While progress and technology are useful and necessary, sometimes the nostalgic traditions just can’t be beat by newfangled practices. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I’m definitely on team vintage Valentine’s. A big part of the nostalgic Valentine’s memories, is the handmade Valentine’s box or bag. The great thing about this simple craft is that you can create either a bag to collect Valentine’s cards or a vintage Valentine’s gift bag. Either way, is a fun craft to do with kids and a great way to stir up those happy nostalgic feelings.
You can make this vintage Valentine’s craft in 5-20 minutes, depending on your skill and how elaborately you embellish the bag. The great thing about this project is that you can make it as simple or fancy as you’d like. The only limit is your imagination.
Vintage Valentines Bags
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Vintage Valentines Bag Supplies
- Brown Paper Lunch Sacks
- Retro Valentine’s Day Images – I love the wide variety of images available from The Graphics Fairy.
- White Card Stock Paper – Print images on card stock paper so that they’re sturdier and will hold up to the crafting process.
- Glue Stick
Choose the vintage Valentines images you want to use. I like using images with a heart that allows me to cut the top of the paper bag in the shape of the heart.
- Download the image
- Insert the image into a Word document. Adjust the size to fit your brown paper bag.
- Print the images onto white cardstock paper.
If you’re going to cut the top of the paper bag to match your image, attach the printed image to the bag using paperclips. Cut the top of the bag following the image as a guide.
Trim the image to fit the front of the paper bag. Use the glue stick generously on the back of the image so that it will adhere well to the paper bag.
Embellish the vintage Valentines and the paper bag, if you’d like. You can use:
- Smaller sizes of your larger image
For my favorite Valentine’s crafts, tips, printables and recipes, check out the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.
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