Making your own gift bags is a great recycling and money saving project. This is a guide about homemade gift bags.
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!
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!
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!
Total 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
From WiseGeek.com: A bone folder is a tool often used in paper crafts such as Japanese origami (artistic paperfolding), scrapbooking, and card-making. A classic bone folder is carved from real animal bones, often deer or elk. Bone is an ideal material for paper crafts because it is sturdy, smooth and grainless. Many bone folders are carved with ornate handles or other decorative features, but a basic bone folder is typically shaped like a wooden tongue depressor or a large popsicle stick. It may have rounded ends or a pointed end for working in corners.
Anita - Montclair, NJ
You should have step by step pictures. I know I'll never attempt this with these instructions.
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.
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
You could also use the pictures on Christmas, birthday and get well cards to cover up the advertising.
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.
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
I would love to see a picture of these, they sound great.
Great idea, Hvnlyhills!!! Thanx for the idea :)
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!
This is a guide about recycled sweater gift bag. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag for a small gift.
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.
These bags make great inexpensive gift bags or you can use them for parties.
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.
For a frugal and fast gift bag, use a brown paper lunch sack. Take a bag and fold it down about 1 - 2 inches from the top. Take a hole punch and put 2 holes in the center of the flap you just made...
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.
Give the kids a stack of brown paper lunch bags to decorate. Use them for small gifts. Add a ribbon tie, a raffia bow or staple shut and add a stick-on bow and you're good to go! By Linda