The Gifted Blog

March 14, 2011

Make Your Own Gift Bag | Tutorial

While most of my gift wrapping ideas don't involve gift bags, that doesn't mean I'm against them. They're fast, convenient, and a life-saver when you have a funny-shaped gift to wrap. But what about when you don't have a gift bag handy, or need one in a non-standard size?

Make your own! This tutorial will show you how to make your own gift bag using just paper and tape. I had to wrap these luscious hot-chocolates-on-a-stick for Valentine's Day. A homemade gift bag seemed like the best way to conceal them without making a lumpy package.

First, find a box with the dimensions you'd like your gift bag base to be. You can also substitute a book.

With the box toward the base of your gift wrap, fold the long ends over and tape. You'll need to pull the box out at the end, so don't tape too tightly!

Fold the edges of the paper in in standard gift-wrapping fashion. Tape. Run forefinger and thumb against the sides of the box to form the edges of your gift bag.

Slide the box out.

And slip your gifts in!

On the top half of your bag, crease the sides flat and fold the top flap over.

Secure with tape and a decorative shape if you'd like.

Done! Many thanks to Paper Tiger Shanghai for supplying me with the beautiful wrapping paper. I hope this is something you can try at home. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Linked up at Craft Schooling Sunday.


  1. What a great idea! Love the simplicity of this. Not to mention that you can use any paper including wax paper to make custom lunch bags!

  2. @annekata - I say this pretty much every other time I respond to your comments, but I'd love to see your take on this gift wrapping idea! Your vintage wallpaper is probably too brittle for this one, but I'm sure you'd come up with a fun variation of your own.

    @Jessica - Thanks, lady! I've been enjoying keeping up w/ you on your blog. Checked out the almond cake recipe but got a little daunted by the cost of almond paste...maybe I can ask you about that sometime.

  3. Great tutorial and so handy. I will admit I default to bags a lot!

  4. @Kelly - No shame, girl, no shame!

  5. For keeping a great blog I'm giving you the Stylish Blogger Award!

  6. Love this idea. I often make my own gift wrapping using my own papers.

  7. Very love the idea. You are really such a creative person.

    This is really a good ay of presenting a gifts to people. Simple and nice

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