.  Hers were perfect and JUST what I had had in mind.  Use hers if you would like a blank copy of it for a little note card!

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To make the little envelopes, I simply cut out some fun patterned scrapbook papers and wrapped them around the bottom of the cards.  I have a printable template for you to use as a pattern if you would like to recreate what I made exactly!  I simply cut them out and taped them together on the sides of the cards.

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I also have the printable Back to School Countdown Calendar for you to print out and use if you would like as well!  Then I simply hung them on a string and attached them with some large and small paper clips!  You could also use some small clothespins.  I opted for the paper clips to keep it on a back to school theme.

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Now we can look forward to our new school year with this fun and easy to make Back to School Countdown Calendar!  If you would like to make your Countdown longer, simply download the blank calendar and add some more days to it!

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To download the printables simply click on the following links:

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Back to School Countdown 5-8

Back to School Countdown 9-10

Library Card Envelope Pattern

Now, be sure to head on over to these other fantastic sites and see what other fun Back To School Printables they are sharing with you today! So many fun ideas!  I am headed over to grab a few for my family too!

When do your kids head back to school?

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1. Paging Supermom: Print and frame this Alphabet Art for your wall or to give to teacher.
2. Kiki & Company: Send this fun toy in their lunch, sure to spark some giggles with friends.
3. Eighteen25: Share this pep talk print with the kids before sending them off to school.
4. The Idea Room: Get the kids ready for Back-to-School with this fun Countdown Banner.
5. Simple As That: Inspire a young reader with this free set of printable bookmarks.
6. Whipperberry: Help everybody get in the school routine with this after-school checklist.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: Send your kids back to school with these lunch-box jokes.
8. The Crafting Chicks: Make a sweet gift for teacher with these fill-in notes.



Closet Organization and Printable Labels

A month ago, I shared with you how I was tackling my daughter’s closet and clothing mess.  I promised you I would share with you the labels I had made.  Well, I had planned on sharing them sooner, but when I went to write the post and find the labels…they were gone…like I had forgotten to save them after I printed them…gone!  Really?!

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Anyways, I decided I wanted to change them up a bit.  So here is the second version, that I like better.  And…the good news is I remembered to save them so I could share them with you too!

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If you are anything like me, than a little organization with a pretty label makes your heart feel happy.  It doesn’t guarantee that the toys or closet will stay organized…in fact I guarantee that if your kids are like my kids…it won’t last very long and you will have to hurry and get a picture.

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It seems like my kids aren’t interested in something until is has been cleaned and organized and then they are suddenly compelled to dig around in their freshly organized space.  Am I right?!

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To see how I am trying to deal with the hand me down clothes for this girl who has two older sisters who give her clothing she won’t grow into for a couple of years due to the age and height difference (she is super small for her age and my other girls are taller than average), be sure to check out this earlier post:

{Closet Organization}

I didn’t forget about the boys.  I tried to come up with some labels that are geared to all sorts of toys that my daughter doesn’t have…like some legos, trucks, trains, etc., so I didn’t leave anyone out.  I have provided some blank labels too so you can customize them for your specific needs.

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I, of course, want you to have these fun labels to use for your own kids rooms and closets.  I have made them available as a free download to get them you will need to read these directions very carefully. *I only offer then through Facebook due to misuse of my free labels and copyright due to people selling them or posting as their own.  Sorry about that.

To download the Closet Organization Labels click here:

{Closet Organization Labels}

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Fruit Valentines


I have another Valentine Day idea that would be perfect for your kid’s classroom valentines or a Valentine’s Day Party…or even a fun birthday party with a colorful rainbow theme.

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A few years I spotted these adorable fruit tag printables from Alpha Mom via Cindy Hooper from Skip to My Lou and have thought about them often.  I even printed them out and used them in my kids lunches a few times.

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Aren’t they so cute?  These would be a fun Valentine’s Day Treat for the health conscious person or food allergy riddled person such as myself…

So I decided to come up with a fun Fruit Valentine for Valentine’s Day using these cute Runts.  Have you seen Runts?  They were one of my favorite candies growing up.  I am not a big “candy” fan now as I prefer to spend my calories on chocolate.  But if I am forced to eat candy then I would choose Runts (or Skittles) except for the bananas…those I am not a fan of!

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Now obviously the sayings I used have pretty much been used all over the place…but here are the versions I chose to use…

You Are Really Grape!

You Are Berry Special!

I Go Bananas For You!

Orange You Glad We’re Friends?

You Deserve The Lime Light!

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orange-candy  lime-puns

If you would like to download the Fruit Valentines, click on the link below.

{Fruit Valentines}

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It’s important to get your daily servings of fruit ;)!

New Year’s Eve Printables

As promised, here are the rest of the New Year’s Eve Printables for your New Year’s Eve Party and activities!  If you would like to see the other posts I shared with you earlier, you can check them out here…

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

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I printed out the labels on some white cardstock and then cut them out.  To cover the bottle labels, simply cut out a strip of scrapbook paper to cover the original label and glue into place.  Then I cut a smaller black strip of cardstock paper and then attached the round labels.  I also cut out and made some tags for the tops of the bottles.  If you want the labels to be smaller, simply print less than 100% to get the size you need.

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You can also use these tags for a lot of other things.  I used them in the photo booth as some fun photo props or use them as party favor or gift tags!

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I also came up with some fun party favors.  You can give your guests some confetti (if you want to clean it up :) and some party blowers or party hats.  I also thought it would be fun to add some “pop-it” fireworks for the guests to pop at Midnight!  The labels are meant to be printed out and stapled onto little cellophane bags that are 4 inches in width.  You could also cut out the rectangle and add to another piece of paper to fit another size if needed.

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If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables}

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New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

Throwing a New Year’s Eve Party?  Or just spending it at home with some family and friends? Why not pass the hours taking some fun photos with your loved ones with these fun New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props.

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Today I am sharing these free New Year’s Eve Printable Photo Props with you so that you can use them with your family and friends.

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Simply print them out on cardstock and then cut them out.  I glued and then added some tape to secure them to the photo prop.  I attached them to a wooden skewer (used for Kabobs and found in your local grocery store).

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You can set up an area in your home where the photos can be taken.  Use a white sheet as a backdrop or find a wall that you can add some “New Year’s Eve décor”.  I simply used a wall in my kitchen that already had a large wall clock and then hung some Gold and Silver Christmas Ornaments from the ceiling.

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So simple and easy!  Then snap away!  If you are extra ambitious, you could print them out for your guests to take home that night or send them to their homes as a thank you after the party!  I think it is a great souvenir to take home from the New Year’s Eve Party.

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If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props}

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Now…obviously…these were not taken at midnight.  In fact…the only time I had time to snap these pictures was right before we headed out to church…haha!

If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

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I am curious…do you let your kids stay up until Midnight?

Printable New Year’s Eve Banner

Planning on decorating for the New Year or a New Year’s Eve Party? This New Year’s Eve Banner is a really simple addition to your New Year’s Eve Party Décor.

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The banner can be printed on any color of cardstock or even patterned scrapbook paper so that you can customize it for your personal preferences.  Then simply cut it out and hang it up where your party guests can see it…

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Or use it as a New Year’s Eve Photo Prop for your friends and family!  A fun way to ring in the New Year and to capture the memory on film.  And my kids do not normally dress up for our New Year’s Eve Party in their Sunday clothes…the only time I had a chance to snap some pictures was before we headed out to church!  Don’t they look thrilled?!

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If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Banner, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Banner Printable}

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If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Party Favors

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

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12 Free Christmas Printables | Neighbor Gift Tags

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It is time once again for our monthly printable blog hop.  This month we are all sharing some fun and FREE Christmas Printables.  This is going to be our very last printable hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

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This month I thought it would be fun to share a simple neighbor gift idea.  I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to come up with a new twist on a well loved idea.  Giving a jar or a bag of homemade cookie mix is not a new concept.  I love the idea of sprucing it up a bit and putting it in a pretty package.

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I love having the ingredients to make cookies during the holiday season right on hand.  You never know when you will need to whip up some homemade goodies at the last minute with all of the parties and events…so these make for a practical gift too.

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I quickly sewed together some homemade cookie mix bags out of a canvas paint drop cloth.  I will share that tutorial here soon.  To see some other projects I have used a drop cloth for check these out!

Christmas Gift Bags

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Then I hand-stamped a wooden spoon with the word JOY!  To see how I did that you can read the tutorial here:

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Then fill up a plastic ziploc baggie with all of the dry ingredients for you favorite cookie or brownie recipe…or use mine!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*2 1/4 cups flour

*1 tsp. baking soda

*1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

*3/4 cup white sugar

*3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

*2 cups chocolate chips

nuts (optional)

*These are the ingredients you will add to the ziploc baggie.

Print out this Free Merry Christmas Tag and/or Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions and attach them to your Neighbor Gift.

Merry Christmas Tag

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions

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Need some more Christmas Printables! Yes…Yes…I think you do!  Check out these other fabulous ideas!  Be sure to hop on over and say hi!

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1. {The Dating Divas} ­ Festive and FLIRTY cards just for you two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} ­ A vintage 12 days of Christmas countdown activity.

3. {Whipperberry} ­ Holly Jolly Christmas printable to dress­up your holiday decor!

4. {Crafting Chicks} ­ Print and keep track of WHO you are giving to and WHAT you are giving them with these darling printable Christmas Lists pages.

5. {Tatertots &; Jello} ­ An easy way to display Christmas cards using a foldable ruler. Plus a free Holiday blackboard printable!

6. {L’il Luna} ­ Christmas Cookies in a Jar with free printable recipe! A cute and inexpensive gift idea!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} ­ “Blue Christmas” gift idea and printable tag for loved ones you’ll miss this year at Christmastime!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} ­ A sweet little tag and Hershey Kiss stickers to dress up a cute and fun gift

9. {The 36th Avenue} ­ Super Cute DIY Christmas Stockings made with our Free Printables!

10. {Paging Supermom} ­ Stocking Tags to personalize your family’s stockings plus coordinating “Naughty” and “Nice” labels.

11. {The TomKat Studio} ­ Printable “Dear Santa” Letter perfect for the kids to fill in and mail off to the North Pole!

12. {The Idea Room} ­ Fun Christmas Labels for your Christmas gifts and printables for a fun Neighbor Gift Idea & tutorial.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables {Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons}

12 Free Halloween Printables {Monster Mints}

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

 

Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe

You know I had to try it….

a Chocolate Sugar Scrub!

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It’s chocolate-y…and I like it!

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I hope you are not sick of these sugar scrubs! I am having a lot of fun experimenting with some different combinations.  They make fun gifts and…well…its that time of year!

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One of the best things about this gift is the potential for cute packaging…and you KNOW how much I love gifts in a jar! Jars just make everything cute.  I get asked a lot about how I attach my bottle labels.  I simply print them out on my laser printer (or you can print them at a copy shop) onto white cardstock.  Then I cut them out and paste them onto the bottle with a simple glue stick.  This works really well and is fast an easy!  You can print them on sticker paper if you want, but I find that to be a lot more expensive.

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Many of you have asked in the past about where I find my jars.  So I thought I would share it here with all of you.  I find a lot of cute bottles at Hobby Lobby and they have them on sale for half price a lot of the time.  This particular jar was $1.50 on sale.  I also LOVE using Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles too!  Those are the ones I use most frequently and I am lucky to have a friend who gives me them when she is done with them.

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe:

1/2 cup raw cane sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp. cocoa baking powder

*don’t add more cocoa unless doubling…it will turn your skin brown ;)

up to 1/4 cup Almond Oil {Coconut or Olive Oil}

1/2 tsp. vanilla

chocolate shavings from bakers chocolate square (optional)

a few drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)

*If you want to spice it up you can add some peppermint oil or cinnamon oil for a fun twist.  I did not do that for this recipe.

Mix together the sugars and cocoa in a bowl.  Slowly add the oil until you have your desired consistency.  I prefer mine to be drier than oily.  But of course you can make it to your likes.  Add the vanilla and Vitamin E if desired and stir all together until combined.  Store in an airtight jar or container.  Should last for up to 3 months.

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If you make it…let me know what you think! I love getting feedback from you guys.  It helps me know what other projects to work on that you might be interested in!

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And…I am sharing these Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels with you all.  To download the Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels}

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Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Lump Of Coal | Christmas Gift

I have been wanting to make these simple Christmas Gifts for a couple of years now and finally got around to it.  I have always LOVED See’s Licorice Medallions and thought they would make the perfect lump-of-coal or “Christmas Coal”.

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And how perfect is it that they each have a letter “S” on them?!  We are going to pretend that the “S” stands for Santa Claus!  Because surely Santa’s Coal would magically have a letter S on them!

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To make the Santa’s Coal bags, I simply took some small linen bags that I picked up at Michael’s and stenciled “Santa’s Coal: North Pole” on them.  Could. NOT. be. any. easier!!

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And…you can make some too.  Want to get a copy of the stencil?  Click here to download:

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{Santa’s Coal Stencil}

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These are so simple to make and would make a fun gift for kids classmates, friends, the kids at your church or even as a fun little stocking stuffer!

If you can’t find the See’s Licorice Medallions (or you don’t like the flavor of Black Licorice…seriously…who wouldn’t like that flavor?) you can replace it with some black gumballs or jelly beans.

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And…last but not least, I made a little printable tag to go with it if you want.  You can use the tag with the stenciled Santa’s Coal bags or use the tag and attach it to a different bag altogether.

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{Santa’s Coal Gift Tag}

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If not, I have a simple and easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift for you.  This is definitely not a NEW idea…but simply a twist on an old standby gift…but in a pretty package.

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Now, I am personally not a drinker…but we do like a good sparkling cider drink.  Either way, you can wrap up the bottled beverage of your choice and gift it to your Thanksgiving Hostess.

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This wine bottle gift bag could NOT be any simpler to make.  As I have shared with you before…I am not the best seamstress in the world.  But…I can sew a straight line.  If you can sew a straight line…or if you are willing to learn how to sew a straight line, this is a project you CAN do!

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I took a canvas paint drop cloth (weird…I know)…but I had some left over from these earlier projects…Thanksgiving Table Linens, Monogrammed Table Runner and an upcoming project for Lowe’s (which I can’t post just yet).  Canvas Drop Cloths are really inexpensive too…or you can pick up some linen (or the fabric of your choice) at your local fabric store.

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Monogrammed Wine Gift Bag Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of fabric that measures 12.5 inches (for the bottle height) x 11 inches (for the bottle width).

*If your bottle is wider than normal you will need to add some inches to the width.

2.  Fold the material in half with the wrong side of the fabric out.

3.  Sew 1/4 inch seam along the bottom and the side of the bag.  Be sure to backstitch at each end and the corner to reinforce the seams.

4.  Turn the bag inside out.  Fold down the top of the bag 1/4 inch and pin so that the raw edge is inside the top of the bag.

5.  Sew along the folded edge around the entire top of the bag.  This will give you a nice finished edge.

*If you want it extra nice…roll the edge twice and iron before sewing.

6.  Iron the bag…which of course I clearly did not do…

7.  Print out a Monogram Letter of your choice.  To access the free Monogram Letters click the link below:

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{Monogrammed Bottle Gift Bag Letters}

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8.  Cut out the stencil.  If you want a black circle like I have (or another color) you will need to cut out the black area.  Tape your stencil in place.  Stencil your black paint onto the bag.  I stenciled mine about 4-5 inches from the bottom of the bag.

OR…use the stencil with some tracing paper to trace it onto the bag and then hand paint the monogram onto the bottle gift bag.

*Try measuring where you want the stencil by putting the bottle in the bag first to see where it will fall.

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Now you have a beautiful gift bag for your Thanksgiving gift.

And…I am also sharing these Thanksgiving Gift Tags.  Simply print them out and add a little bit of glitter to the wreath.  You can also use these gift tags with ANY Thanksgiving Gift you might be giving out this Thanksgiving!

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