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Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

I want to share with you my favorite gift wrapping hack, how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper.  So you might be thinking, isn’t it easier to just buy a gift bag?  Well… maybe… but we’ve all had those moments where we run out of gift bags, or they’re the wrong size, or you just want to save money.   Maybe you just want all your presents to match and coordinate – Virgo here!!

Seriously, this trick is life changing and couldn’t be easier.  Once you make your first bag you’ll be whipping these out at warp speed.  It’s also lots of fun to customize each bag, and you can even add a handle if desired.  Below I’ll show you how easy it is to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, and be sure to read my helpful tips.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

SUPPLIES

  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler – optional
  • Ribbon for decorating – optional
  • Tulle ribbon to create a handle – optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure wrapping paper to the size of the object, as if you were wrapping the present without a box, leaving extra room at the top and cut.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold one side in and crease, repeat on the other side, then tape the back shut.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold the bottom edge straight up and crease, this will determine the width of the bag.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Unfold the bottom and then fold the side edges inward to resemble a triangle, crease both sides.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold each end up like you’re wrapping the end of a boxed present and secure well with tape, then gently open the bag up.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Place the gift in the bag then fold the top of the bag down.  Seal the top of the bag with tape or staples.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

If you’re not adding a handle simply add a bow and you’re all done.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

To add a handle after the bag is sealed use a hole punch to thread tulle through.  I used a punch that was slightly larger than normal to make this step easier.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Determine the length you want the handles to be and tie a knot.  Adjust the handles so the knot goes to one side and tie in a bow.  You can experiment with different ribbons for a handle, I like tulle because it’s lightweight and fluffy.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

TIPS

  • Thick sturdy wrapping paper is best, thin wrapping paper from a dollar store may not work as well.
  • You can cut a cardboard base for the inside if you want your bag to have more structure.
  • Pay close attention when using wrapping paper where the pattern goes one direction, as in the picture above, you’ll want the pattern facing up.
  • Only add a handle to lightweight presents or the bag will tear.
  • If you have lots of gifts that are similar in size, make several bags at once, keeping them flat for easy storage.  When your ready to wrap a gift simply open up the bag and seal it.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

I hope this gift wrapping hack helps you!  I’m officially signing off to enjoy this week of Christmas with my family.  Wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!