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Making Gift Bags For Christmas

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Posted by / September 27, 2013 / 0 Comments

Image: Public Domain, Pixabay

Image: Public Domain, Pixabay

I have been working on getting things ready for my big Christmas gift project, because I know it is going to take me a while to get everything done. I was looking over my list of things that I need and I noted that baggies were on the list. I had planned on getting some plastic bags from Amazon. What I had failed to realize is that while they were wide and tall enough for what I’m putting inside them, they weren’t deep enough. Big problem!

So I proceeded to search Amazon for alternatives. Plastic bags went out as an option since none had big enough bottoms. So I started looking at paper gift bags. The cheapest I could find were $1 each, which would mean a cost of $21 plus shipping. Of course, they only came in sizes too small or too big for my needs, so it was all in vain. I had to think of something else.

Well, I have this HUGE roll of cream-colored butcher paper here, I think it was Eric‘s, or maybe mom’s, I’m not sure. Anyway, it’s become mine, and I thought, why not just *make* bags? At first I was stressed because I’ve made some bags before, but never with square bottoms. After one failed attempt, Eric and I got to brainstorming, and he mentioned how awesome I am at wrapping things. That led to the idea of me wrapping an appropriately sized box, slipping the paper off, and having instant bags. It worked!

My first try was a little wonky, but it *was* just a trial run. I know I can fix what was wrong with it on the next try. So I cut up enough paper for all my bags and I got some tape at the dollar store today. I will be able to make all the gift bags myself at a cost of $1.50 for the tape. I already had the paper which was obtained free, so no cost there. I already have tons of markers that I can use to decorate the bags, so again, no cost. $1.50 for 21 bags is pretty good! and I don’t mind taking the time. I think it’ll be cool, because it will allow me to have another handmade element, and I can personalize each one.

I’m thinking about getting Eric to take some photos as I go through making the next bag so that I can post a tutorial. If you have paper, tape and a Saltines box, you can make these bags. I can even write up how to do it with other boxes. That would be cool, right? Other people might like to know how to make their own gift bags inexpensively.

About Briana Blair

Artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, Dr. of Metaphysics and passionate oddball. I love to create, and I love bringing knowledge and joy to others. I've been an artist for 35 years, a writer for 26 and a Pagan for 22. And I'm just getting started!
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