How to Make a Beautiful Paper Gift Bag

How to Make a Beautiful Paper Gift Bag

Pack your gift with this beautiful paper gift bag. It’s an easy step-by-step tutorial (attached with easy to follow illustrations) to guide you on how to make a beautiful paper gift bag. Make a lot of these awesome bags to match for your birthday party, or use them to pack your Christmas gifts, or gifts for mother’s day, or valentine day. They just fit well with any occasions you’re celebrating!

Pack your gift with this beautiful paper gift bag. You can make your paper gift bag with almost any size or any color you like best. To make a smaller paper gift bag, use one layer of paper but use a double layer to make a larger bag. You could decorate your paper before you begin folding. Always make a stencil to decorate the paper if you plan to make a lot of bags so as to match the party favors. Use pretty ribbons, stylist strings or any type of strings to make the bag handles. You can also use gold or silver paper, or you may want to look around for paper decorated on both sides to beautify your bag.

Note: All photos by author.

Things you need

Step 1

Prepare three pieces of papers. You can make a paper gift bag with almost any size. In this project, I reused papers from an old magazine book.

Step 2

Align the three papers, so that their edges match well. Use a ruler to measure about 1.5cm (adjusting to the size of the paper accordingly) and then use a pencil to draw one straight line. Begin by folding the paper according to the line you has just drawn.

Run your thumbnail along the fold to mark it well. Now, tape it with cellophane tape.

Step 3

Turn the paper over and place it like this manner.

Fold the paper in half.

Step 4

Unfold the paper. From the center crease you just created, measure about 4 cm (adjusting according to the size of the paper) down the line and run your thumbnail along the line to mark it well.

Step 5

Measure about 1.5 cm (adjusting according to the size of the paper) using the ruler, and draw the line as shown. Mark the two lines along the paper.

Fold along the line. Your paper should now appear in this manner.

Draw another 1.5-cm-line (adjusting according to the size of the paper) just beneath the line you folded along (in the second photo) and fold it accordingly.

Step 6

From step 5, turn the paper over and put a hole punch on top of it to firm its position.

From the center crease you created in step 4, repeat step 5 for the other side.

Step 7

Open up the paper and your paper should now look like this.

Fold about 1cm (adjusting according to the size of the paper) over the lower end of the paper. Next, tape it with cellophane tape.

Step 8

Flatten the triangular shape. Run your thumbnail along the edges to make a good fold. Next, tape the side opening with cellophane tape.

You should now have a typical bag shape.

Step 9

Place the paper this way where the opening facing towards you.

Lift the lower part upwards (about 2 cm, adjusting according to the size of paper) to form the base of the bag.

Turn the paper backward and lift the lower part upward as shown in the second photo. Run your thumbnail along the fold to mark it well.

Step 10

Now, overturn your paper and make it stand by placing two heavy objects to hold its position firmly in the middle.

Fold the upper part downward and the lower part upward as though you’re wrapping a present.

Step 11

Use a hole punch to make holes to thread a string/ a ribbon through at the other opening.

Step 12

Prepare two strings (any color you like) and burn both ending parts of each string respectively with a lighter slightly.  

Step 13

Make a knot on each string respectively.

Step 14

Inside the bag, thread a string through and make a handle.

Do the same for the other string (the red one) too.

Step 15

For a decoration purpose, use one small and one big square colored papers to make paper hearts (Kindly refer to my article entitled How to make a paper heart ) and later, attached them with strong glue on the front side of the paper gift bag.

Turn the paper gift bag backward. Make one gold paper snowflake (kindly refer to my article entitled How to make a paper snowflake) and the other paper heart prior to pasting them onto the paper gift bag.

Congratulation! You’ve just created one beautiful paper gift bag.

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chitragopi, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Good eco friendly bags. Clear instructions and photos. thanks

Lex92, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

I’ve never made a paper bag :) This looks like fun thanks!

Judy Sheldon, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Wow! I can’t wait to try this with the grands. We can make bags ahead of time with Christmas right around the corner.

Thanks and God bless!

Debra., posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

I love arts and crafts and I am certainly going to try this one! Thanks, Chan!

deep blue, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Well told art subject. Thanks for sharing my friend.

Joe Dorish, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

That’s really cool Chan and will save me money buying gift bags. Liked it!

Goodselfme, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Thank you for sharing such a lovely and useful idea. So well detailed for ease to construct. Liked it a lot!

Papa Sparks, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

A very useful and practical idea and eco-friendly, too!

CA Johnson, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

This is great Chan! I have to try this with the Christmas presents I buy this year. The instructions seem pretty easy to follow.

Sharif Ishnin, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Another great project. Thanks or sharing this.;)

valli, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Thanks Chan for sharing. I’ll try.

Vikram Chhabra, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Very good info. I should try it out!

Eunice Tan, posted this comment on Oct 18th, 2009

Great tip here. Thanks so much

monica55, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2009

Great! I enjoyed the wonderful lesson. Thanks for the tips.
Monica.

Christine Ramsay, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2009

Another great idea from you Chan. This should be fun to try. Well done.

Christine

giftarist, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2009

Well presented and great practical stuff.. Thanks for sharing this.. great work! :)

Mr Ghaz, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2009

Another amazing creative ideas from you chan..well-done! my kids liked it so much..beautiful crafts bag indeed. Thanks for this. :) :)

Ruby Hawk, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2009

that looks like so much fun. thanks for the shareing.

BC Doan, posted this comment on Oct 20th, 2009

You’re full of wonderful ideas, and so generous in sharing them, Chan! This is great for a project since the holiday is coming..thank you!

Chris Stonecipher, posted this comment on Oct 22nd, 2009

Chan,
This looks like fun! You always have fun and wonderful art project ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Chris

Millys Home Creations, posted this comment on Oct 24th, 2009

Great site, lots to learn from it. I enjoyed every moment. User friendly. Thanks

CutestPrincess, posted this comment on Nov 10th, 2009

very useful and easy to follow… wanna try it…

Ana, posted this comment on Nov 29th, 2009

That is an excellent way to use up some old magazines/newspapers and turn it into something really useful! Thank you so much.
I’m glad I found your site.

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