Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Craft Challenge Post~Brown Paper Bag Gift Bags

From North of the Boulevard~

When I saw that this month's  Craft Challenge was paper bags, I knew just what I wanted to make. At some point in time we bought the Costco size package of paper bags. I don't remember why, but years later, we still have tons of them. Putting some of them to use as gift bags seems like a good idea! This is an easy little project that anyone with a few craft supplies can do in a few minutes.

Materials Used:
  • Paper Bag
  • Paper Cutter
  • Decorative hole punch
  • Rick Rack
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Card Stock
  • Label
  • Thread

I began by cutting the top portion from the bag to make it a straight across the top.

Next, I scored the bag a few inches down for the fold.

With the top of the bag folded, I used a decorative hole punch all the way across the fold.

Brown Paper Bag Gift Bag

I hot glued a strip of rick rack onto the bag.

Brown Paper Bag Gift Bag

I had this bow that came in a flower arrangement in my craft supply closet because you just never know when things like this will come in handy!  I pulled it apart and used it to make a ribbon flower.

I used the twist and roll method to make the flower, adding tiny drops of hot glue along the way. I also cut a circle of card stock and used that for a backing before gluing it onto the bag.

Ribbon Flower

I have a few of these labels on hand that I used for a gift tag. I ran a piece of thread through the little hole in the tag and then through one of the holes from the hole punch and tied it off into a bow.

Brown Paper Bag Gift Bag

While a paper bag isn't sturdy enough to hold a heavy gift, there are lots of items it could easily hold. I cut a piece of card stock to fit inside the bottom of the bag to make it a little sturdier. Since I backed the flower with card stock, it can be pulled off the bag and used another time.

Brown Paper Bag Gift Bag

That's one less plain paper bag I have in the big bag stash. Now, I'm trying to think of other ways to use more of them.

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At April 7, 2015 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Crochet Hooks said...

wow this gift bag is so lovely! who would guess it started as a plain old brown bag? You don't even have to add anything, the bag itself is a lovely gift! Thanks for sharing with us at the creative challenge!

At April 7, 2015 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thanks so much! It was such a simple little thing to put together, but I was happy with how it turned out. Happy to share. Thanks for visiting!

At April 8, 2015 at 2:39 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

My family often uses brown bags for gifts - but they are never as lovely as yours :) Nice job!

At April 8, 2015 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thanks! I've never thought of doing this until I saw the craft challenge for the month.

At April 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Darlene Nemeth said...

What a nice way to personalize gift wrapping. Love it. Pinning. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Darlene

At April 17, 2015 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Beverly Roderick said...

Thank you, Darlene. There are lots of variations that could be done to it for more personalized touches, too. Thanks for pinning and for stopping by.


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