UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: DIY Paper Gift Bag Tutorial

Monday, March 17, 2014

DIY Paper Gift Bag Tutorial

Hello all you crafty readers! Happy Luck of the Irish Day! 

I am told I have a pinch of Irish in me. My biological grandfather was supposedly of Irish decent. Ehh who knows, lol. I may have spent a few times in my 20's celebrating, but these days I just wear a touch of green. My daughter and I made some green rainbow loom bracelets to wear today.

Anywho... I am so excited to announce my guest blogger today!

Please welcome  MJ from 

She will be sharing her paper bag tutorial, and surprise, its Green! Don't know if she planned it that way, but if not it worked out Beautifully! 

Paper Gift Bag Tutorial

Hi, I'm MJ and I blog over at Little Panda Crafts. Allie is so sweet to have me over today! :)
Today I want to share a super quick and easy paper gift bag tutorial. I don't know about you, but I am constantly making and giving away gifts. With a big family and tons of other friends, I always need some gift bags! But why bother buying some when you could make your own?

Gather your materials. You only need some washi tape (regular tape can work too, I just wanted to make the bag prettier) and a sheet of pretty or colored paper. The size of the paper depends on how big you want your gift bag to be. I used an 8 x 8 inch sheet.


Fold two sides of the paper in, as shown, with one side slightly overlapping the other.

Tape the side down onto the other with washi tape.

Fold the bottom of the paper up. 

Now push the two sides apart, flattening down.

Fold the other sides in, as shown.

Tape the bottom of the bag with washi tape. I was still in the process of adding tape strips, so make sure you cover the base properly! :)

Put your hand inside the bag, from the top, and "open" the bag so it can stand. Then add handles if you want. You can use string, twine, etc.

Smile at your cute little bag!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful! I plan on making plenty more bags! Thanks so much to Allie for having me over!

love love love! MJ

MJ is a crafter who enjoys decorating, blogging, and scrapbooking. All she needs are her crafting supplies, and she's a happy girl! :) When she's not crafting, you can find her working on a novel, reading, or spending time with family and friends. For more crafting inspiration, you can visit her blog at

Thanks so much MJ for coming on today! Loved you tutorial and can't wait to try and make some of my own.

If you'd like to guest blog, please contact here.

Thanks again MJ, 
and thank you all for tuning in! 
Until next time...


  1. Sorry I haven't stopped by in awhile. Been MIA for a bit. But slowly getting back to it. :) Great craft. Miss chatting.

    1. Um ya, well you have an excuse, no worries. I haven't been great at visiting others much myself these days either. Yes, lets chat soon!

  2. Hi Allie :) Wow, I SO did not plan the bag having green stripes! Well good coincidence for St. Patrick's Day anyway, lol ..
    I just wanted to say thank you again for having me guest post today! :)

  3. Hi MJ, thank you so much for coming on! It was a great post! Your welcome as a guest anytime!!!

  4. Great tutorial and idea! Looks so cute :)

  5. Super cute! I've never made my own gift bag, I think I could do this! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  6. This is GREAT !!
    I always need such bags, and finally I know how to make them
    Thanks for the tutorial
    I'm pinning (and creating a new board for it)

  7. Thank you everyone! So glad you liked it! :)

  8. What a great way to make your own paper bags. :)

  9. Awesome, Allie. I love the bag. I'm into paper right now. :)

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