Decorate a plain gift bag to make this easy, adorable lemur gift bag! I used ribbon, furry yarn, and free printable tropical leaves to make this creative lemur-themed gift wrapping.
I made this lemur gift bag for my daughter's friend's birthday present--she loves lemurs!
In fact, I also made a lemur themed cake for her birthday! I used this great gum paste lemur guide from the Cake Dutchess to make this cute little guy. The little wafer paper butterfly was a last-minute addition, and I love it!
Here's the whole lemur cake! I'm still learning how to do fault line cakes properly. It's a work in progress, but that's one reason that I never sell my cakes, only make them for friends. I get to practice on people and attempt new things that way!
Anyway, back to the lemur gift bag. I love having a stash of plain gift bags and customizing them for occasions. I'm a sucker for any kind of creative gift wrapping project! I looked through my craft supplies, and found some black velvet ribbon and some furry white yarn, and was inspired to make a gift bag to match the cake for the birthday girl.
Materials for a DIY Lemur Gift Bag:
- plain gift bag (I used a brown kraft, 8x10 inch gift bag, but you could use any color, of course)
- furry white eyelash yarn
- 1" wide black velvet ribbon
- free printable tropical leaves (see below)
Free Printable Tropical Leaves for a Lemur Gift Bag:
I liked the idea of tropical leaves peeking out of the top of the gift bag with the tissue paper, but didn't have any real tropical-looking leaves to use, so I decided to make a free printable to use and share with you. Just click on the image below to download or print the PDF of these printable tropical leaves and cut them out to use in this tutorial.
How to Make a Lemur Gift Bag:
Cut the black velvet ribbon into short lengths--about 1.5" or 2" long. I didn't measure them myself, I just eyeballed it. Arrange in a curved tail pattern on the plain gift bag, leaving space between the ribbon segments for the white stripes of yarn.
I used black velvet ribbon because I found that in my stash, but you could certainly use black furry eyelash yarn to make a super-furry and fabulous lemur tail!
Glue all of the black pieces in place, and then glue the furry eyelash yarn between the black velvet segments.
So simple, but so cute! But I still wanted a bit more of that Madagascar jungle flair, so I added some tropical leaves to the design.
I simply cut out the printable tropical leaves (get the PDF above), and glued them to the inside of the bag.
This would make a fabulous favor for a zoo party, a jungle party, or a Madagascar movie themed party. Or, like in my case, for a gift for a lemur-loving kid!