5 Simple Paper Gift Bag [2 Min]

A survey of the Department for Environment in UK , Food and Rural Affairs states that the average household in the United Kingdom stores around 40 plastic shopping bags at home and 300 to 700 plastic bags pass through the hands of an average American in just one year, UAE(United Arab Emirates) in middle east  alone uses 12 billion plastic bags per year .On an average nearly 1 trillion plastic bags are known to be consumed worldwide.

If you are interested heres a survey report on the use of plastic bags and its adverse effects on environment.

Prime Reasons Why Plastic Should Be Avoided:

  • Plastic bag litters pollute land and water drastically
  • They are made from non-renewable resources which in turn contribute to climate change
  • Plastic bags never break down and they take thousands of years to decompose
  • They pose serious threat to wildlife and marine life
  • Last but not the least they have even begun to affect human health as our food chain is contaminated
With that in mind lets look at the top most alternative for this problem - use paper bags.

GIFT BAGS 

As a reliable step lets begin to make our own Gift bags made out of paper which are recyclable and won't harm our beautiful green earth.
Here is two simple DIY Paper crafts that you can do it from home 
  • Scrapbook Sheet Paper Bag - DIY
  • Newspaper Gift Bag
  • Stylish and Colorful Paper Gift Bag

Scrapbook Sheet Paper Bag - DIY

DIY Method 1

Things Needed

  • Scrapbook paper or any colourful paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Hole punch
  • Reinforcement labels
  • Gift tag

Steps To Do

step 1
Get things ready


Step 2
Fold and crease the top of paper 3 inches and fold both sides of paper to meet in the middle.
Step 3
Tape from top to bottom and then fold and crease the bottom 3 inches like you did in the first step

Step 4
Open bottom section along the folds you made on the previous step and crease flap inward. If you couldnt follow please have a look at the image below

Step 5
Now fold two flaps to meet in the middle and tape across the bottom of the bag
Step 6
Open the bag and punch holes at the top end

Step 7
Its time to add the reinforcement labels to holes and make handles by sliding ribbon ends through holes

Step 8
Tie ends of the ribbon inside of bag and add a gift tag if needed

newspaper gift bag

DIY Method 2

Step 1
Get things ready

Step 2
Cut one third side of the paper on one side and fold top end down to 3 inches

Step 3
Turn the paper and fold both ends to meet in the middle and tape it

Step 4
Fold the bottom up. Decide the inch to be folded on the basis of the width you need for you bag. If you fold 3 inches up, you will get a 3 inch wide bag.  Open the folded part and crease the flap  inward as shown below

Step 5
Double fold the flap to meet in the middle and tape it.
Step 6
open the bag and punch holes at the center
Step 7
Place eyelet in both holes 
Step 8
Tie a ribbon through the holes and keep a gift tag if needed.


newspaper gift bag

Handy Newspaper Gift bag

Things Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • String
Try the above DIY method with the help of a newspaper

newspaper bag

Newspaper Bag

Stylish and Colorful Paper Gift Bag

Things Needed

    • A4 Paper
    • Scissor
    • Paper Puncher
    • Threads 
    • Ribbons (Optional)
    The method remains the same here but the difference is created with the embellishments to make it look unique
    newspaper bag
    Paper Gift bag - A Final Look

    Light Weight Newspaper Gift bag

    Things Needed

    • Newspaper
    • Color ribbon
    • Stick Glue

    Steps To Do

    Step 1
    Cut out a rectangle of newspaper (about 30 × 55 cm)
    Fold down keeping the central point in half, making sure that a small paper overlap remains

    Step 2
    Glue the two parts of the paper, in the overlapping point of the edges in this way you will get the " structure " of the bag

    Step 3
    Fold the bottom about 5 cm

    Step 4

    Open the fold that has been created and fold the external parts inward, forming two triangles, gluing them to fix them

    Step 5
    Fold the remaining "wings" in half and glue them to fix them in this way you will get the bottomof the bag

    Step 6
    Open the bag with your hands inside

    Step 7
    Join the upper edges (pressing the upper part about 2cm) and make a small fold of about 1cm

    Step 8
    Fold the paper lace discs in half. Make two small carvings on the paper lace disk, only on one side and Glue the central part of the paper lace disk on both the front and back sides.

    Step 9
    Pass the ribbon in the two notches of the paper lace disk
    Make a closing bow

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