Making your own gift bags is a great recycling and money saving project. This is a guide about homemade gift bags.
If you don't have the right size gift bag on hand, create your own by recycling a box. These are much sturdier than gift bags and can be used over and over again.
Don't throw away your cardboard food boxes. Turn them into gift bags in a few simple steps!
Celebrate the joy of gift giving with this project. Turn an ordinary brown paper bag into an extraordinary gift bag that is sure to make the recipient feel special. The roses are made from an egg carton tray, so this is also a budget-friendly winner!
Use aluminum foil and some shoe polish to create this mock pewter gift bag. Fill it with stocking fillers or candies, and you are ready to spread some Christmas cheer to friends and neighbors alike!
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Yield: one bag
Approximate Time: 20-30 minutes
Make folds and score with a bone folder.
To assemble bottom, fold short flaps, then the long flaps.
Apply tape or glue to secure the bottom.
Punch 2 holes to front and on the back top center of bag.
To make handles, thread the bag with a length of ribbon approximately 9 inches, then finish the ends with a knot.
Note: Wrap the gift in tissue paper before tucking it inside. Attach a gift tag.
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
Dress a wedding gift in formal wear with this tuxedo-style bag, or use it for a special gift for that special man in your life.
Approximate Time: About 20 minutes
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
This gift bag is made from a crispbread box, painted using a 99p test pot. For the handles I used twine/string. I filled it with homemade items; home grown and dried mint, and a lavender sachet. I used a letter stencil on some craft paper I had for a guide on the letters of the recipient's name, but magazine pages can be used and are very effective.
This little froggy gift bag is very easy to make, using a 12x12 inch piece of card stock and scoring a bit, two circles and a couple of eyes. The bag itself isn't very big but fun. I made it for my granddaughter's birthday!
By Jill from Albert Lea, MN
These bags make great inexpensive gift bags or you can use them for parties.
By Mara from Seattle, WA
This is a guide about recycled sweater gift bag. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag for a small gift.
I collect shopping bags from department stores and such and try to re-use them despite the printing on them. One way I can do that is by covering the printing/advertising with pictures cut out of magazines or calendars. You could also cover them with squares of wrapping paper. I have stapled them on the bags or glued over the printing.
On one, I put a bow on the printing on one side and a label on the other. It's funky but colorful and does help you recycle those various bags! I do love gift bags, as they make wrapping so easy. They cost $1 at the cheapest, except at a thrift store. They have almost as many lives as a cat. So you can reuse them until they are in tatters!
By Pam from Los Angeles, CA
Take a 9x12 sheet of felt and cut it in half longways with decorative scissors (you can use straight cut scissors, too). Then fold in half short ways. Sew 1/4 inch seam with machine or by hand or glue side openings only, to close. Leave the top open. Makes a nice little gift bag. Decorate as desired. Let your imagination go wild :)
I put zipper plastic bags inside with 1 cup of flavored coffee creamer or chocolate mix and tie with covered elastic (in the holiday ribbon section at WalMart). I placed a sticker on the zipper bag with name of ingredients and directions for use. I then placed a sticker on the outside of the felt bag with the name of what was inside. Makes a cute stocking stuffer or small gift. Also, it is another idea for craft shows for the holidays. I make my own "gourmet" mixes to put inside.
By Hvnlyhills from Peebles, OH
Create your own gift bags using ordinary brown lunch bags, fabric, and fusible web. I cut out the words "Ho ho ho" from plaid fabric and fused them on a bag. On another, I cut out an angel that was pre-printed on the fabric and fused it to a bag. I also cut out a reindeer head and bow tie and fused them onto a bag and then added details using craft paint, moveable eyes, and a pom pom for the nose. You can even use white lunch bags; I created an elf on the white one. The possibilities are endless.
By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC
If you ever come into possession of the shopping bags with twine handles, used by some of the more "upscale" stores, turn them into gift bags! For example, cut the front off of a Christmas card picturing Santa, a winter scene, etc. Glue the card front to the bag over the store name. Now use it as a Christmas gift bag! Gluing a generic picture, such as a flower, sunset, etc over the store name would make the gift bag suitable for birthdays and other occasions.
By Becki in Indiana
Keep the kids busy and have great, cheap gift bags. Get a pack of brown lunch bags at the dollar store and let the kids decorate them with markers, stencils, glitter-glue, whatever is on hand. Punch 2 holes in the top and thread a ribbon, yarn, or raffia thru and tie a bow. Custom gift wrap! As elaborate or simple as you like AND it keeps the kids very busy having fun!