March 13, 2012

Painted Mail Bags

Today I'm going to show you how to make some fun, polkadot mail bags.  They are a quick and easy fun project.

Background info: So about a year ago I learned something cool.  You can send mail in cute little bags with tags on them.  My mother-in-law started sending fun packages to the boys in these draw string bags and I was floored.  How did I not know about this?  It's way more fun than an envelope and you can use them again and again.  (If you're looking for some just google "cloth mailing mag" or "drawstring mailing bag."  They'd be easy to make as well.)

Who wouldn't like to get a fun package like this in the mail?


I got out my Tulip fabric paint and my sponge pouncers.  


I poured some paint onto a little plate and then I dipped and pounced.  My son even got in on it and thought it was fun.  I love how each dot looks different and not every dot is filled in perfectly.


And....I started thinking about all the things I could easily put polka dots on.  It would be fun to do little girl leggings or knit headbands or pillows in multiple color dots.


Once the bag dried I wrote "for you" with a 3D paint pen.


Now you just load it up with fun stuff and someone will be thrilled to get a present in the mail.


Happy mailing.

Thanks for reading.

25 comments:

  1. Pretty!! And so easy. But but but... where does the adrress and the stamp go?
    Esther.

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  2. The polka dots look like bubble gum:) And I have to agree, I like that each polka dot is unique. I love happy mail, LOVE IT!!! bills, not so much.

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  3. Yay!!! I LOVE this idea!!!

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  4. How much fun is that? My daughters will be in Utah over Easter, so I am going to have to do this for them. Can you show how the mail tag looks?

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  5. Love this! I also am curious where you put the address and stamp - thanks!

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  6. SO cute! You are super creative all the time.
    wease

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  7. So fun! Where do you get those bags?

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  8. yes please share where the address goes after the first use. and does it have to be mailed from the post office or can? thanks for the great idea

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  9. Those are super cute. I love the polka dot idea... a lot! :)

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  10. That is awesome! I had no clue that you could send a little bag like that. It's lighter than a box too. Great idea!

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  11. I can only find these in packs of 100 (or minimum 3000!). Who wants to go in? :-)

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  12. Fun! I had never heard of that before.

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  13. When I was working at a camp in Northern Idaho, my sister sent me a Nalgene bottle, filled with treats, in the mail. It was so cool that the bottle was the envelope! She put an address label on the outside of it (taped it down for extra sturdiness) and put the stamps right on the bottle as well. You can mail so many cool things!

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  14. I found the bags here: http://www.packcoinc.com/cloth-drawstring-mailing-bags.html for $21.80 for 100 4x6 bags. Anyone want to go in and purchase some together? 21.8 cents each (plus shipping)

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  15. I love how each dot looks a little different! Looks fantastic!

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  16. When I was in college in Hawaii, I wrote on a coconut (the whole big thing, not the little hairy circle) with a Sharpie and mailed it to my sister in Utah. Mail can be so fun!!

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  17. Love these....sorry to repeat...but where to stamp and address go? Do you just tie in a knot or what?

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  18. I love this idea! Since I moved away from my nieces and nephews I have to mail everything! Thanks for this!

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  19. If you look at the pictures at the top, the tag hangs from the bottom of the bag. To reuse I suppose you would add a new sticky label over the old address.

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  20. Perfect use for those cloth bags that the bedsheet come in. I had a bunch, but was not sure what to use it for!

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  21. I'm wondering how much postage to put on a bag like this?

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  22. Well that is just the funnest idea I have heard of all week! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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