Dec 142016

As I am getting presents together to wrap I realize that I needed bags.  I go raid the supplies in our house, but nope. None. However I do have two tons of wrapping paper so I decided to make our own bags from the wrapping paper.

First I cut the amount of paper for the bag that I needed.

Fold in both sides and tap the seam.

Next fold up the bottom portion. This determines the base of the bag.

Next take your folded bottom and fold the corners in like a diamond.

It will end up looking like this:

Then fold in your corners like you would do on a present and tape the seams.

Stand you bag up and fluff it open. Add a piece of cardboard to the bottom for stability.

The perfect gift bag.

About Brandi Christian

Stay at home mom, Stepmom and Girl Scout Leader with a passion for a healthy lifestyle.

  99 Responses to “How to Make Gift Bags Out of Wrapping Paper”

  1. This is such a fun idea. It would be really fun to use a brown paper bag a personalize it.

    • I recently bought some plain white I am going to let the kids decorate 😉 But brown paper would be adorable too!!!!

  2. That is a really creative and clever idea! I would rather wrap gifts this way as I am not very good with using wrapping paper, especially when folding the edges.

  3. This is such a clever idea! It’s so simple too, and looks super cute. I really love the bow on top!

  4. I love this. Some gifts are just shaped too crazy to wrap traditionally, and gift bags are so expensive! I never buy them. I just reuse them from parties over and over! This is another great option. Thanks.

  5. Thats so kool amma try instead of me going to the pharmacy to get a gift bag everytime i need to give someone something.

  6. This is genius! I’ve needed this my whole life haha thanks!


  7. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing this amazing hack. You are a genius.

  8. What a cute little idea, gift bags are so good when you are wanting to put in a couple of items

  9. This is genious!!! This is way better then just buying bags!

  10. Love this idea. So much cheaper than buying them

  11. Love this idea. So much cheaper than buying them

  12. Nicely done and clearly explained! I love DIY like these. Thanks for the tips!

  13. I love this! Can’t you just see someone running out of ideas to wrap things on Christmas eve? But now they can turn to this and create a gift bag in a snap! Love this! Great post!

  14. Wow! Such cool idea. Sharing with friends now.

  15. I never thought of doing this! I love this idea!

  16. This is a great idea! I am definitely going to try this the next time I run out of bags.

  17. Wow what a cool talent! I would’ve never thought to do this!

  18. What a great idea! I always have tons of wrapping paper in the closet. I won’t have to run out to buy gift bags anymore. Love this!

  19. This is a very cool idea. This was a really useful tutorial for those of us who always run out of gift bags.

  20. This is a great idea but not one that I have tried before. Love it and it is always great to have more bags! Thanks!

  21. GREAT idea!!! I have some issues that will prevent me from physically wrapping the gifts this year. Gift bags are necessary and I have none. I can make the bags sitting right on the couch!

  22. Love this! Between wrapping paper and gift bags, it’s gets a little pricey! Having a two for one deal? That works 🙂

  23. This makes me laugh because I know when I try to attempt this at home later on this evening, It will look nothing like your pictures. Alas, lol i will try and I tray I can make a bag for something.

  24. Coming from a person who hates to wrap this is our genius. Will be using this from now on.

  25. Really made life a piece of cake! Merry Christmas for this.

  26. This is such a cool idea! Now, I can wrap gifts of different shape and sizes in this bag. Awesome!

  27. Very cool DIY! I am quite possibly the worst gift wrapper around. I am not even sure if I could do something as simple as this.

  28. This is a great trick to make bags just the size you need! Great post!!

  29. My wife just taught me how to do this! This is seriously a life-saver when the gift is odd-shaped. We gave our kids Potato Head Men, but the packaging was really hard to wrap, so we used this technique and it worked like a charm!

  30. This is such a great idea. This would work well for those odd shaped gifts that are hard to wrap.

  31. This is so neat! I was wondering about this the other night when I was wrapping! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  32. I’ve seen this done but I’ve never tried to myself. This is perfect for those weird shaped gifts. I’ll have to try this one since I’ll be wrapping presents all weekend.

  33. I never knew you could do this. This is so convenient. Perfect for those gifts that just won’t wrap right.

  34. This is so creative! I love how easy it is to make them!

  35. We have so much wrapping paper and hardly any bags! This DIY PROJECT will really come in handy! Thanks for the Intel!

  36. I love this idea. THis would make it so easy to “wrap” those awkwardly shaped toys and gifts. I will try this trick for sure.

  37. Thank you for this easy to follow gift bag tutorial. I still have a few gifts I haven’t wrapped yet, so I will be following the instructions and slip them into a pretty gift bag.

  38. What a great idea and even a way to reuse some of the wrapping if it’s taken off nicely. So many great options… would even work for birthdays and other holidays. Great directions on how to do it also.

  39. This is insanely brilliant! This will literally save me hours this Christmas – wow how did we never think of this before.

  40. This is absolutely genius. I hate spending money on gift bags, but have tons of wrapping paper and card board laying around. Can’t wait to use this for all the awkward shaped packages I have to wrap this Christmas.

  41. This is extremely clever! Great for those odd shaped gifts!

  42. Oh, this is just perfect. I was wondering how to wrap this football. Thanks!

  43. This is such a great idea! It would be really fun to use different colors and personalize it!

  44. This is a great way to make a bag for much cheaper! Bags are so great for wrapping odd shaped items.

  45. Just love individual touches to gifts as I think it says so much about the person gifting. This is great. Better than buying the ready made ones.

  46. Great idea… i love making my own gift bags too! So fun!

  47. This is such a creative way to wrap presents that are a little awkward to deal with. Thanks for the idea and easy to follow instructions too!

  48. I love this! Sometimes, you just can’t wrap a weirdly shaped present. I’m trying this.

  49. This is so creative! They turned out so cute!

  50. This is so clever! I’m going to try this…this holiday season!!

  51. This is such an amazing idea for wrapping gifts! I’m definitely using this method for my Christmas gifts!

  52. THIS is genius gift wrapping! I love this “hack” and totally was WOWed on the paper to bag transformation!

  53. This is so resourceful! Brilliant idea. Merry Christmas to your sweet family. 🙂

  54. I use to do this all the time! It’s actually my favorite way because you have better options when it comes to wrapping paper and then there’s no tissues and something to rip still!

  55. What a creative idea! You are so resourceful. 🙂

  56. I’m so glad I found this! This is one gift wrapping technique that up to know I can’t do properly.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  57. I never thought about doing this! It’s such a good idea rather than just ordinarily wrapping something

  58. Such a great idea!! Wish I would have thought of this, ha!

  59. I am totally in love with this idea! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  60. I love the way how you make gift bags wrapping so easy! Such an amazing tips.

  61. I love the way how you make gift bags wrapping so easy! Such an amazing tips.

  62. I’ve never tried to do gift bags wrapping! This looks so easy! I would like to try it by myself.

  63. I love how practical this is. Super crafty, but super practical as well. Thank you for the post.

  64. I am not a fan of wrapping gifts so I will definitely be using this method when doing my gifts.

  65. This is such a smart idea! I have a few oddly shaped gifts that would be perfect to try this technique on!

  66. That is so smart! It gives a lot more options for patterned gift bags. Thanks for the idea!

  67. Thanks for the tutorial. Love the easy to follow instructions! This would be good for items that are not boxed.

  68. This is awesome and helps save so much money! I’ve never seen anything like this and have never thought of doing this! Thanks for this!

  69. This is such a neat idea!
    I plan on giving this a shot this year.

  70. This is a genius idea. I had this problem this week while wrapping presents and had to run out and buy bags. Never again!

  71. Great idea for those awkward shaped clamshell packed gifts. I refuse to wrap those and sometimes don’t have the correct size gift bag available.

  72. That’s really a great tip! Will try this to all my gifts this Christmas! 😀

  73. Oh this is such a good idea! I always procrastinate wrapping presents until last minute and then run out of bags! This is going to save me this year!

  74. What a cute way to make a gift bag!! I love that you can shut it instead of just putting in tissue paper.

  75. This is such a good idea. I should make a few of these for my husband who is AWFUL at wrapping and still has some gifts to wrap up! Such a neat idea.

  76. I just ran out to get a gift bag tonight. What a fun and smart idea to make it out of paper you already have at home.

  77. That is so crafty and creative! I totally need to try it this year. Mama has loads of wrapping ahead of her!

  78. This is such a clever idea! I am always in the need for a gift bag, and never have one of the right size on hand.

  79. Thanks for sharing this. Instead of buying the gift bags, I will just try making them myself. Save money that way.

  80. What a genius idea to use wrapping paper to make a bag. Love it

  81. How cute! I would have never of this, but this is such a clever idea. I’ll definitely have to try it!

  82. This looks like such a great idea! I would have never thought of doing this at all!

  83. What a creative and cute way to make gift bags!

  84. This will be so handy, I spend so much money on gift bags. I can just make my own! Thanks

  85. that’s a great way to make a bag! love it! i’m so trying this for some of the gifts.

  86. This is one of the things that I enjoy making with Christmas wrappers, they’re so easy and you can make ahead of time so that you can just seal them once you have the gifts! I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate this post!

  87. This is a great idea! Totally perfect if you don’t have a bag that is the right size for the gift you bought!

  88. This is such a clever idea! I am definitely going to try this next time.

  89. Thank you for the step by step tutorial! I had to make one of these for a weird gift my daughter bought at the school Christmas shop. It was confusing to make the first one, but after that I got the hang of it! Gonna save so much time and money!

  90. This is such an adorable way to use wrapping paper! I love when all my gifts match and so this is perfect for that.

  91. I am seeing a lot of DIY. These are stunning!

  92. What a great idea! Gift bags are always so expensive. Plus I have a ton of wrapping paper at home already.

  93. How clever! I love this because sometimes things are SO impossible to wrap. It would also help me use up my old wrapping paper!

  94. This is such a cool idea. I always have tons of wrapping paper left over so I know what I am going to do with it.

  95. Last year I made all my own wrapping paper for my nephews. This year I didn’t. I should have. It’s fun to do.

  96. Who would have known it would be that easy? I love the idea of this because sometimes, wrapping a box is just so difficult – that is, when it’s shaped oddly!

  97. Well, that’s a handy dandy way to make gift bags! Thanks for the tutorial.