I remember as a kid being on long road trips… before iPads and iPhones… it was even long before DVD’s and DVD players for your vehicle… I’d look out the windows, nap, read, do mad libs, listen to my walkman and eventually discman (!!) and ask “ARE WEEEE THEEEERE YET!?” a lot!… And even with devices to entertain your kids today while on a long road trip those can get old…
Here’s a sweet little pick me up sure to keep your little ones entertained and distracted on a long road trip!… Pick a time interval for your road trip… for example every hour… then every hour your kids get a little treat bag!.. little toys, fun snacks… mad libs, comic books… really the possibilities are endless here… and best of all I found all of the things shown here and more from the dollar store for under $20… there are also usually inexpensive bins of neat knick knacks at Michael’s and Superstore!
Now I couldn’t just put more stuff into a prefabbed bag…I wanted to make a custom paper bag for these sweet little treats! so here is how to make sweet little paper bags like the ones pictured above!
You will need:
Paper – like I always say with my DIYs the possiblities here are endless… use gift wrap, use a newspaper, use brown paper, spray paint your kraft paper with metallic spray paint.
Washi tape – I like to use washi for a fun pop of colour
Scissors – to cut your paper
Start with a square or rectagle of your paper… the larger the piece the larger the larger that you can make your bag…
…with the right side of your paper down fold in the two end so that they overlap just slightly an then crease your folds.
Use the washi tape to hold the paper together in the middle.
Fold up the bottom and crease across… this will become the bottom of your paper bag!
Pull the folded up piece apart to create a diamond and crease the new edges…
…now fold the bottom and top of the diamond into the centre and tape into place.
…tape, tape, tape…
…the bottom is secure!
Now we have to prepare the sides… when folding up the diamond you created some folded points… fold in your sides keeping them parallel and line up their bottom corner with the bottom corner folded points you created when making the bottom…
…fold in both sides and give a good press to the creases!
Once the side creased have been made you’re getting close!…
Now open up the bag… we have a little crease fixing to do… see some of the folds are in the wrong direction? Creasing the layers together gave us the line where our crease needed to be, we just have to fix their direction now!
…gently fold any misdirected creases into their proper direction – you’ll know them when you see them… think lunch bag!
That looks much better!… now fix the inside crease by bringing the two outside creases of each side together…
The last thing to do to prepare your bags is to put in your items and check the height of your bag… if its too tall just snip off the extra!…
And there you have it!… you’ve made your very own paper bags!
If you’re not into making the paper bags you could dress up some kraft paper lunch bags using a sharpie to add drawings, jokes, riddles, car bingo items! Or even with stickers, glitters, paints, ribbons – customize them for your kids!