DIY Gift Bags using scrapbook paper

DIY gift bags using scrapbook paper


I have another student inspired tutorial for you today! We are nearing the end of school & one of my favorite projects I assign my kids this time of year is Teach Your Teacher Tuesdays…they have so much knowledge in their brains, and always have something to share. This is their big chance to have everyone’s attention, the kids love it.

This one project I really wanted to share with you because I feel like the possibilities are endless, and this is right up every DIYers alley! You only need a few supplies.

diy gift bags

I used scrapbook paper, but you could also use regular copy paper or cut down wrapping paper. Here is a little step by step…

DIY gift bag directions

After you have the bottom of the bag created you only need to crease the sides to finish off the bag look. There are a couple of ideas I had for the top. For the train bag I folded over the top, punched holes, and used baker’s twine to tie a bow. You could also create handles like the striped bag. My last thought was to scallop the top like small polka dot bag, or you could add tissue paper. The possibilities are endless! What are you thinking…

Now, obviously you can’t put huge things in these handmade bags, but they are perfect for little treats, birthday & shower favors, or gift cards. Enjoy!

DIY gift bag different sizes 


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  1. Gail Plaskiewicz says

    A friend of mine demonstrates how to make hand marbled paper. It is beautiful but he doesn’t sell a lot of it. My sister suggested that he do this with his beautiful paper knowing how people like designer gift bags. I am going to send him this tutorial to him so he can try it with some scraps that he has. It looks easy enough for him to do it and me too!

  2. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!
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  3. This is really smart. I have lots of scrapbook paper around that I could use for gifts and I never think about using it. Thanks for the instructions!
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  4. Such an amazing and lovely idea! Thank you so much!!

  5. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something
    that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very
    broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!
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  6. FABULOUS! Totally using this idea, very very soon! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Very cute bags ! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. super cute, Laura Beth!!! love homemade gift bags!
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  9. Super cute, girl! What a great idea for scraps!
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  10. Great idea, love it!!
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