This morning I needed to wrap a few gifts for Miss Georgia's 3rd birthday. I bought her a light pink hair bow with a G monogrammed in chocolate brown on one of the ribbon tails - I wanted to clip it onto one of the packages as the bow for that gift. So of course I *HAD* to have pink and brown paper. I was sure I had a light pink gift bag...apparently not. I did have pink and brown paper though! Off to Pinterest...where I found THIS tutorial on making your own gift bags. I used it as my jumping off point.
This is the pink and brown paper I had on hand - I picked up a few rolls at Dollar Tree quite some time ago because I loved it the minute I saw it. Plus it's craft paper so it's heavy duty (and word to the wise, it requires GOOD tape).
From there I just sort of guessed as to how much to cut off. Of course this morning I was rushing to do it last minute and didn't think to take photos. So...because I want to SHOW you how I altered the above directions, i'm making another bag...only it's going to be a small one. It all works the same.
- Paper - wrapping paper, newspaper, butcher paper....whatever, as long as it's large enough for the bag you want to make
- Tape (type will depend on the paper you're using, but I used a combo of packing tape, colored duct tape and double sided sticky tape)
- Hole punch
- Ribbon (string, tulle, rope, twine, yarn, left over fabric strips, shoe laces...)
- Paperboard (cereal box, cracker box, frozen meal box, that one random top/bottom of a box in your Christmas wrapping supplies)
- Bone folder (or if you're like me and didn't have it handy, just use a Sharpie on it's side)
Step 1 - Cut the piece of paper to the size you want - I would suggest adding at least two inches for folding. Try to keep it straight.
Step 2 - Fold over the edge that will be your top - about an inch. Now fold it over again. Make your creases nice and sharp with that bone folder.
Step 3 - Now unfold it.
Step 4 - Cut two strips from your paperboard box - they should be a smidge smaller than the height of your fold. The length will need to be an inch or so longer than however far apart the handles will be - this will vary depending on the size of the bag you're making.
Step 5 - Put the strips on your fold and fold them in (feel free to secure with tape, glue, glue dots, etc.) - then tape the edge. If you have plenty of time, you can certainly use regular or hot glue or something like scrapbook adhesive.
Step 6 - Bring your sides together, overlap and tape on the inside. I like my edges sharp and neat, so I folded the edge that would be on the outside...creased with the bone folder.
Step 7 - Make the bottom of the bag! This is a lot like the process of gift wrapping the ends of a box. Fold 2-3" of paper up. Pull the bottom piece down and then fold the ends in to make triangles. Now overlap the top and bottom and tape it up. You now have a bag that will stand up by itself.
Step 8 - Punch 2 holes in each of the long sides at the top for your bag handles.
Step 9 - Cut bag handles to length, thread thru the holes and either tie together or knot the ends.
Voila! Gift bags that match your wrapping paper.
Come back for round two - because I just made this whole process a WHOLE LOT easier in my head.