Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reusable paper gift bag

instead of wrapping your gifts in the expensive designer papers which eventually ends up in waste bins i think its a better option to put in a little effort and turn the paper into a beautiful gift bags which the receiver of your gift might like to use again .

here's the short list of supplies u will need
  • designer paper
  • a book
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • ribbon or cord of coordinating color

First of all select a book that you think is of the right size to contain your gift,put it on the designer paper and cut a rectangle that would be just enough to wrap the book

now fold one side about 2 inches deep length wise , place the book over the wrong side of the paper and start wrapping

apply the glue stick to one edge and paste it covering the book

here's how you will cover the bottom

after pasting both the edges length wise turn the corners towards inside and paste them.

this is how the finished bottom should look like

care fully slide the book out

the basic structure of your gift bag is ready ,

to make the bag strong enough to carry the weight of the gift cut out two small strips from an old X-ray film or transparency i consider this step very important as the whole weight of the gift will shift towards the ribbon or cord handles and your paper bag will rip off from the punch holes in no time ! and you definitely don't want that to happen .If you are using X-ray strips your bag is able to carry fair amount of weight in it ,but please dont forget its a" paper bag" after all :)

apply glue stick on both the sides of X-ray film strips and slide them in between the fold that we have created at the brim of the bag like this

apply pressure with your hands to settle the strip in its place ,do the same with the other side too and make holes with punching machine , make sure the wholes are punched in the X-ray strip's area.

now slide in the ribbons from the holes tie a thick knots on all the 4 ends, if you are still not satisfied then care fully staple the ribbons with the bag just over the knots that way the knots will not slip out of the holes, if you are using cords then you dont need to staple .

In case you want to make a lot of these bags and want to store them in a convenient way with out using much space then fold the bags in this way

bring the two edges of one side of the bag together like this creating a center crease

continue to fold

when you reach the bottom you will automatically have a triangle press along the arrows and fold the bottom on one side like this

This way you fold the bag flat without damaging its shape .

That's it you made your self a beautiful gift bag in 15 minutes

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  1. That's pretty cool! I honestly haven't thought about making my own gift bags, but now I want to try it!

    Stopping by from sits :)

  2. Love it!! I might just have to make me a few of those bags. Thanks for the post.

    Stopping by from SITS!

  3. what a neat idea thanks for sharing

  4. Very Nice. Easy and useful
    Dr Sonia S V
    do drop in to my blog when you have time

  5. Good idea! Bookmarking this. Have a great weekend

  6. Great tutorial - much easier than the ones I see on You Tube. Thanks for sharing.

    xxx Monica


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