Making a Vintage Rose Gift Bag

Roses made from decorated egg carton cups are used to embellish a plain gift bag and make it unique and special. This is a page about making a vintage rose gift bag.


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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!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one gift bag


  • plain brown paper bag (150mm x 200mm) with rope handles
  • egg carton tray
  • 6.8 x 5.1" piece of green sugar paper
  • 3 10mm clear self-adhesive flat-sided rhinestones
  • 7 5mm wide clear rhinestones
  • watermelon acrylic paint
  • Artline golden calligraphy pen
  • Artline 210 fineliner black pen
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • standard scissors
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)


  1. Cut nine cups from the egg carton tray.
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  3. Take the first cup and cut four slits into the cup to make rose petals.
  4. Fold the cup flat and cut the petals into a round shape. Repeat with five more cups.
  5. From the last three cups, cut squiggle strips as indicated on the photo.
  6. Paint all the cups and squiggle strips unevenly on the one side and allow to dry before painting them on the other side too.
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  8. Use the golden pen to add some detail to the petals and squiggle strips.
  9. To make a rose, glue two cups on top of each other. Then, shape a squiggle strip around the pencil and glue it to the inside of the cups. Add a 10mm rhinestone to the center of the rose. Repeat, so that you will have three roses.
  10. Glue the sugar paper to the one side of the bag.
  11. Glue the three roses to the bag.
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  13. Use the black pen to add vines to the bag.
  14. Finish it off with the smaller rhinestones, pack your gift and voila!
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