napkin wine bag + free printable gift tags

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When it comes to holiday gift wrap, I love finding simple, inexpensive shortcuts that look anything but run-of-the-mill. It’s not a challenge to come up with something amazing if you have an hour and unlimited funds…but creating a clever, no-sew wrapping job in 10 minutes and a couple of dollars? Much harder to pull off.

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I often use wine for hostess gifts around the holidays, and, each year, I tend to find a brand or style of wine that I love, and use that for my gifts that year. This year, the wine of choice is Gloria Ferrer

napkin wine bag

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, opened in 1986, is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Exuberant and fruit-forward, Gloria Ferrer wines go perfectly with today’s diverse and flavorful cuisine, and have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years. In short, they’ll make the perfect host/hostess gifts for our get-togethers this year.

wine bag using napkin

For a simple, chic and elegant no-sew wine bag, I used a cloth napkin (typically about 20″x20″), ribbon and some printable gift tags (available to download here). You can find inexpensive cloth napkins almost anywhere. Mine are from Target, but World Market, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn also have a great selection.

Lay out your napkin, and place your bottle of wine at the edge, with the top of the bottle meeting the edge of the napkin.

no sew wine bag

Next, start rolling the bottle and napkin, then fold up the excess napkin fabric (similar to wrapping a gift)…

napkin wine bag

…finish by lifting up the bottom edge of napkin, and folding it over, as seen below)…

napkin wine bag

Continue to roll the bottle and napkin, tie with a ribbon, and you’re done! For this festive bow, I just took 4 pieces of ribbon, and tied them at the neck of the bottle. It gives the gift a relaxed, shabby-style feel that I love.

napkin wine bag

gift tags

I created some printable holiday gift tags using some of my favorite holiday elements–whimsical trees and deer, fun wreaths, and confetti. Just print onto an 8×10 piece of cardstock, trim, and hang!

printable gift tags

no sew wine bag

For gift giving purposes this year, I chose the 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir (my favorite grape variety), which, had a delayed harvest due to a long, cool growing season, giving the fruit more time to develop flavor and concentration. I’m also gifting the Blanc De Noirs, created mainly from Pinor Noir grapes and boasts bright strawberry and black cherry aromas.

gloria ferrer wine

So there you have it! A simple, yet clever, no-sew wine bag that’s sure to impress.

I’d love to know-what are your go-to tips and tricks for creative gift wrapping? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


mod podged glass container {a tutorial}

glass jar decorating


There’s just something special about gifting (and receiving) baked goods for the holidays. It’s a thoughtful gift that is practically guaranteed to put a smile on the face (and belly!) of the recipient. And when you add a touch of creativity to an otherwise plain-jane container, it takes a great gift to the next level…

glass container decor

Step 1: I wanted to add a creative and fun touch to my container, and what better way than to Mod Podge the recipe I used onto the outside? And because I know you’ll want to know, I used this Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Averie Cooks. They are so very delicious, and everyone who tries one agrees! Just print out your recipe onto plain paper, and mod podge onto the outside of your container. Let dry, and seal with two coats of Mod Podge.

mod podged container

Step 2: While waiting for the container to dry, I traced my lid, cut out the paper, and mod podged the paper onto the lid and sealed with two coats of Mod Podge.

mod podged container

Step 3: To add a bit of interest to the outside of the container, I wrapped it with sewing thread and secured each end to the back of the container with Mod Podge. For my second glass container, I wrapped it with twine, mod podged a holiday embellishment to the front, and mod podged a paper doily to the lid.

glass container decor

And that’s it! A simple and festive container that your recipient will love (almost as much as they’ll love what’s inside)!

glass container decorating


diy glitter ornaments {a tutorial}

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I can’t say enough good things about these glitter ornaments. They are great for neighbor/teacher gifts, gift toppers, or to sell at holiday craft fairs! I chose gold glitter, but you could have so much fun choosing different colors (and even mixing different colors on the same ornament)!

Mod Podge Gloss
Clear Glass Ornaments
Glitter (I used gold extra fine glitter)
Round Foam Brush and/or Paintbrush

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Step 1: First, you’ll want to take your Mod Podge, pour a little bit onto a piece of parchment paper or foil, and create your design on your ornament. I did simple dots, as well as free-form lines. Just don’t let this step take too long–Mod Podge dries fast!

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Step 2: Gently sprinkle your glitter all over the mod podged parts of your ornament. Let dry.

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Step 3: Once dry, use a dry foam brush to gently remove the excess glitter. You may have to go back and touch up some spots (I know I did!) Once completely dry, tie a pretty piece of twine or ribbon on end (if desired), and then make about a hundred more–these are so fun to create and gift, it’s hard to stop at just a few :)

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Have a lovely day!