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DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar Graphic with Muslin Bags

Create a one-of-a-kind DIY advent calendar using muslin bags to count the days before Christmas.

Advent calendars are a great way to create excitement for the Christmas season and are also a fun DIY craft project. Celestial Gifts bags lend themselves nicely to creative Advent calendars because they are the perfect size for stashing small treats or toys, they hang nicely, and they’re easy to decorate.

To make a DIY Advent calendar with Celestial Gifts bags, first, decide how you plan to hang your bags. The most common format we see is to have all the bags strung in order on the mantel or on a wall. However, you can get creative and hang your bags on a board, a ladder, a branch, or another decorative backdrop.

Next, decide how you want to decorate your bags. You can use these bags over and over each year, so don’t be afraid to go all out when it comes with decorating them. Often crafters will stencil the numbers 1-25 onto the bags, or even sew decorative elements onto them. We’ve also seen great printables on Pinterest you can use to print out artistic numbers and clip them to each bag with a clothespin. This makes for a charming look.

Now comes the best part. Fill each bag with one or more treats, stickers, small toys or a love note. Get creative! This is where you have the opportunity to surprise and delight your loved ones.

When it’s time to use the calendar, you can turn the number around each day (or remove it) and enjoy the treat in the bag!

If you want to look at examples or get inspiration and ideas, head to our Pinterest board.

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Hostess Gift Bags for Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving handwritten on a label

The holiday season will soon be upon us: a time marked by festivities, entertaining and celebrations with family and friends. This is also a season of giving thanks and finding ways to show you care for others. As you’re making your holiday plans this year, don’t overlook the opportunity to give hostess gifts to those who host you for holiday meals or other celebrations. Hostess gifts don’t need to be elaborate or expensive to show that you care. At Celestial Gifts, we are all about putting thoughtful ideas into small, reusable packaging that delights just as much as the gift itself. Here are a few hostess gift ideas you can turn to during this holiday season:

Bath Salts in a Celestial Gift Bag:

Bath salts are a thoughtful idea for a hostess, who may be looking for an opportunity to relax and recharge after all the preparation and planning that goes into hosting a party or a Thanksgiving meal. This DIY beaty product is easy to make and fills out a Celestial Gift bag nicely for a single use size.

  • Mix together 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 T baking soda, and three drops of an essential oil such as Jasmine essential oil.
  • Optional—add one to two drops of food coloring to give the bath salts a slight tint.
  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  • Transfer to a Celestial Gifts bag, and tie off with a decorative ribbon or twine. This is so easy to put together and is sure to delight.

Stovetop Potpourri:

Stovetop potpourri is a great hostess gift that is easy to put together and easy to enjoy. The ingredients in this bag will transform any home with the scent of a crisp fall day.

  • Add to your bag 1 apple, 1 orange, 2-3 cinnamon sticks, 1 T cloves, 2 whole nutmegs cut in half, and a vanilla bean.
  • Include instructions with your gift to slice the apple and orange into thin slices, and then simmer all the ingredients on the stove in enough water to cover them.

 

All Purpose Goodie Bag: 

If you’re not feeling crafty, we suggest another hostess gift using a Celestial Gifts bag that is sure to delight. Just fill your bag with chocolates or candies, tie with a decorative ribbon, and you’ll have a gift you can be confident your host will enjoy!

Be sure to keep up with our blog for more holiday posts coming soon. Missed our Halloween blog? Get caught up on our top spooky crafts using Celestial Gifts!

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Easy Spice Sachets for Fall Recipes

Mulled Wine in Mugs

Now that fall has arrived, we wanted to share some of our favorite fall recipes that use spice sachets. Nothing is cozier than a warm bowl of soup, or a mug of hot cider. With Celestial Gift muslin bags, it’s easy to add more flavor to your food with minimal clean-up, especially with simmered dishes perfect for autumn. Just remember that for these recipes, you’ll want to use our bags without colored strings for food safety purposes.

  1. Use fresh or dried herbs in a sachet for flavorful, savory soups and stews. Bay leaves, rosemary, thyme… No matter what kind of spice you’re looking to add to your pots this season, Celestial Gifts make it easy to infuse potent flavor to your food. Try a mix of peppercorn and rosemary bunches in beef stew, or go dried bay leaves and sage bunches for a classic chicken noodle.
  2. Take hot apple cider to the next level with a sweet blend. Nutmeg seeds and cinnamon sticks steep beautifully in apple juice for a traditional cider. If you’re looking to experiment with some more exotic flavors, try adding some cardamom pods or clove buds.
  3. Our bags work wonderfully for mulled wine. Many people love to make mulled wine in fall and winter. You can make your own blend of mulling spices with dried fruits, like oranges and apples, and spices, like cinnamon and ginger. By putting all of the spices in a bag, you can ensure a consistent texture and easy cleanup. Please note that this process will likely color your bag if you use red wine.

If you’re interested in seeing some of our favorite fall recipes, head over to our Pinterest board. Whatever recipe you want to work with, simply bundle bulkier herbs and spices in a Celestial Gift muslin bag before simmering in the pot. That way the flavor will infuse with your food or drink as it cooks and you can easily remove the bundle when it’s serving time. Remember to be creative in the kitchen. If the recipe doesn’t call for a certain spice or herb you think would be delicious, add them to your muslin bag.

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3 Easy Halloween Crafts

Bag with Corn Shaped Candies

Halloween is approaching quickly, and so is the rest of the holiday season. Have you started planning yet? We have a few creative ideas for Halloween crafts that trick-or-treaters and party guests will love. These crafts are all easy and are a great way to use our 100% US grown cotton muslin bags.

  1. Friendly ghost lollipops. This is a classic Halloween hack. Typically, people will use coffee filters or tissues and wrap them around the top of a lollipop. Once you’ve wrapped up the lollipop, you can draw a face on the tissue with classic ghost features. We recommend using a Celestial Gift bag for a similar effect. The bags are reusable, so anyone who unwraps your ghost lollipops will have a muslin bag they can keep. You can hand these out on Halloween night, or fill a bowl with them for a Halloween party.
  2. Takeaway treat bags. This idea is perfect for trick-or-treaters and would also work well as a party favor. Decorate the outside of a muslin bag with Jack-o-Lantern faces, skeletons, bats, or other Halloween staples. You can fill your newly decorated takeaway bag with candy or homemade treats. Don’t feel like decorating all the bags? Look into our custom stamping options, or purchase ones like this.
  3. Recycle Celestial Gift bags into mummy wrapping. If it’s time to get new Celestial Gift bags, don’t throw away your old ones! Cut them up into long strips to make “mummy wrapping.” You can wind the strips of cloth around mason jars and draw some eyes on them to make mummy mason jars. What other uses can you think of for these mummy wrappings?

These are just a few of our favorite ways to incorporate Celestial gift bags into your Halloween setup. If you try any of these Halloween crafts, let us know in the comments. For more Halloween and other seasonal inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! We pin a variety of décor and DIY ideas.

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Organization Hacks: Use Celestial Gifts to Tidy Up

We love seeing the creative ways people use Celestial Gifts. Today, we thought we would share some of our top organization hacks. Our muslin bags are high quality and versatile. Here are a few ways you can use Celestial Gifts around your home.

Store your sheets in Celestial Gifts bags.

The average American household owns at least six different sets of sheets. However, many times, parts of those sheet sets can get lost, or mixed and matched. It can be difficult to keep track of all the pieces that go in one set. When you place your sheets in a muslin bag, it’s quick and easy to grab a new set when it’s time to change them out. A flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcases all fit beautifully in one of our large bags. Watch our video to see how it’s done!

Muslin bags are a great way to organize toys out of their original packaging.

If you’re a parent, you know one of the most challenging things to organize is a toy collection. Action figures, doll accessories, building blocks, puzzle kits… they all have small pieces that can easily be misplaced. Grouping together toys that have lots of parts really help make sure there are no choking hazards for your little ones, and it keeps your living space a little bit tidier. Our drawstring bags are soft, so you can fit more in one place, unlike with plastic boxes and bins.

Use them in your purse.

This isn’t exactly for use in your home, but this hack still comes in handy! Our small sizes of muslin bags are perfect for storing touch-up makeup, feminine products, and other items you may not want hanging around in your purse. Nothing is more frustrating than having to dump out your whole bag to find what you need. Celestial gifts can help organize the mess so you can always grab what you want.

Here are a few ways we recommend using Celestial Gifts to organize. Do you have a favorite organization hack?

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Spring Cleaning: Tips to Organize Your Closet

Closet Organized with Celestial Gifts Muslin Bags

The weather is warming up, and that means spring cleaning is sure to start soon. As the outside world transforms, take advantage of this time to revamp your home, especially spaces that are often overlooked. Today we’re sharing how Celestial Gifts can help you organize your closet – one of the most challenging spaces to tidy up. With these tips, you’ll be able to optimize your space and save time in your daily routine.

1. Muslin bags are a great way to keep leather items pristine and organized.

It can be difficult to find a convenient place to store purses and shoes when they aren’t being used. These items are not only bulky, but require special care to protect them from scratches and dust. Place your shoes and purses inside muslin bags when they’re off-season to keep them safe and ready for when the weather changes.

2. If something won’t be used, find somewhere else to store the item.

Winter clothing items like sweaters and scarves are much bulkier than spring wardrobe essentials. They can clutter your closet, especially if they’ll just be sitting for several months. Pulling winter clothing from your closet can free up a lot of space. We like opting for an under-the-bed storage option. You can group together similar items in muslin bags to make your next wardrobe swap quick and easy.

3. Storage bins can help you organize miscellaneous items.

Much like having a “junk drawer” in the kitchen, storage bins give random belongings a home. Instead of having things collect at the bottom or top of your closet, put them in a bin so they’re out of the way until you need them. If you’ve got items that are more delicate, you can wrap them in a muslin bag before you put it in the bin. That way, you’ll still be able to save space but won’t need to worry about placing it in a compact space with other things.

Spring cleaning is a tradition that can be daunting. These tips will make tackling your closet a little bit easier. If you end up trying any of these ideas, let us know! We would love to hear about it.

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Spring 2018 Trends on Pinterest

With Spring 2018 trends starting to emerge, we wanted to share some ways to use muslin bags for fun Pinterest projects. We love Pinterest because there are so many creative minds that come together to share ideas. Muslin bags are still trending, and users are coming up with exciting new ways to use our product.

Bath teas are a customizable way to add fragrance and moisturizers to your bath. A good blend to start with is equal parts lavender buds, chamomile flowers and rose petals for a relaxing floral scent. If you have dry skin, try adding some almond oil when you’re tossing the blend together. While you can add an herbal blend directly to the tub, it’s much easier to clean up when you use a muslin bag.  Plus, you can bundle up bath tea bags to give away.

These pouches make tooth fairy visits even more fun! We thought this idea was unique and absolutely adorable. All you need to do this craft is a muslin bag and some markers. You can sit down with your little one and design something together. We love that this craft can be personalized to fit your family’s traditions.

Spring is coming, and this next project will help you bring a little extra color to your yard. By combining water, soil, clay and seeds together, you can make wildflower seed bombs. Once they’re dried, you can tuck them in muslin bags and give some away to your friends. It’s easy to plant them – just dig a small hole, and water them and you’ll see flowers peeking up in a couple of weeks. These seed bombs make gardening easy and fun, especially if you have kids.

Cold brew coffee makes a big come back every year when the weather starts warming up. In most cases, people will add coffee grinds directly to a jar and let it steep with water. While this makes a mean cup of coffee, it can get messy after straining the grinds. Try lining your jar with a reusable bag for the same potent flavor that’s a little easier to clean up.

These are some of our favorite ideas we’ve seen on Pinterest lately. Be sure to follow us for more inspiration on how to use Celestial Gifts in upcoming Spring 2018 trends. Comment below with which idea from this post you want to try the most!

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Top Etsy Trend Wabi-Sabi Explained

Muslin Bags Are Perfect for the Top Etsy Trend of 2018Wabi-sabi. You may have heard or seen the term surfacing on the Internet. Toward the end of 2017, design experts started predicting wabi-sabi would be a top trend on Etsy in 2018. Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s resident trend expert, explained the idea behind the Japanese worldview. “With an emphasis on organic materials, fabrics with innate imperfections, and natural shapes galore, wabi-sabi is all about embracing authenticity.”

As predicted, this philosophy started gradually affecting décor trends. The desired aesthetic for the year went in a different direction than 2017, less uptight and more accepting. Wabi-sabi encourages consumers to view life differently, embracing that not everything needs to be completely perfect and cookie-cutter all the time.

While organic, home-made, earthy products have been trending for awhile, wabi-sabi takes those trends and makes them more authentic. Handmade soaps can be even more irregular than before, and artisan jewelry can have small flaws that make each piece distinct. Wabi-sabi takes philosophies like minimalism and simple living and enhances them.

Something that we like about this trend is how well it aligns with our values. This year, if you plan to incorporate wabi-sabi into your products, consider switching up your packaging, too. At Celestial Gifts, we produce high-quality cotton bags that are made in the USA. Our sustainable packaging is a favorite with many online shop owners and their customers.

Custom stamped bags are popular with many clients who own small businesses. Due to our hand-stamping process, each stamp will have minimal variations that make each print unique. That’s why our stamped bags are popular with so many businesses that sell handmade goods. Customers like receiving gifts in packaging that is as unique as the product itself.

We love working with businesses who have embraced this philosophy throughout the year. Products don’t have to be perfectly stylized to work well and serve their purpose. We know packaging is important for online stores, but it has been a refreshing change to see more businesses going natural with their products and designs surrounding them.

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Muslin Wedding Trends for 2018

Muslin Bag with Customer Stamping as Wedding Favor

For guests, wedding season seems far away. For brides-to-be, wedding planning season is in full swing. Most weddings take place in the summer months, and February through April are prime for picking the finishing touches for your special day. Rustic weddings have become more popular over the last few years, and the muslin trend is expected to continue this wedding season. Here are some ways you can incorporate muslin bags in favors and décor.

  1. Custom stamped bags of birdseed. A favorite wedding tradition is showering newlyweds in birdseed. This symbolic tradition has potential to be modernized, and using a muslin bag is a great way to do that. Muslin bags are completely customizable to your wedding day, and we like the idea of making the bags personal stamping the bags with your wedding hashtag. A cotton bag full of birdseed is the perfect place to incorporate this modern trend into lasting traditions. Your guests can take the bags home to remember your special day and all the memories created.
  2. Give back to your bridesmaids. Your bridal party will offer support throughout the rest of your planning process and of course, on your wedding day. Typically, brides will have special favors for their bridesmaids. Fill muslin bags with beauty products for personal, memorable gifts that show how much you appreciate your girls.
  3. Decorate your centerpieces with a touch of muslin. Textiles can make your place settings stand out. More brides are stepping away from traditionally opulent tables, instead opting for more casual receptions. The off-white of muslin will compliment any color scheme and contrasts well with burlap, another common fabric in rustic weddings made popular by Pinterest. One of our favorite ways you can incorporate our bags is by wrapping them around glass centerpieces.
  4. Design take-home bags of candy for your guests. Chocolate kisses and candy-coated chocolates are favorites to go in wedding swag bags. You can order custom candy to match the theme of your wedding, or you can customize the bag instead. Finish off the bags with handwritten thank you notes, and you’ll have an easy but thoughtful way to show appreciation to your loved ones who attended.

We know wedding planning can be stressful, but it should be fun, too. These are just a few of our favorite ideas for adding a touch of rusting muslin to your wedding. For more ideas like this, head over our Pinterest board dedicated to weddings.

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Why Striking Packaging Is Important for Your Online Store

Muslin Bag with Logo for Online Packaging

A couple months ago, we wrote a blog post called Five Things Product Packaging Must Do. This month, we thought we would share why product packaging has become so important for online businesses. Many of the companies we are thankful to work with are online retailers, who have realized the importance of beautiful packaging for their online shops.

Unique product packaging helps you stand out from your competitors.

The age of the Internet makes it easier than ever before for anyone to be an entrepreneur. If you have an idea for a product, you have the opportunity to sell through your personal website, or even bigger marketplaces like Amazon or Etsy. Packaging can be an easy way to differentiate yourself from some of your competitors. If you develop packaging that is unique and impactful, customers will remember your brand better than some of the other options.

Sometimes, product packaging is the only physical touch point a customer will have with your store.

Even though customers are ordering products from you, packaging is sometimes the only way a customer will develop a physical memory or affiliation to your brand. If a customer can’t go in to your store and experience your brand that way, it’s a good idea to bring that experience to them with packaging. You can theme your packaging just as you would theme a store, and your packaging will serve as a lasting reminder of your company. Having your logo stamped on a cotton bag gives your customer something tangible and lasting that relates to your shop.

If customers see you care about packaging, they see you care about your product.

It can be easy to place your product in a padded envelope and stick it in the mail without much thought. But going the extra mile and creating something well-designed for your product makes what you offer more special. It shows that your product is worth more than just the function it serves. If customers can clearly see that you treat your goods with care, they will value your brand more highly.