Make DIY Gift Bags – From any Paper



How to make gift bags from any paper!

They say it’s all about the presentation.

After all, isn’t half the fun the anticipation of what awaits?


Cast aside that typical gift wrap and give pizazz to your gifts.

Make Paper Bag Gift Bag Tutorial - from any paper!  No special template needed

How to Make Gift Bags from Any Paper

* Get a box from the pantry (I used a rice box)
* Wrap the paper around the box like you’re wrapping a gift
* Use glue stick to stick edges of paper together and a piece of tape to secure bottom of bag
* Cut a piece of cardboard a bit smaller than bottom of bag and put inside bag
* Pinch the sides of the bag to form a crease and fold the bottom flat
* Trim the top of the bag with scissors (I used decorative deckle edge scissors)
* Close bag and punch 2 sets of holes in top of bag
* Cut 2 pieces of string, twine or ribbon and knot one piece on each side of bag (total of four knots)
* Put present inside and listen to the oohs and ahhhs over your amazingly wrapped gift!

1) Don’t wrap too tightly around the box, or it will be difficult to remove the box!
2) If paper is too small, simply glue stick two pieces of paper together before wrapping

How to make your own gift bags

Here’s to anticipation and presentation.

DIY Gift Bags from any paper

And it is definitely better to give than to receive.

But I wouldn’t complain if someone gave me something wrapped up in one of these …

just saying!


Love this idea – you’ll want to check out my Paper Bag Gift Bags – they are so fun!

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  1. Great idea!

  2. Oh Kelly…you are the clever one….you just gave me another idea too….love those bags!!

  3. great idea! wouldn’t have thought to use the box to get the shape. love this:)

  4. I love how you’ve simplified this craft Kelly with the addition of a box used to create the bag form. I’ve previously tried making gift bags using a folding template and also tried creating a math formula to make my own sizes {oh so not the way to go} and decided bag making just wasn’t worth it. But your simplified approach seems to be “can’t fail” … I’ll be trying this again :) Thanks!

  5. These are super cute, Kelly! I wouldn’t mind getting a gift in these either!
    xo heidi

  6. Exactly….I agree with Robin….the box is the key :) Totally pinning this!

    :) me

  7. This is seriously smart! Seriously. Pinning and tweeting away…

  8. Fabulous idea – love the map one!!!

  9. Super cute idea! And very “green” too. And using the box as a form is just brilliant!

  10. This is great! i love the fun papers you used!

  11. This is soooo cool!

  12. These bags are a great idea! I’m always in a pinch for gift wrap. I love your new blog design Kelly!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! Love it!

  14. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Love them and love simple and quick projects too!

  15. You know, it takes a lot for a craft to make me wanna pin it. I’m pinning this. How useful and clever, and so totally something even I can craft.


  16. Excellent idea! Definitely doing this for the holidays. Thanks!

  17. This is such a great idea! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try!

  18. I too, thought that a template was needed. My thoughts on this are that this is even cheaper than dollar store bags: I might use some cardboard strips (recycled of course) to reinforce the top, possibly make my own handles from paper, and finally, what a great way to use up scraps of old gift wrap. Love the idea.

  19. Holy Crap! this is genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart is beating fast with all the possibilities. I will definitely be doing this one. OhMyGod this is so cool! Can you tell how hard I am typing???? I’m getting hoarse!

  20. It is easy to make these little gift bags out of newspaper. Moreover, it is a great way to recycle! Pick a good section of your paper.

  21. Oooh, your bags look great – very clever of you!

  22. Fabulous idea and tutorial Kelly!!

  23. Great idea! So cute too. Thanks for linking up with HSH!

  24. Just gorgeous! I have a thing for maps. My only problem seems to be sourcing them!

  25. Love ’em Kelly!!
    I’ll be pinning these :)
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  26. Such a great idea to use a box!

  27. Just wondering… do you take some magic creative vitamins or something?!?…
    Love this idea… you know I am heading off to look for boxes and paper to practice on!! 😉 After I pin that is!!

  28. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m excited to give it a try :)

  29. You’re so clever! Thanks for sharing … I’d never have thought of using a box for a template.

  30. Charlotte Van Straten says:

    thanks for the instructions on making festive gift bags

  31. You could even cut the box off a little shorter and use it to strengthen the bag if you have something heavier to put in it.


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