How to Make DIY Gift Bags

  • 01 of 09

    DIY Gift Bags are Suitable for All Occasions

    Stephanie Jager / Stocksy United

    Whenever you celebrate a friends birthday, wedding anniversary or another special day, you will most certainly be giving your loved one a gift. We crafty types like to put our artistic stamp on everything, so why not create a gift bag that is as individual and unique as the gift itself. Not only will your packaging be beautiful but you will save money as well. If you follow these instructions, you can make custom gift bags at a fraction of the cost of the one you would find in a store.

    The great...MORE thing about these bags is that you can make them in any size you need, which can be very helpful for large or uniquely shaped presents that might be difficult to wrap.

    It is recommended using a heavier wrapping paper when making these bags--- lighter papers are a little harder to work with for this project. Gift bags made from thinner paper may not be sturdy enough to hold very much weight without tearing.

    If you’re  interested in making a gift box, be sure to read this post.  If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can make your bags from printables or  DIY wrapping paper—talk about customization! You will be able to use these gift bags for any occasion, whether it’s for birthdays,  Christmas, New Year’s, or something else (National Chocolate Covered Anything Day is on December 16!)

    All in all, this project should take you fourteen steps and about 10 minutes from start to finish. The results are worth the time and effort.This project takes less time than a run to the store if you’re in a pinch!

    If gift boxes are more your style, make sure to read this article featuring an easy no glue origami project.You only need two sheets of paper to make an incredible gift box.

    Supplies Needed:

    • Wrapping Paper
    • Glue Runner
    • Tacky Glue
    • Cardboard
    • Ribbon
    • Hole Puncher
    • Ruler
    • Cloth Measuring Tape
    • Paper box the size of the desired gift bag
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  • 02 of 09

    Measure and Cut Your Paper

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan
    1. Using the cloth measuring tape, measure the circumference of the box and add 1/2 inch.This will be the width of the wrapping paper square.
    2. Measure the height of the box, add an inch plus 3/4 of the depth of the box. This will be the height of the wrapping paper square.
    3. Cut out a square of wrapping paper that match these measurements.
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  • 03 of 09

    Fold the Top of Your Paper

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    4. Fold the wrapping paper 1 inch towards the inside top of the wrapping paper square. This edge will be the top of the gift bag.

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  • 04 of 09

    Wrap Your Box Base with the Paper

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    5. Line the paper box with the bottom of the wrapping paper edge.

    6. Pull the wrapping paper on the right side of the box until there is a  one-inch margin of paper on the top right side.

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  • 05 of 09

    Glue the Edge of the Gift Bag

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    7. Pull the left-hand side of the paper over the box and using a glue runner, tape, tacky glue or glue the left edge to the top of the right edge of the paper. You will now have a cylinder paper shape around the box.

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  • 06 of 09

    Form the Bottom of the Bag

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    8. Push the box forward a couple of inches.

    9. The next steps are the same for covering a box. Pull the top paper down over the box, and fold creases on the left and right-hand side.

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  • 07 of 09

    Crease the Bottom Towards the Center

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    10. Fold the left and right creases toward the center.

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  • 08 of 09

    Secure the Bottom of the Bag With Tape

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    11. Fold the bottom crease upwards, and apply tape to secure. This side will be the bottom of the gift bag.

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  • 09 of 09

    Finish the Top of the Gift Bag

    DIY Gift Bag Tutorial
    Rita Shehan

    12. Stand the bag upright and fold the sides of the bag together and release. If you are planning to put heavier items in the bag, you need to line the top portion and bottom of the bag with cardboard.

    13. Cut a square of cardboard the same size of the bottom of the bag and place inside for extra stability. Cut a piece of cardboard the width of the top of the bag plus one inch high. Glue it under the top wrapping paper margin.

    14. Punch two holes on the top of each side of the bag with a hole...MORE punch, and insert a ribbon for handles. Tie each end of the ribbon handle into a thick knot.

    Now that you have learned to make a gift bag, it is time to get creative. You can construct a gift bag from any type paper. You can use wrapping paper, speciality papers or even newspaper in a pinch. Your gift bags can be beautiful "one of a kind" presentations, that let the recipient know you think they are special. Who wouldn't love that!