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Paper Napkin Decoupaged Owl Gift Bags

Collect paper napkins with motifs because they are so great to use to embellish other items that need some pepping up. After discovering these owl motifs, the temptation to buy them was irresitible. Owls are so in right now in this area and these cuties are perfect to decorate simple paper gift bags... and whatever else you may find lying around the house.

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For this project you will need:

- small brown paper gift bags
- paper napkin with owls (napkin should have a light colored background for the best result)
- beige acrylic paint
- paper napkin glue or decoupage glue of choice
- flat and soft paint brush to apply paint and decoupage glue

Owl Paper Napkin
This is the paper napkin that was used for the project

How to Embellish the Bags:

1. First paint the bags on the flat side with acrylic paint. Do not cover the whole area. Leaving unpainted areas gives the bag a more interesting look. When the paper napkin is applied, the underground shows through the napkin and will thus be different shades which give the bag a weathered look.
Paper Napkin Decoupage Tutorial 1

2. Let the acrylic paint dry before continuing.
3. Then you will tear out the motif you wish to use. Tear through all three layers to make the tearing easier. Tearing out the motif instead of cutting it gives the appearance a more natural look. If you cut it out, you will have hard unsightly edges when you apply the napkin.
4. Position the napkin over the bag and adjust the size to fit the bag. Tear away any napkin that is over the handles as well. Once you are satisfied with the motif, remove all but the top layer of the napkin.
Paper Napkin Decoupage Tutorial 2

5. Now all you have to do is “paint” the motif onto the bag using the paper napkin glue. Start at the middle of the napkin and work your way towards the outer edges. Let the glue dry before using the bag.
Paper Napkin Decoupage Tutorial 3

 

 

 

Owl Gift Bags 1

Owl Gift Bags 2

These are just too cute and the recipient of the gift will surely be thrilled about the wrapping. Or maybe you’d rather keep the bags for yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

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