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Homemade Gift Bags

Making your own gift bags is a great recycling and money saving project. This is a guide about homemade gift bags.


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February 21, 2011

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.

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October 2, 2015

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!

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December 16, 2015

Don't throw away your cardboard food boxes. Turn them into gift bags in a few simple steps!

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December 4, 2013

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


  • green gourmet paper bag
  • 4 x 4.6 in cardstock
  • 2.3 x 3 in green corrugated cardstock
  • 2.2 x 2.6 in ordinary white printer paper
  • aluminum foil
  • red fabric bow with white polka dots
  • self-adhesive Christmas sticker of a Christmas tree
  • red glitter
  • thin white twine
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • Kiwi Instant Wax Shine for shoes (black)
  • quick-drying craft glue
  • stocking filler or candies


  1. Take the piece of 4" x 4.6" brown cardstock and cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.5" from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame."
  2. Glue pieces of twine onto the frame.
  3. Glue aluminum foil over the frame and cut out the inside. Also cut off any protruding edges on the outside. The foil will have texture when it is glued over the twine. Note: The glue must be added to the dull side of the foil.
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  5. Use the shoe polish to add some detail to the foil frame and allow to dry thoroughly.
  6. Glue the frame to the front of the gift bag.
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  8. Centre and glue the green corrugated cardstock in the middle of the frame.
  9. Apply the Christmas tree sticker onto the piece of white ordinary printer paper.
  10. Centre and glue the piece of printer paper on top of the corrugated cardstock.
  11. Make a frame around the piece of printer paper with glue.
  12. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle a liberal amount of glitter over the glue.
  13. Shake off any excess glitter.
  14. Glue the bow in place below the piece of printer paper.
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December 14, 2009

Cut out template and trace onto decorative paper. Make folds and score with a bone folder. To assemble bottom, fold short flaps, then the long flaps.

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February 10, 2010

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.

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January 4, 2012

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.

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May 7, 2013

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.

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December 5, 20051 found this helpful

Take a 9x12 sheet of felt and cut it in half longways with decorative scissors. Then fold in half short ways. Sew 1/4 inch seam with machine or by hand or glue side openings only, to close.

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November 21, 2007

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.

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July 11, 2008

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!

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May 30, 2007

These bags make great inexpensive gift bags or you can use them for parties.

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December 12, 20051 found this helpful

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...

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January 14, 20051 found this helpful

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.

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December 15, 20040 found this helpful

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.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about 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.

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December 17, 20150 found this helpful

This is a guide about recycled sweater gift bag. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag for a small gift.

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November 30, 20040 found this helpful

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

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