Craft Tutorial: How to Make your own Christmas Gifts Bags

October 29, 2010 · 9 comments

in Crafts,Inspiration,Tutorials

With Christmas just around the corner, I have been sourcing ideas to make gift bags for my clients, family and friends this December.

I found this idea on my new favourite blog, How About Orange, and was amazed at how easy the bags are to make, and doubly delighted with the final product!

You will need:

1. An envelope (I used an A5 envelope, but any size would do. The bigger the envelope, the bigger the gift bag will be)

2. Decorative Tape

3. Scissors

Step 1: Seal the envelope, and then cut off one of the side edges.

Step 2: Wrap the tape around the envelope, starting at the opening you just cut. Alternate with different tapes, until you get an inch from the bottom.

Step 3: Fold the bottom inch upwards, scoring the fold with your finger nail. Fold in an inch on both sides, scoring the folds. Now flip the envelope over, and refold all three sides, scoring each fold with your nail.

Step 4: Put one hand into the envelope, and pop out the sides. With the other hand, push the bottom down. This will make the corners pop up into triangles. Score the triangles with your finger nail, and then fold then down.

Step 5: Cover the bottom of the bag with more tape.

Step 6: Fold the middle of the sides inwards, and the top inch of the bag over. To keep it closed, punch a single hole into the middle, while the top flap is closed.

Step 7: Insert the pressie into the bag, fold over the top inch, and tie on hand made tags.

These bags are so pretty it’s a sin not to reuse them! I recommend writing a note inside the bag, asking the receiver of the gift, to reuse the gift bag for someone special. Hopefully the bag will get used a few times, making many people smile!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren Smith October 30, 2010 at 7:49 am

Hi Rikki – just LOVE this! Where did you get the decorative tape from?


rikki hibbert October 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thanks Lauren! I got my tape in Hong Kong, but I have seem it locally at the scrap booking and craft shops.

Julian October 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Fantastic! I can’t stand the gift bags you find in shops.

Erika van Zyl November 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

What a great idea! I love it. Perhaps I can do something organic with brown envelopes – just adding some guinea fowl feathers and quills. Thanks!

Dagmar November 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Looks fabulous. Now a reason to buy some decorative tape!

Barbs November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

It looks brilliant but the folding and sticking is way beyond me. God, I’m such a dumb accountant x

rikki hibbert November 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Ha ha ha! Barbs, you’re Ms Srapbooking Deluxe! Perhaps cover your tube with a Balance Sheet and then it’ll work out? xxx

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