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Topic: Gift Bag from the Sunday Comics  (Read 1089 times)
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« on: June 22, 2008 12:39:34 PM »

I like to do my part to make my carbon footprint small, but I also like to make the gifts I give look nice. So I buy gift bags at the Dollar Tree and reuse them over and over. But my son's birthday is coming up, and all the gift bags meant for the Y-chromosome gender are aimed at little boys or older guys, and he's just 25.
So I decided to make a reusable gift bag out of the Sunday comics. I had some large lunch sacks lying around (I use them to make microwave popcorn), so I used one of them for a pattern and as reinforcement, since newspaper is none too strong.
I carefully pulled the bag apart, glued it to a sheet of comics, cut around it and folded where the bags creases were, and glued. Then I folded the top down inside the bag and glued it for a nice top finish and further reinforcement. I took a single page of comics, cut it in half vertically, folded those strips over and over, until they were a good size for handles. Then I covered those with packaging tape and used the same tape to attach them inside. And here's what it looked like:

It seems to be pretty sturdy, so I think we'll pass this puppy around the family for a long time.
And what will I use instead of tissue paper to cover the gift?

Shredded comics, of course!
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 12:45:26 PM »

This is fantastic! I love the idea of creating your own gift bag, too - I generally hate the wrapping paper I find at the stores around here. I'm going to have to try this with some of my magazines...
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 12:53:18 PM »

 Grin Awesome! I usually just wrap the present with the comics - this is way better!!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008 06:22:59 PM »

That is so neat!  My granny always saved her funny pages to wrap our Christmas gifts.  She would love this.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2008 08:49:14 PM »

I know this is a few months old, but i just wanted to warn, the ink from the paper gets all over your hands...so just be careful. Great project though. I love this idea...!

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