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Topic: Cute little gift bags from newspapers, with TUTORIAL!  (Read 60058 times)
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« on: November 09, 2009 06:37:05 AM »

It's easy to make these little gift bags out of newspaper. Plus, it's a great way to recycle! Pick a good section of your paper (the comics are always fun), or use a foreign language paper for added interest. If you're wrapping a small housewarming gift, it would be fun to use the real estate section of the paper. Here are a couple of examples I made:



And here is how they're made.
Supplies needed:

PVA glue. This is a bookmaker's glue and can be found at most art supply stores. Elmer's will work as well.
Newspaper. For the example bags above, I used a Japanese paper that measured (when folded) 11 1/2" wide and 15" tall, and the comics of my regular paper, which were folded and cut down to 11" by 11".
A hole punch and a grommet setter or a Clikit tool. I found my Clikit tool at a discount store. If you google "Clikit" there are several entries.
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Ribbon or string

Here's how they're made. For this example, I used the Japanese paper:

1. Take the folded paper and fold the already folded side down about 1".


2. Run a line of glue on the top of that folded area and fold down again. This will make a sturdier base for the grommets so the bag won't tear when filled. This folded side is the TOP of your bag.


3. Next, glue down one SIDE of the bag. You are going to open out the two layers on the opposite side and insert this glued side in, making a paper tube of sorts. Glue and insert about 1" so it will be sturdy. Make sure you insert the side so it's straight. Glue this both inside and outside.


4. Fold your tube flat, using the glued side as a guide. The glued side should be straight down on your fold.


5. The two narrow sides of the bag are known as "gussets". Determine how wide you want your gussets to be. They can be as wide or as narrow as you wish. Once you determine how wide you want them to be, fold the bag flat again and crease the second side of your gusset. (The gusset will be the area between your folds.) When you open your bag up, it should be box-like.


6. Bring both edges of each gusset together and crease so the bag will be able to fold flat.

Once you have done this step, your bag should look like this:


7. Measure how wide your gusset is, and fold the BOTTOM of the bag up that same measurement. Remember, the bottom is the side that is NOT folded. On the bag shown, the gusset is 2" wide, so I have folded the bottom up 2". After you fold it once, turn the bag over and fold it up the other side as well so you get a good crease there.


8. Now you're going to create the bottom of your bag. Fold both of the gussets in as if you were wrapping a box. Use your previously made fold lines as guidelines.


9. Glue the flaps well. Put one of your hands into the bag to give you something to fold against, and fold each glued flap in to form a square bottom.


10. Here's a Clikit tool. It's great for punching holes and setting grommets. If you don't have one of these, though, you can punch holes with a hole punch and then set your grommets with a regular setter.


11. After your grommets are set, thread a coordinating ribbon through and tie knots on each end. String, yarn, or raffia would work as well. Done! Now you have a cute little gift bag.


The final product:


Wasn't that easy?  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009 08:45:47 AM »

They look great, and it's so cool they're recycled Grin

You make it look so easy, I'm going to have to have a go!
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009 08:48:02 AM »

They're really not hard at all, and you can make them out of any sort of paper.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009 09:55:01 AM »

I love these! I bet magazine pages would work for smaller ones too!

Squee! One more quirky, up-cycled, holiday item!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2009 09:57:12 AM »

super cute idea Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2009 10:36:07 AM »

So cutesy.

The text on the side makes me giggle xD
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2009 10:49:33 AM »

i like this idea i have newspapers from france i've been wanting to do something with. did you just use 1 layer of paper?
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2009 10:58:42 AM »

Adorable! Thanks for the tute. VERY clear.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2009 11:03:22 AM »

i like this idea i have newspapers from france i've been wanting to do something with. did you just use 1 layer of paper?

It's one folded section of the paper, so it's really 2 layers thick. The folded part becomes the top edge after you fold it down again.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2009 11:54:50 AM »

What a great tutorial!
Thanks!
I am SO going to try this!
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