Friday, 22 January 2016

Homemade Paper Gift bags.#BostikBloggers


I love making homemade cards and gifts as they really make the gift more personal. To add a more unique touch it's nice to present  the gift  that is beautifully wrapped. Making homemade paper or pretty gift bags are a wonderful way to make that gift all the more prettier.
I always find that I can never find the perfect sized gift bag when I want one, so I have started making my own gift bags. They are easy to make  using newspaper, brown paper, crafting paper or any scraps of wrapping paper.

To make these pretty gift bags you will need:








  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper of your choice (20cmx20cm) you can use any size depending on how big you want the bag.
  • Glue
  • Motifs- flowers, buttons,stickers
  • Glue Dots
  • Ribbon
NB- Try not to use card lightweight paper works best.
To make a small gift bags:

1. Place the paper right side facing down and draw a 1 cm margin .
2. Fold the paper on this line this will be the top of the gift bag.
3. Draw a vertical centre fold line. 




4. Fold  first the right side so that it overlaps the centrefold pencil line by 1 cm and then the 
 left side so it also overlaps the centrefold line by 1 cm.
5. Glue the left and right sides where they overlap over each other.



6. Turn the paper so that the top of the bag is furthest away from you and make a horizontal fold 4 cm  from the bottom edge. (This fold must not exceed the width of the bad)Make a crease to mark the fold.
7. Lift the folded part so it's standing up horizontal.
8. This is a little tricky, but open up the folded part and  fold the right and left sides of the paper so that they almost meet at the centre fold line as shown in picture. Form a crease so that the paper lays flat like a diamond shape.



9. Fold the bottom edge so that it slightly overlaps the horizontal center line and stick them down. Now fold the top edge so that it too overlaps the horizontal central line and stick it down.
10. Fold in the right and left side margins of the gift bag and crease firmly to form sides. Shape the gift bag on the creases.  




11. Fold over 4 cm on the top edge of the gift back to form a flap.Using a single hole punch or a sharp pencil made two holes approx 1 cm from top edge on either side of centre fold line for ribbon to be threaded. Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.




12. To make handles do not fold the top, mark two holes approx 1 cm from each outer edge and punch holes. Thread a ribbon and knot each side to make two handles.



13. Alternatively just add a glue dot to seal the flap once you have filled your gift bag. 







14. You can add motifs to decorate your bags as and how you like. Fill your bags with chocolates , sweets cookies to make the perfect mini gift, for any occasion such as valentines, birthdays, Easter, Mothersday, Christmas and even wedding favours.




I was sent a collection of papers, motifs, ribbons and glue by Craft Merrily to create anything I liked using some of the contents from the craft box.This post is part of the Monthly Bostik craft challenge.

Some great posts from other Bostik 2016 craft Bloggers:
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37 comments:

  1. This is so cute and I didn't even know that you could make your own gift bags from paper alone

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  2. These would have come in super handy at Christmas when I had some awkward shaped things to wrap! You have more patience than I do though x

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  3. What a great idea I have never thought about making my own bags before x

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  4. I can see me making my own gift bags from now on, These look so much better than the generic shop bought ones. Thank you for this post! xx

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  5. These are lovely Nayna, really good idea to make you own, I usually stick paper on to those posh shop carrier bag.

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  6. What a great idea! This would be such a fan thing to make with kids

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  7. so so clever! I never would have thought to make a bag. That's probably why I'm not a very good crafter!

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  8. I have genuinely always wondered how they make these bags and now I know! These look nicer than the ones I buy from the card shop so think I'll start buying pretty paper instead!

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  9. These look shop bought! Great tutorial.

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  10. Those are really pretty and gift bags can be so expensive. I must have a go.

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  11. These are lovely and so easy to make. I usually struggle to find the bags I want in pretty prints or something appropriate for a man. Thanks for the really good step by step. GG

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  12. I can never find the right size gift bag, so I am totally bookmarking this!

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  13. These are so cute! I've seen videos of people making these and really wanted to try! this tutorial looks great!!

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  14. These are super cute, I wish I had your talent for making things x

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  15. Oh I adore these and have pinned them. Perfect

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  16. Aw these gift bags are so cute!I love the top left and bottom left bags I can see myself using them the most.

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  17. Aw what a fab idea we are always running out of wrapping paper and I think these are much better

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  18. These are so great - how lovely to make them yourself. You have made it look really easy - thank you. Kaz x

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  19. I have a whole stash of scrapbooking papers I could use for this. My daughter would love to make some for her friends.

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  20. this is so cute and creative! Love it! Next time I need a gift bag, I will do it myself.

    Dominika

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  21. These are brilliant, I am definitely going to bookmark this as I can never find the right size bags, and always end up wrapping gifts last minute!

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  22. What a lovely idea! We have so much coloured paper we should do something like this. Super!

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  23. wow these look really good!

    Ashleigh

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  24. This is so creative and clever. I am not good at such things at all.

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  25. These are brilliant and they seem really simple to make. I will have to make some instead of relying on shop bought ones.

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  26. Very crafty , it comes handy when you don't have anything and rush to the store.

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  27. Such a great idea making home made gift bags! So creative.

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  28. What a fabulous idea! I absolutely love the idea of trying these out, I have some important dates coming up soon and they would be ideal! Thank you x

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  29. What a great idea, so simple to make and would save such a lot of money on buying individual gift bags.

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  30. These are really pretty. You do have a lot of patience though!

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  31. So easy when you know how! Love these, and the paper you chose.

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  32. such a lovely idea and they look so simple to make too

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  33. These are so cute who knew things like these would be so easy to make yourself - thank you for sharing :)

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  34. So pretty and your tutorial is excellent!

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  35. They are gorgeous, what a lovely craft.

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  36. These look great, I will be trying this out to accompany homemade Birthday gifts :)

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