Easy Papercraft: paper gift bags

My sour cream container post was a huge hit on the blog (as was cleaning my windows), so because it seems that’s what you like to see – and because I don’t want to clean anymore – I’ve got another paper craft for you today.
Easy-peasy.

You will need a piece of paper:  patterned, coloured, plain, one-sided, double sided and any size you want.

If you have a gift in mind that you want to put in the bag, then your paper should be at least double the width of the pressie.

I used a 12″ x 12″ (30cm x 30cm) sheet – which just happened to have a pattern on both sides.

Create your own gift bags from scrapbook paper

Fold the sheet with the pattern facing upwards to about 1/2″ (1cm) from the opposite edge.
Add a strip of double-sided tape (or really strong adhesive) to the exposed strip.

Fold the narrow strip back over and stick down.

Create your own gift bags from scrapbook paper

Take the bottom of the bag and fold it up – this will give you the base of the bag, so you can make it narrow or wide – whatever you like.

Open that fold up and line up the side seam with the centre of the bottom of the bag.
You can see in this image how the crease and centre line up.

Repeat on the other side.

Then, take the bottom triangle and line it up with the centre of the base of the bag.
Repeat on the other side.

It should look like the photo below.  Some may be wider, some narrower – it depended on how big you made the base of your bag.

Seal where the two triangles meet with tape (or washi tape to be decorative).

For my bag, the triangles were pretty narrow, so I adhered a small circle over top just to reinforce that seam.


If you had a wider triangle section, it will probably look more like this:

Puff out the base of your bag like this:


Now you need a length of ribbon or twine.
You can choose the length, but remember that it’s going to double over, so choose something adequate that will still leave room for grasping.

I stuck my ribbon to some double-sided tape (and just didn’t peel one side).
You could make it prettier by using washi tape, or cardstock and a strong adhesive.
This handle is more decorative than functional, but you don’t want it falling off at the lightest touch either.

Stick one strip on the inside of each opening and voila!

The high-heel bag was the 12×12″ paper.  The other bags were 6″ x 6″ (15cm x 15cm) and 6″ by 5″ (15cm by 12.5cm) – but you really can use any size.
Decorate the edges, add tags, have the kids draw a picture – whatever you like.

Why am I showing gift bags now?
Hallowe’en is over baby!
My season has begun!  lol

 





I love this one – mainly because it makes me sing. lol




Have a great one!

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2015-05-05T19:05:00+00:00November 5th, 2014|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, PARTY IDEAS|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tess S. February 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    This is SOOOOO easy! Thank you for the great tutorial!!! This makes it so much easier than other instructions I’ve seen. Appreciate it!

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca February 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad! I’ve seen it done with large sheets of wrapping paper to make bags to wrap things as large as basketballs. Really a neat idea!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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