April 25, 2014

DIY Gift Bag

Hi everyone! It’s Jenn from Endlessly Inspired. I have a fun, quick little DIY for you today!

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

I love using gift bags. Aside from Christmas, I couldn’t even tell you the last time I actually wrapped a present. Because let’s face it, unless it’s a perfectly square item, wrapping a present is a giant pain in the neck. Especially kids’ toys, with all their crazy boxes. It gives me a migraine just thinking about it.

But gift bags can pose some problems of their own. First, I never have the right sized gift bag when I need it. Second, I am always finding super cute wrapping paper, and I buy it, thinking I’m going to actually wrap a present, and then… nope. It just sits there. Third, sometimes gift bags are just plain ugly. And if they’re not, then they’re usually just plain expensive.

So today I’m going to show you how to make your own gift bags, out of whatever paper you want.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

I’m going to use this ridiculously cute paper from HomeGoods. Seriously, could you just die? How was I supposed to leave this at the store when it was only $2.99?? I mean, really.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

To start, you’ll need to cut a rectangle out of your paper. The bigger the rectangle, the bigger your bag is going to be, obviously.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

Start by folding both edges into the middle and overlapping them about one inch. Tape this seam. I used washi tape, but you could also use regular Scotch tape or clear packing tape.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

Next, fold up the bottom edge. The size of this fold will determine the size of the bottom of your bag.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

Push in on the edges of the fold to make a triangle.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

Fold the points of the triangle in to the center and tape.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

I suggest using packing tape on this step to really make sure it holds.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

I reinforced the top with washi tape just to make it a little stronger.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

You can just fold over the top and secure it with washi tape if you want, but I wanted mine to have handles. I cut two equal lengths of giant ric rac and secured them inside the top of the bag with packing tape.

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

And that’s it! There’s your cute little gift bag!

Step-by-step instructions {with photos!} on how to create your own gift bag out of wrapping paper -- or whatever paper you want!

You could use practically any kind of paper for these. I usually use wrapping paper, but scrapbook paper also works really well, and newspaper, book pages and magazines would also be cute!

Thanks again to Julie for letting me be the DIY contributor for White Lights on Wednesday. I love having the opportunity to share some fun DIY ideas each month! For more from me, visit my blog, Endlessly Inspired, and follow me on PinterestFacebookTwitter and Instagram!

You tell me: Do you usually wrap gifts or use gift bags?

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  1. says

    Hi Julie,
    I am stopping by from the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link party. Thank you so much for sharing your DIY Gift Bag. I am obsessed with it, it’s such a great idea! Way cheaper and less money then buying a gift bag, tissue paper etc. I hope you join us this week on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM EST – Doree

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