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This instructable covers the making of a grungy paper bag Valentine Day's card. It would make a sweet gift for your significant other or friend. It has a spot to tuck a letter into the card, allowing for more customization than just the cutesy sentiments you get with commercial cards.

The design is intended to require minimal materials and produce a minimal amount of waste. For many crafters, it can be done without purchasing any new materials. It will take most people about an hour to complete this card.

Step 1: Supplies and tools

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The card is constructed out of these materials:
1  brown paper "lunch" bag
1 8.5" x 11" sheet light-colored coordinating paper
1 3" x 3" coordinating cardstock
1 pony bead of a coordinating color
   --any bead which can fit over your ribbon will work fine
total 24 to 30 inches of thin, coordinating ribbon
   --2 pieces 6" to 8"
   --1 piece 12" to 14"

These tools are required:
glue of some sort -- I used a glue stick, but regular white glue would also be fine.

For the decoration, you can go one of two routes, or combine them:
a crayon of a coordinating color
colored pencil or pen of a coordinating color
ink pad of a coordinating color
a pen of a coordinating color
various stamps
   --I used one flowery type stamp for the outside, a curlique-type stamp for the bottom, and letter stamps for initials.

I created the instructable based on the red and black card, which uses the stamp and ink pad route. The other card pictured, the blue one, used only a crayon and a colored pencil.
ViLESawbones 6 months ago
It was kind of hard for me to do (but then again my paper bag was really small), but it was very fun for me to do for Valentine's! I'm sure my boyfriend will love this! :D
MMSSS1 made it!6 months ago
I'm make it
it is easy

That on the picture is the governor of Sultan Qaboos of Oman

I like it
Tank you
CheeksMcKee2 years ago
This is so beautifully done and will go very nicely with my paper bag save the dates I made. I bet it could be turned into an invitation.
mistyp (author)  CheeksMcKee2 years ago
Thanks! I'd love to see whatever you dream up!
TRANSLTR4 years ago
Really great. Thank you.
rkb_best4 years ago
Wow this is really great and nicely explained. I'll try to make it for my girlfriend she's gonna love it.
Thanx for this 'ible
a thing of beauty indeed :)
0jack4 years ago
This is absolutely adorable. I always have a stack of paper bags around. (Paper bag puppets never go out of style for kids.) I'm definitely making some Valentine's Day cards this way. It shouldn't be too hard to make an envelope out of the brown bags I get from the store. Thanks for this.
mistyp (author)  0jack4 years ago
An envelope would be very easy, and would make a nice touch. Let me know how it goes!
Flea4 years ago
Quite excellent! I love the chaotic simplicity of this creative gift.
mistyp (author)  Flea4 years ago
Thank you very much!