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June 8, 2011

Shopping Bags as Gift Bags? | Reader Question

"I have many boxes or bags from retail stores that I save for potential gift wrapping, but many of them have huge and tacky retail logos. Do you have any good examples of how to cover them up? Thanks!"   --Sam

I'm sure so many people can relate, Sam! I know I have a small stash of paper bags that are too nice to toss but not exactly ready to give a gift in. Readers, how would you cover the logo on a shopping bag? Sam and I are all ears for your creative gift wrapping ideas!

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9 comments:

  1. oh that's a good one, and so true... I have a ton of bags that I've kept and haven't used so I'll have to put my thinking cap on for this one!

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  2. How about carefully separating the bag along its seams, turning it inside out, and regluing the seams (using tape or extra paper to help create a join inside if necessary), so that the logo is no longer outside? I've done that with tea boxes before when I've used them to package gifts.

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  3. @Michele - Look forward to any bright ideas you might have!

    @silverkeys - Love your contributions to the Reader Questions recently. I've never turned a paper bag inside out...you idea to do that with tea boxes is a good one, too!

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  4. Using decorative paper, you could create a "pocket" to hide the logo and insert the greeting card there.

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  5. @misskoolaid - Cool! It's never occurred to me to put a pocket on the outside of a gift bag. Cute and practical (especially if there's a chance your card will get lost in the gift-opening fray). I took a look at your blog - I bet this would look great with some of your painted papers!

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  6. Hello Sandwich always has neat ideas and this was one that I think might help. You basically frankenstein the bags together. Cut two bags apart (some bags have logos in different spots) and tape them together with glue or deco tape. here is the post (the one Im referring to is the LAST image) http://hellosandwich.blogspot.com/search/label/Wrapping

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  7. @Jeanet - Ah, thank you! For those of you who want to check this out, look for the last image here. Hello Sandwich to the rescue!

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  8. @All - Everyone, I just spotted this on the Paper Source blog and I think it could be used on bags, too!

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  9. Those are so pretty, way prettier than the regular ones you see at stores that cost just as much. I am definitely going to go check out this website!

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