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How to Make a Bag Out of Wrapping Paper

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We’ve all been there — you’re wrapping gifts the night before Christmas and you run out of gift bags. Instead of running to the store, learn how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper. With just a few supplies and a big enough sized piece of wrapping paper, you’re all set.

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Follow these five easy DIY steps to learn how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper so you’re never stuck when you run out of bags again.


1. Cut your wrapping paper to size.

A person cutting and folding wrapping paper.

Grab a roll of wrapping paper (thicker paper works best), roll it out, and cut to size according to the gift. Fold both sides into the middle, overlapping just a little, and tape along the whole edge. The more tape you use the better.

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2. Create a base by folding and taping the bottom of the wrapping paper.

A person folding in wrapping paper to make the bottom of a diy bag.

Fold up the bottom making sure the fold is large enough so that the base of your bag will be large enough for your item. This step will create the base that will support the gift — typically where the cardboard is in traditional gift bags.


3. Fold in the left and right edges.
A person folding in wrapping paper to make the bottom of a diy bag.

Unfold the bottom so the inside of the paper can be seen. You’ll need to separate the wrapping paper to see it. You’ll have two triangles on either side.

Fold the left and right edges in toward each other. Turn over the top and bottom edges so they meet in the middle.


4. Tape the opening closed.

A person using tape to secure the bottom of a DIY wrapping paper bag.

Once the sides are formed, it’s time to make sure it doesn’t fall apart. Secure the outside of each fold well with tape. Double-sided tape placed inside of the paper would work well here.

A person using tape to secure the bottom of a DIY wrapping paper bag.


5. Close the top and decorate your new gift bag.

A home made wrapping paper bag with a candy cane securing it closed.

The hard part is over. Stand the bag up, insert the gift, and tape the top edge. Decorate it by adding a bow or secure it with a candy cane.

A person cutting holes in a diy wrapping paper bag and inserting a candy cane to close it.

Using scissors, make small slits — just big enough for a candy cane — at the top of the bag. Insert the candy cane along with a decorative gift tag.

two diy wrapping paper bags sitting near a christmas tree with gift wrap near by.


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