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DIY Custom Gift Bags from Wrapping Paper

How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
Photo: M.E. Russell

Don't you love the feeling when you wrap a present just right? All the corners fold in perfectly, the tape isn't wrinkled, and you successfully tie a bow without it being lopsided. It basically feels like a Christmas miracle. On the flip side, sometimes the gift you're trying to wrap is just too awkward or too weirdly shaped, and trying to wrap it turns into an existential crisis of tape and paper cuts. Sometimes it's best just to throw everything in a bag and call it a day. Here's how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, in three easy steps.

 

You don't need to go out and buy gift bags this wrapping season. You can quickly and easily make them yourself out of paper and other materials you already have in your home.

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Step by Step: How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Materials needed for this project
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Step 1: How to make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper
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First, cut a rectangular sheet of wrapping paper a little over twice as wide as you need your gift bag to be.

Next, fold the paper in thirds across the width, creasing the edges. Unfold.

Now match the edges in the middle, overlapping slightly. Crease the folds.

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Step 2: How to make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper
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Next, fold up along the first crease created when the bag was folded in thirds. This will create the final fold needed for the "accordion" sides of the gift bag. Unfold, and flip these flaps so they sit inside the bag rather than outside.

Using hot glue, adhere the seam of the bag where the edges overlap. Next, fold the bottom of the bag up to create a crease, then unfold.

Now fold the bottom of the bag as you would a paper airplane, bringing the bottom corners to the middle seam. Crease, and unfold.


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Step 3: How to make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper
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Using the diagonal creases created in the last step as a guide, fold the bottom of the bag like you would a present. Glue the bottom tabs in place.

Next, punch two holes on each side of top of the bag.

Feed ribbon through the holes. Use hot glue to affix the ribbon in place, or knot the ribbon inside the bag. Done!


Not only is it easy to make your own gift bags in a pinch, but it's also great if you're obsessed with having matching presents under your tree (which, side note, I totally am). 

Learn how to make your own gift bags at home. Perfect for present-wrapping emergencies!
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Make your own gift bags from wrapping paper, ribbon, and glue.
Photo: M.E. Russell
Gift-wrapping emergency? No problem! Learn how to make quick gift bags out of wrapping paper, ribbon, and a bit of glue.
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Now to finish all my shopping so I have something to stuff in these bags! Happy holidays, everyone!

 

 

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