Back to School Grab Bags

School is back in session for many of us.  Give summer a last hurrah and help your kids anticipate a fantastic school year with these cute Back-to-School Fringed Cowpoke Grab Bags. Or you can use them at birthday and other parties, too!

We've been having fun with a Wild West theme here this summer. How about cow-themed grab bags filled with a few back-to-school supplies?

It's so appropriate that these fringed, spotted-cow cuties are made from lunch bags!  They are so easy, it's hard to call this a Grab Bag Tutorial!

Simply stamp some "cow spots" on the lunch sacks, snip up the top edge of the bag to create fringe, and then fold it over and staple it to look like stitching. I added my trademark tinfoil bling: a star, and looped a strip of bandana for a real Round Up kind of feel.

They go great with the Udderly Awesome Cow water balloons when you throw a Wild West Back-to-School Round Up party!

Your Fringed Cowpoke Grab Bags can hold crayons, pencils, glue, to name a few items. 

Of course, these school supplies are always great crafting supplies to have around the house, too. {wink}

I remember loving math races in grade school. Anyone else? {Or was I just a numbers geek?}

If you have a birthday party coming up, these Fringed Cowpoke Grab Bags could be filled with other types of fun goodies.

Take FULL advantage of this last bit of summer before school starts to enjoy great water balloon games. Make a comical cow udder version from plastic gloves. {Click here for the tutorial.}

Herd your cowpokes toward school readiness by celebrating big! Complement the Back to School Round Up party theme with these Wild West ideas:

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Be sure to come link up your latest creations

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Donna Wilkes said...

Christina - These are fantastic ideas for getting kids excited about going back to school. These would make great PTA projects for classrooms!

Christine said...

These are awesome Christina!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

The CSI Girl said...

This is a great idea. I hope you will come over to The CSI Project and link it up. The challenge this week is back to school. Each week is a new challenge, new tutrials and a giveaway. Come on over!

annies home said...

love them so very cute great way to head back to school

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Jennifer said...

Love this idea. Great tutorial. Thank you for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Very creative and I love your tutorial. What a great way to kick off the school year. Thanks for sharing!


Lindsay Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Love this!! Such a cute and fun idea!

I featured your grab bags on my blog today, come check it out :) said...

That looks like a really fun party. I'm pinning this post to my party ideas board. (I love themed parties.) I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at my link party. I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this later tonight feel free to stop by and grab a button :)


Jill said...

Love the idea of a back to school grab-bag!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Ah, so cute. Thanks so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Please do come back again next week. I'd love to see what else you've got going on.

Warmly, Michelle

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

OMGosh! So super cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Catch as Catch Can. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Super cute way to gets the kids geared up for back to school!

Tauni said...

What a fun, fresh take on the traditional back-to-school party!

Thanks for sharing!

xoxo, Tauni