Homemade Gift Bags

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

Recycled Box Gift Bags

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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!

completed bag

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

Upcycled Food Box Gift Bag

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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!

Finished bag.

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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.

Make Your Own Gift Bags

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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.

Finished gift bag.

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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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This gift bag is made from a crispbread box, painted using a 99p test pot. For the handles I used twine/string.

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I filled it with homemade items; home grown and dried mint, and a lavender sachet.

Purple gift bag.

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December 5, 2005

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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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.

Lunch sack gift bags.

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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!

Frog gift bag.

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Mara Rivet
May 30, 2007

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

Dinosaur stenciled brown paper bags.

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December 12, 2005

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.

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Take a hole punch and put 2 holes in the center of the flap you just made...

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January 14, 2005

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, 2004

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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November 30, 2004

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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August 23, 2019

Start with a kraft paper grocery bag and some colorful cupcake papers and you too can fashion this gift bag. This page contains photos and instructions to assist you in making a happy birthday gift bag.

Happy Birthday Gift Bag - ready to add tissue paper

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August 29, 2017

This page explains an easy way to scent your gift bags intended for friends and family who enjoy fragrances. This is a page about how to make scented gift bags.

Gift Bags

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December 19, 2016

A fun way to easily decorate a dad's gift bag. This is a page about making Dather's Day neck tie gift bags.

Father's Day gift bags shaped like a shirt and tie.

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December 13, 2016

This is a page 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.

Vintage Rose Gift Bag

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December 17, 2015

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

Recycled Sweater Gift Bag

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