Homemade Gift Bags Using Scrapbook Paper
I got this adorable idea from Christine at http://www.fromanigloo.blogspot.com. I loved it so much, I had to share. Christine has a great blog with wonderfully crafty ideas; pay her a visit when you can. Her blog is chock-full of inspiration!
Christine’s bags are 2” by 5”, but I made this one 2” x 9”. I thought it would be fun to play around with the size a bit (this is a great size for something long – like a necklace in one of those long skinny boxes). This bag is double-layered. The background layer is made with a piece of 12”x12” lightweight scrapbook paper. If you make a double-layer bag, make sure at least one layer is lightweight paper, otherwise it will be hard to work with. I found a great piece of lace cardstock that I had in my supply kit and used it as the overlay.
Below is the back of the bottom layer. Use your ruler and a pencil to measure and draw out the lines (I wrote the measurements in for your benefit only):
- One 1″ by 11.5″ space across the entire top edge to fold over.
- Two of the sides are 9″x2″ and the other two sides are 9″x3.75″.
- The bottom consists of two 2″x3.75″ tabs and two 2″x2″ tabs.
After you have finished penciling in your outline, use your scissors and cut 2 inch lines from the bottom up to the horizontal line so that you have 4 tabs. This will be the bottom of your gift bag. The ½” tab running down the side is what you will use to join the sides of the bag together. I used mounting squares to stick it together, but you can use a tape runner, Elmer’s glue, whatever you have on hand. Cut the paper out where you see the black. Fold the paper down about an inch to give the top edge a crisp look.
After the core of the bag is put together, putting the overlay on is easy because you don’t need to make tabs or a bottom. Just cut it so that it is 9” by 12” and using a tape runner, tape it to the existing bag. I let some of the scroll overhang the top of the bag for a nice effect. Add some holes with a hole punch and thread through some of your favorite ribbon. Don’t forget to fold in the sides to make it look authentic!
Voila! You’ve got yourself a cute little bag that will hold small gift items the next time you are attending a house party or a birthday party. It’s also great to use as a favor bag. Don’t forget the tissue paper! How many different bags can YOU make? I’d love to see them!
Thanks again Christine for sharing this delicious bit of fun!