12 months of martha is my fave

February 4, 2013

I really love the Martha Stewart Crafts line (and I’m not getting paid to say that). When Jo-Anns started dedicating an aisle to it, Ryan was still in law school and I was unemployed so money was tight. I would literally plant myself in the aisle, gather up everything I wanted and then whittle it down to the one thing I could justify buying. You know, for a “blog project.” So I jumped at the chance to be part of 12 Months of Martha. Here’s the gist: I get sent a box of Martha Stewart Crafts products once a month, a come up with a project using the materials, and then I share the results. Sound good? Good. Here’s what I made with materials from the first box.
you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags

To make your own Valentine paper treat bags you’ll need:
– scrapbook weight paper (I used sheets from Martha Stewart Crafts Valentine Paper Pad)
– scissors
– decorative paper punches (like this heart from MSC)
– clear cellophane
– double sided tape or glue stick

you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags

For the template, I simply traced the outline of a deconstructed bag I had in my party supply stash. The dimensions when open are 11×4 with additional material for the flaps (don’t forget flaps!). This envelope template from Mineco would work too. So once that’s decided, cut it out and use your paper punch to create a little window.

you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags

Cut out a square of cellophane big enough to cover your window and attach with glue to the backside of the paper. Put glue on the folded in flaps, then fold up the bottom half of the paper to attach and create a bag.

you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags

Fill with treats than close up the top with tape or round labels. I used Shape N’ Tape from Lifestyle Crafts which is sheets of decorative adhesive so you can cut it into any shape you want.

Treat bags complete.

you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags
you are my fave: diy valentine treat bags

I used Good & Plenty candies only because they looked pretty in the bags. Please do not give your Valentine Good and Plenty. Unless you want to be kicked in the shin.


  • On February 4, 2013 , April Louise said:

    This looks like such a fun project and you have done such a nice job, right up my street!

  • On February 4, 2013 , The New Diplomats Wife said:

    bleh. hate good and plenty’s – love the bags though, very cute.

  • On February 4, 2013 , Sarah Ann Noel said:

    SOOO pretty. And you called it on the candy.

    P.S. Can’t wait to meet on Wednesday!

  • On February 4, 2013 , Susan said:

    How did you get the perforations for the flap folds with a template? I’d love to be able to do that! so much easier to fold!

  • On February 4, 2013 , Angela said:

    So cute. RE: Good and Plenty: I know right? Who decided that Pepto Bismol is good flavor for candy? Ugh.

  • On February 4, 2013 , may said:

    absolutely right about Martha’s bits as I call them. Lovely treats, and a cute, original idea. Well done!

  • On February 4, 2013 , corey said:

    ew, good & plenty. my mom likes those and i literally give her the continous stink face whenever she eats them around me. gross. in other news, how do i become a part of this 12 months of martha heaven!? it’s basically a dream come true…

  • On February 4, 2013 , Karen said:

    Good & Plenty are the grossest candy, but look very pretty with your crafted gift bags! This was a great tutorial!

  • On February 4, 2013 , Amelia said:

    Melanie, I love good and plenty’s! Give them to me! I won’t even kick you in the shin.

  • On February 4, 2013 , Chloe Moon said:

    I love Martha Stewart’s product line!!! That’s so cool that you are a part of this project!!! I love the treat bags! They are so cute! =)

  • On February 4, 2013 , Janssen said:

    This is pretty much my dream project! Martha and candy (pretending it’s not G&P which, as you mentioned, are disgusting).

  • On February 4, 2013 , Ana Zaragoza said:

    I love it!!! It seems to me a very good idea

  • On February 4, 2013 , Polly Rowan said:

    I love these bags! So pretty. I wish we had Martha Stewart over here in England! (I also had to google Good and Plenty to see what they were!) x

  • On February 4, 2013 , Martha brown said:

    I would LOVE Good n Plentys for Valentines Day! And they are perfect in your window bags.

  • On February 5, 2013 , kleine Schwester said:

    what a fantastic idea !!!! Wonderful.

  • On February 5, 2013 , Shelley Turk said:

    What a lovely idea. I totally agree with you about Martha as well. The supplies, ideas and arrangements that team puts together are so awesome!

  • On February 5, 2013 , Lena said:

    If that doesn’t sound like the best delivery ever, I don’t know what is.

  • On February 5, 2013 , eLIZabeth Floyd said:

    These are just so sweet, and I think perfect for Valentine’s day, but also I think they are perfectly suited to be adapted to just about any holiday…

    Thanks for sharing this craft project.


  • On February 5, 2013 , Ellie said:

    Hahahahahaha…that last paragraph made me nearly pee my pants! Juxtaposed under that sweet picture…ha.

  • On February 5, 2013 , Jenny said:

    These are really cute and I love the idea of making them for any holiday. How does one sign up for the 12 months of Martha?? That sounds awesome!!

  • On February 6, 2013 , Katarina said:

    How great idea for Valentines day. I like to my boyfriend make one for me…<3

  • On February 11, 2013 , Melanie said:

    Adorable! 🙂

  • On February 16, 2013 , Karen Petersen said:

    good and plenty are not good and you should not eat plenty of them.

  • On February 19, 2013 , Michelle said:

    12 months of martha sounds like a dream! That’s awesome you got to be a part of it. Cute valentine’s too!

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