Saturday, December 7, 2013

DIY Paper Gift Bags - tutorial


With Christmas being around the corner, I want to share a DIY Gift Paper Bag idea, something I have been using for more than a year now to make my own bags.
It's pretty inexpensive, contains the ecological element in itself (if you use recycled paper) and is as cute as a candy.

What you need:
1. Gift wrapping paper or if it is a small project you can print your own designs on A4 paper or use some free printables.
2.  Paper doilies
3. Clear glue
4. A puncher and scissors
5. Not shown (but necessary): thread, ribbons, decorations, cards 

 Measure how much of the paper you are going to need. Put your gift on the paper and fold the ends over it to see how big your bag is going to be. Cut it out and fold to see if all edges are equal.

Fold the edges (2 mm / 0.8") all around.

Apply the glue but only on one of the sides and bottom (marked). 

 Fold and press going over the edges with your finger so that it is well glued. 

Next, I love to add a simple but effective and attractive touch in a form of a paper doily.

 Fold the doily over the bag and punch holes through both the doily and the bag.

Remove the doily, place your gift inside. Put the doily on back again, tie it with a decorative ribbon, thread or whatever you have at hand. You can attach your card on it or some small decoration. And that's it.

I love this project because I can make the bags in any size I need at the moment, in as many designs I want and it can be done in a matter  of minutes!


homemade@myplace said...

they are lovely!!!!!!
thank you for sharing, xxxxx Ale

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Thank you for this, I love how you positioned the doily, with two punch holes, very clever . Great use for the ends of wrapping paper ?

Unknown said...

Wonderful gift bags, the doily makes such an elegant topper!
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Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very cute idea! :)