Recycled Crafts: How to Make a Gift Bag

February 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm 1 comment

Happy Friday everyone! Today we’re going to make gift bags using map paper.


Old fold out maps


Glue gun

Step 1:

Start by folding one end of your map down 1 inch. This will be the top of the bag.


Step 2:

Next, take the shoebox and wrap the map around it, lining up one side of the map with an edge of the shoebox. Glue other edge of map underneath.


Step 3:

Next, you will make the bottom of the bag, which is opposite to the end that you folded down in step 1. The bottom is fairly simple, just wrap it up like you would the end of a present.


Step 4:

Before you take the shoebox out, be sure to sharply crease all four edges of the bag.


Step 5:

Now, take the shoebox out and begin to make the pleats in the side of the bag, so that it will collapse. Do this by carefully pressing down on the bag so that a fold forms in each side panel. Make sure you stop about 1 inch from the bottom on both sides.


Step 6:

Next, completely flatten out the bottom of the bag by folding it up again one side of the bag, using that 1 inch space from the bottom left in the previous step.



Your bag is now complete! To give it a sturdier base, you can cut out a piece of carboard and put it inside in the bottom.



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