As much as I love a beautifully wrapped box, sometimes it is just easier to use a gift bag to wrap gifts. The only problem is that most inexpensive gift bags are ugly, and most pretty bags cost a fortune. Neither of those options is acceptable in my world. Enter the humble brown paper bag. It’s so simple, and you can decorate it any way you like. I designed these extra large bunting tags with the classic paper lunch bag in mind. They have a rustic wreath and read Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Add baker’s twine, and you can create beautiful packaging for pennies.
Printer (you may also bring the PDF to a copy store near you–I used Fed Ex)
White Cardstock (You can also use a colored cardstock)
Brown Paper Bag
STEP 1 Download and Print Your Tags
Download the PDF using the link at the bottom of this sheet. Save it to your hard drive or a thumb drive. The PDF is a letter size, 8.5×11 inch sheet, with two tags on a page.
For paper, use a bright white or pastel colored cardstock. If you do not have a printer, you can also just have them printed at an office store local to you.
Once you are ready, print as many sheets as you need.
STEP 2 Cut Out Your Tags
I prefer to use a paper cutter when I am cutting out tags, as it helps to get the corners perfectly square using the guides. I love my Purple Cows Trimmer. If you don’t have a paper cutter, however, you can also use scissors.
STEP 3 Punch Holes
Put your gift into the bag, then fold it down once or twice (If you have a lot of extra bag, you might want to trim the length first.) Place the tag against the bag, aligning the top with the fold. Using a small hole punch, create holes near the top two corners of the tags.
STEP 4 Tie to Gifts
I used baker’s twine and looped it through and around the bag several times. I tied a bow at the top center. So pretty.
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Note: Tags are for Personal Use Only, and the PDF may not be sold, distributed, or posted on other websites. If you wish to share this project, please link to this page. Happy crafting!
2 thoughts on “How to Make Beautiful Christmas Gift Wrapping from Brown Paper Lunch Bags”
These are beautiful. It also looks like it would be a really pretty way to reuse the saved, pretty card fronts from the previous Christmas, instead of the printed card. I always hate to throw those away.
Great idea, Helena!