craft: Recycled Gift Bags from, ehem, paper wine bags
The holiday head cold has grabbed me with both hands! Fortunately, I finished my gift making and wrapping before I could spread cooties along with my Christmas cheer.
I did something I almost never do and *gasp* bought pre-made gift bags for holiday treats. When I opened the packages, they all had a bottle neck. After I forced my eyebrows down out of my scalp, I realized the cute little bags were practically useless unless the entirety of my holiday giving included M&Ms.
Without any time to spare, I started digging around in my “keep just in case” drawer and came up with a stack of paper wine bags that I’ve been holding on to forever. Jackpot!
To make your own holiday gift bags/wrap from recycled wine bags, you’ll need:
- paper wine bags
- tape or glue
- hole punch
- something to cut the bags (paper cutter, rotary cutter, decorative or plain scissors)
- stamps, stickers or other embellishments
If your bags are like mine, they’re likely to be in all different states of crumpled-ness. So , first things, first, iron those bags! Medium heat works. Ironing on a paper bag will also clean your iron, so you might want to start with a sacrificial bag, just in case your iron has any Ghosts of Craft Projects Past lurking around.
I happen to have a snazzy wavy blade for my rotary cutter. You can use something similar, a straight rotary or paper cutter or just plain scissors.
Bottom and top (L-R)
The top bag is open on the top and the bottom, so it’ll need to have the bottom sealed up.
Glue works fine for this, but so does tape or a cute sticker. This is a good time to embellish your gift bag with stickers, stamps or drawings.
Top finish off, fold the top down and punch two holes through all layers. Insert your gift and tie a ribbon through to close.
Repeat the steps for all bags. The bottom half of your recycled gift wrap will only need the tops folded and punched since the bottom is already sealed. I stamped mine, but you can embellish your bags any way you like. Now, fill with holiday goodness and gift it! If you’re stuffing your gift bags with edible homemade goodness, I suggest wrapping it in plastic or wax paper before placing it in the bag.
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