Kids love to see their names on everything. It gives them a sense of pride and ownership but more importantly, it removes any doubt of whom the item belongs to. (Take note, parents: No fighting from the kids!)
This Easter, instead of putting candies in a generic goodie bag, why not make something super special for the little ones in your life? Make them their very own homemade Easter treat bags and put a name window on it. It'll be both a tease and a treat at the same time, and a great way to let your paper crafts skills shine.
How to make a name window on an Easter bag
- 12" x 12" patterned cardstock
- White cardstock
- Clear cardstock or transparency sheet
- Easter treat bag template (I am using an SVG from Lettering Delights)
- A personal die-cutting machine (I am using the Silhouette Cameo with the Silhouette Studio DE software)
Step 1: Make a border of the name to make it stand out on the treat bag
Type the name and weld the letters together.
Make a copy to be used in Step 2.
Create a 0.125" offset/shadow layer and apply the Make Compound Path command to create a border for the name.
Using the personal die-cutting machine, cut the border out from white cardstock.
Step 2: Make a name "window" cutout on the treat bag
Using the copy of the name from Step 1, incorporate it into the treat bag by applying the Make Compound Path command in the Silhouette Studio program. Alternatively, you can use the Group command.
Note: If you are not using the Silhouette Studio program, use the equivalent command in your die-cutting software that will enable your die cutting machine to cut the name out of the bag.
Cut the treat bag out of patterned cardstock.
Step 3: Make a transparent window "cover"
Draw a rectangle and center it onto the treat bag template.
Separate all 4 sides of the treat bag by "subtracting" the rectangle shape from the treat bag. (Use Object>Modify>Subtract) .
Retain only the front side of the treat bag and delete away the rest.
Make a 0.15" internal offset. Crop it down to size by placing a rectangle shape over it and applying the Object>Modify>Crop command. (Tip: Use the name as a guide to place the rectangle for a more accurate crop.)
Cut the window "cover" out of a clear cardstock or a transparency sheet.
Step 4: Assemble the treat bag
Assemble the treat bag by first creasing the score lines.
Adhere the name border (from Step 1) with a glue pen.
Adhere the transparent window cover (from Step 3) with double-sided tape.
Put the bag together with glue.
Step 5: Embellish!
Embellish the treat bag as you desire and fill it with all kinds of yummy Easter treats.
Step 6: Additional tips
For a finishing touch, add a little note card or a flag with an Easter greeting.
Instead of putting the child's name on the goodie bag, you can cut out his/her initials on the treat bag. I put the kids' names on their treat baskets, but it would also be super cute to put the name windows on a sealed treat box. The kids could take a peek inside their names to see the hidden sweets within.