The FASTEST, easiest way to make DIY gift bags of all sizes for holiday, Christmas, & birthday, from gift wrap, brown paper bag or any paper!
Remember all those times when we wished there was a gift bag handy for a spontaneous moment of gift giving? This FASTEST, never-seen-before way to make gift bags of all sizes, from gift wrap or any paper is the perfect hack for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day etc!
No math needed, it’s a totally fool proof way to make gift bags of all sizes from gift wrap or any paper! The secret: using a box as a guide!
With this simple hack, even if you think you are hopelessly clumsy, you can sneak away from your guests for just 5 minutes and emerge with a gift inside a gift bag you just made!
The only materials you will need are paper such as gift wrapping paper, very inexpensive brown kraft paper here , or white kraft paper . You will also need some clear scotch tape or glue sticks, paper cutter, or scissors.
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Step 1: gather some paper and cardboard boxes to make gift bags
To make our gift bags, we will need a cardboard box, or anything in a similar shape, such as a thick book, wooden block, etc. Just make sure it’s big enough for your gift to fit inside.
Now it’s the perfect opportunity to re-use some gift wrapping paper, or any paper.
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Step 2: make gift bags using recycled gift wrapping paper or other paper
Take a piece long enough to wrap around the box, or join 2 pieces together with tape.
1 . fold the top edge for a clean finished look, and to provide more support for the handles.
2. & 3. Wrap the paper around the box, tape at the end, and press along the 4 sides so the edges are more defines.
4. & 5. Fold and wrap the bottom portion like how you would wrap a gift box, secure bottom of the bag with clear tape.
6. Slide the “gift bag” out of the box frame.
Step 3: add handles to DIY paper gift bags
See how fast this is? A couple of handles are all we need to finish this gift bag.
The handles can be made out of ribbons, paper, rope, or even scrap fabrics!
For the first bag, I played with twisting 2 pieces of tissue paper into a paper rope and gluing them onto the bag.
Striped paper drawstring handles! Who wouldn’t love that?
Here is another gift bag idea made with different paper and bag handles.
As you can see the box is a different shape.
The handles are made with ribbons. Just use a craft hole punch to punch a couple of holes on each side of the bag, and tie a knot on the outside and inside to hold the ribbon in place.
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Happy creating! xo