I’m sure gift-giving is on the minds of lots of people about now. Today I’ve got an easy and fun tutorial on how you can make your own unique and inexpensive gift bags.
Have you noticed that the days of December seem to move a little quicker than those of any other month? They certainly do to me. With two of our boys celebrating birthdays the week of Christmas, they move really fast around here. So getting as much done ahead of time is a real sanity saver.
These bags come together quickly. And if you get started now, you’ll have a good supply ready for gift giving in just a few weeks.
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One thing you’ll need is gift wrap. I like to shop for decor and supplies after a holiday passes and save them for the following year. You can save a lot of money by shopping sales after Christmas each year.
I’ve done this for so many years now that I don’t think I could bring myself to pay full price for wrapping paper that’s going to just get ripped up and tossed into the garbage. If you don’t have a supply already, watch for sales this season and plan to do some shopping after Christmas for next year’s bags.
As much as I try to keep the processed foods to a minimum, we do still have boxes of this or that around.
And when we recently had two weeks of travel back to back – yes, we resorted to pop tarts and boxed cereal to get us out of the house quickly on the mornings we needed to leave town early. Those empty boxes come in handy though and don’t have to be tossed into the garbage.
Who doesn’t have a stash of ribbon or decorative string around? I have plenty of leftover pieces from spools of ribbon for hair bows and other projects. I also like to collect strings and ribbons from packaging that is – you guessed it – going to be tossed into the garbage can. Those short pieces are perfect for our project.
Ready to get started? Grab a roll of tape, some scissors, and hole punches, and we’re ready to go!
Start by cutting the top flaps off of the box, then wrapping it, leaving extra paper extending over the top.
Next, fold the excess paper down into the box and tape it into place. You may need to cut the paper along the corners to make it lie down neatly.
Finally, using your hole punch, put two holes on each side of the box at the top, then run a length of ribbon through and tie the ends inside the box into knots.
Now you’re ready to add some coordinating tissue paper and any embellishments you like.
And that’s it!
These bags are great because they’re sturdier than standard gift bags, can be customized exactly how you like, and can be made any size.
Gather your supplies and get a few bags made today!
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