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12 Days of Holiday Crafts, Day 2: Washi Tape Treat Bags

 (Maggie Bullock)
(Maggie Bullock)

I’m always in need of treat bags during the holidays. I give friends and coworkers almond roca and these Spiced Vanilla Pecans every year, and also like having some bags on hand in case we’re invited to a party or someone stops by.

Long ago, I saw this tutorial from How About Orange and tried it, but didn’t do much with the idea. This year I’ve made several of these with Christmas washi tape patterns and am filling them with treats. I am a little bit in love with the simplicity of the bags. They look so much more complicated to make than they are.

I followed the tutorial from How About Orange, with a few simple changes. I left about 1/8” of the white envelope showing between the stripes of tape when alternating designs (I like the breathing room the space gives the eyes).

I continued the tape all the way to the bottom of the bags and glued the corners down, rather than using tape. I like the look of the bottom better, and it helped if my fold wasn’t quite the exact width of the tape.

I also used scissors to cut a random edge pattern at the top of the bag (before folding) for interest.
I’m a fan of these bags, and I hope you will be too. Kids would love helping with this one…and if your tape isn’t perfectly straight, it won’t matter.

More washi tape crafts coming up!



Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at