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Kiss Me I’m Irish – DIY Burlap Bag

I’m in love with anything burlap! It just has such a great texture that it makes anything interesting. I found a really cool green burlap bag at the 99¢ store and started brainstorming a fun St. Patrick’s day DIY project!

I have a lot of Irish nationality, in fact my grandpa’s grandpa came over from Ireland – Jacobus Patricus McGuinness. Seriously, can it get anymore Irish than that?

Because of my roots, I’ve always liked the fun saying, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. I took that line for a spin in this fun burlap bag project and printable I created.

Kiss Me, I’m Irish – DIY Burlap Bag

Kiss Me I'm Irish Bag

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You’ll need: 

  • Burlap Bag (I found mine at the 99¢ Only Store)
  • Cricut or similar vinyl cutter to print a template
  • Spray paint
  • Printable Kiss Me I’m Irish Template

Start by saving and copy of my Kiss Me I’m Irish printable template. Just click on this link or the image below to open up the full size image and then right click the image and choose to save it to your computer.

You can then upload this image file into your Cricut Explore software or other vinyl cutting program. You could also print it on image transfer paper (using a reverse image) and iron on the image onto a shirt or canvas tote bag.


Once your vinyl is cut, weed out the excess vinyl and then apply the outer vinyl image directly onto your burlap bag. It’s a great idea to center your design in the middle of a 12×12 piece of vinyl so you have a protected edge built in. I didn’t think to move mind, so I used scrap pieces of cardboard to protect the edges of the rest of my bag when painting.

Kiss Me I'm Irish Bag

Spray paint with your choice of color. White, yellow or a different shade of green would all work well. I wanted my design to be subtle, but still visible, so I chose a light green to layer on top of my dark green burlap. I really love the look!

Kiss Me I'm Irish Bag

Allow the spray paint to dry and then remove the vinyl template and your bag is ready to use! Because I already had the vinyl on hand (any color works as it is just being used to create a template) and used leftover spray paint – the whole project cost me just over a dollar with tax for the burlap bag. Even if you bought all the supplies, your project would cost you around $5 completed!

Kiss Me I'm Irish Bag

I’m going to load up the bag with coloring books, hot wheels cars, and other quiet toys for us to tote to church each week. It’d also be great as a reusable grocery tote or whatever else you might want to use it for!

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas!

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What fun projects do you have in works for St. Patrick’s Day?

Marlys (This and That)

Sunday 8th of March 2015

Thanks you for sharing this cute bag on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. I love anything burlap and now have another reason to buy a cricut :). I will be using this on my personal blog on a St Patrick's Day post (picture and link only). Hope to see on at this week's party.

Janice Wald

Friday 6th of March 2015

My sister-in-law is Irish; I should send this to her. Very cool. Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky party. I'm Janice, one of your hostesses.


Thursday 5th of March 2015

I love this idea. Such a cute project to make for St. Patrick's Day.

Melinda Dunne

Saturday 28th of February 2015

I love this idea! I have a Cricut but haven't tried to cut vinyl with it yet. I think I need to try this out.

Laura (Lolli) Franklin

Friday 27th of February 2015

This is adorable! My dad's side is totally Irish, too, so I can definitely rock this bag!

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