Last fall I wrote about how I wanted to make a centerpiece using the white ceramic pears I had. They had been on top of our kitchen cabinets for awhile and when I brought them down, they were sticky and dirty. You can read more about it here, but I basically decided not to put anything else up there again. That is until now!
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it, Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE. ” ~Joss Whedon
Why not create something that could be disposable, if needed. So I came up with this idea using white paper bags and lettering similar to Rae Dunn’s pottery. I found a free font to use on Dafont called The Skinny. Depending on the size bag you use, will determine what size font you want to print off.
After you print your words, separate by cutting them apart from one another.
On the back side of each word, use a No. 2 pencil and scribble the lead covering the letters. No. 2 is a softer lead and will transfer more easily.
Measure and position each word on a bag. Lightly tape the word to the bag using painter’s tape.
Then trace over the letters. Normally I would use graphite paper, but I didn’t want the lettering to be too dark; plus erasing would be much easier, if needed.
At this point, use a black marker to write over your lettering. Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens in black are my favorite markers to use for any artwork or crafts. They won’t bleed, rub off (even on shiny surfaces), and are waterproof. I used the B (bold) for this project. Now if your wondering how you’re going to keep your lines straight as you write with the marker, here’s an easy tip I use. As you write, use your entire arm for moving the pen, not your hand holding the pen. Practice on other paper with the marker. Just grip the marker as you normally would write, but as you write the “C” for instance, don’t more your hand, let your arm do the movement. You’ll find you’ll have less shaking with it and straighter lines.
I bought this package of simple white bags from Michael’s, but the past few times I’ve been in the store since, I haven’t seen it. Any bag, size, or color you want to use would work.
After you’ve got the words on the bags, very carefully fold the top over to the outside, as shown above.
Then fold it over one more time.
Now we have a little something above and it doesn’t look so plain.
Because these bags are lightweight and made out of paper, put something inside the bottom of each bag to weigh it down so a strong breeze won’t tumble them over.
And the best part of all, it takes only minutes to make these bags; and when they get old or dirty, I can just throw them away and make new!
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