Crafts: How to Make a “Lucky You” Saint Patrick’s Day Treat Pouch
This year, I plan on celebrating Saint Patrick's Day by making little gift pouches for my husband and kids and putting them in their backpacks to discover at lunch. It's fairly easy and fun. This project is generically called a "diaper-fold pouch." I call it the "Lucky U" pouch.
How to Make a Saint Patrick's Day "Lucky U" Pouch
- Piece of double-sided patterned paper
- "U" stamp
- Floral stamp
- Green stamp pad
- Blue stamp pad
Start with a square piece of double-sided patterned paper. It can be any size, but the bigger the piece of paper, the bigger the pouch. I chose a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper from Stampin' Up.
Fold it in half diagonally.
Turn it so that the longest edge faces you. Take the left point and fold it so it touches a point exactly halfway between the bottom right point and the top of the triangle.
Then do the same to the other side.
Then fold the top flap down.
You don't need to adhere anything because filling and expanding the pouch actually makes the corners grip more tightly. But if you want to use an adhesive, you can. You can also stop here if you want, fill it with treats and rafia and call it good. But if you want to make a cute tag, keep going.
Next, get two stamps, a solid "U" and a simple floral or other pattern, and two ink pads. I used green for the U and blue for the pattern.
Then, tap the pattern stamp in the blue ink pad a few times, firmly, and tap the "U" stamp on the green ink pad, likewise. Then "kiss" the two stamps like this, making sure not to let either stamp slide against the other.
Then stamp the inked and kissed "U" on a white piece of paper.
Then write, in cursive, "lucky" either to the side or the top of the U. Trim the piece of paper to tag size, distress the edges if you want to by strafing them gently against the blue ink pad. Attach your tag to the pouch either with adhesive or by punching small holes in the tag and the pouch and tying them together with string or ribbon.