Make Your Own Gift Bags

I'm sure gift giving is on the minds of of lots of people about now, and I've got an easy and fun tutorial today on how you can make your own unique and inexpensive gift bags.
These cute gift bags come together quickly, and if you get started now, you'll have a good supply of them in plenty of time for gift giving in a few short weeks.

My favorite thing about these custom bags is that the material is a collection of discounted wrapping paper, things that would probably be thrown away otherwise, and leftover ribbons and embellishments from other crafting projects.
If you're a post-season clearance shopper, you've likely got a stash of seasonal wrapping paper, ribbons, and accent pieces that will be perfect for this project. And, everyone usually has plenty of cereal, cracker, and snack boxes in the pantry.
The only other supplies you'll need are scissors, tape, and a hole punch.
Simply wrap an empty box in wrapping paper, leaving extra paper at the top to fold into the inside,
then add ribbon to the top for handles, and finish with colorful tissue paper and embellishments, if you'd like.

Even though the Christmas season is approaching, these bags are so versatile that they can be adapted to most any gift-giving occasion. Use your imagination and create your own custom bags that you can be guaranteed will be unique and special.
They're also economical since the supplies are leftover crafting supplies and empty boxes otherwise headed to the garbage can. Thrifty, fun, and unique - what could be better?

Head over to the blog for the full tutorial.
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  • Kay p. Kay p. on Dec 17, 2016
    Any ideas,on how to keep pets(ie,dogs,cats,etc.) off of them,and from scratching them up?

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  • Mocha Mary Mocha Mary on Dec 03, 2020

    Nice! So easy and so wise. I'll use this idea. Merry Christmas.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 17, 2022

    This 'gift wrapping' idea would lend itself well to using paper with a specific image or theme if desired, even if the paper was not originally sold as gift wrapping paper; such as wallpaper, stationery, newspaper, magazine photos, maps. Here are some examples for further inspiration: