DIY Gift Bag (makes 1 bag, approx 5″ x 2.75″)

Gift Bag

Who doesn’t love crafting? Learning to make something from scratch brings up some of our fondest memories of being a kid. So as we help spread the word that store-bought wrapping paper is not recyclable, we offer easy and innovative solutions that are accessible for creative-types of all levels. Here’s one of our easiest and most popular green gift solutions: a DIY gift bag.

You will need

2 sheets of newspaper (maps, comic pages, and similar paper also work well)

Glue stick

Ribbon, string, or raffia

Stiffer paper or card stock (cereal box works well)

Step 1

Stack two pieces of newspaper on top of each other. Cut out a rectangle that is 15.5” wide by 8.25” tall. Place the part of the paper that you intend for the outside face-down.

Step 1

Step 2

Fold along the dotted lines as indicated in the photo, creating 5 rectangles across and a fold on the top and bottom.

Step 2

Step 3

Cut two pieces of card stock 4.25” x 1”. Glue them on the widest two panels, just under the top fold. This will help keep the rim of the bag sturdy. Glue the top flap down along the length of the bag, covering the card stock. Since the bag is two-ply, you’ll need to glue both flap pieces down one at a time.

Step 3

Step 4

Put glue on the outside of the 0.5 inch tab on the end of your rectangle and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag. Align the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Be sure to glue down the outermost sheet of newspaper as well.

Step 5

At the bottom of your bag, fold the sides inward as if you were wrapping a present and secure by putting glue on both flaps and folding them inward. Sit the bag upright and press down from the inside.

Step 5

Step 6

Cut a piece of card stock 4” x 2.5” and glue it to the bottom of the bag on the inside. This will make the bag sturdy. Punch holes in the sides of the bag. Put ribbon or string through and tie a knot so it doesn’t slip out.

Gift Bag

This waste reduction program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs. 

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