These days, everyone is trying to be more eco-friendly because of the growing awareness of climate change, environmental dangers, and other things that can harm the earth. One of the most common activities that people usually practice is recycling and reusing. There are actually a lot of things that you can do with things you don’t use anymore. As an environmentalist myself, I wholly agree with all the other environmentalists out there that all you need is creativity to reduce the volume of trash in your house.
One of the things that we especially enjoy doing is making bags out of wrapping paper. Not only is this a fun activity to do, but it also allows us to save up on buying gift bags or grocery bags. All you need is some old wrapping paper from last Christmas, and you’re good to go. That way, you won’t have to waste any of the older paper that you didn’t use for your past gifts. You can also use the wrapping paper that comes from gifts given to you in the past.
If this is something that will interest you, then we’ll teach you how to make a bag out of wrapping paper in a few very easy steps.
Materials That You’re Going to Need
Before we get started, there are going to be a few things you’ll need. Here’s a list of materials:
- Hole puncher
- A pair of scissors
- Scotch tape
- Wrapping paper
These are the basic stuff that you’re going to need if you’ll take on this project. But if you feel like getting a little more creative, you can even add some stationery or other stuff to the list to make it more interesting.
Instructions on How to Make a Bag Out of Wrapping Paper
Now that we’re done with that, we can move on to the instructions. Here are the extremely easy steps that you need to take in order to make one of these creatively designed paper bags.
Step 1: Determine the Ideal Size of the Wrapping Paper
The first thing that you need to do is roll out the wrapping paper. If you have a specific item that you want to put inside, then you may also put the item on top of the wrapping paper, so you’ll have an idea if it can fit. If it’s too big, you can cut the wrapping paper to fit the size.
Step 2: Fold the Sides of the Wrapper
The next thing that you’ll want to do is start folding the sides. To do this, put the paper face down on the floor, and fold the right and left sides until they meet in the middle. If they overlap a bit, that’s okay as well. Once you’ve gotten the desired seam, use your scotch tape to tape it.
Step 3: Fold the Bottom
Once you’re done with the sides, then fold the bottom of the wrapper. This is going to serve as the base.
Step 4: Flatten the Corners
The next thing that you’ll want to do is to separate two pieces of the paper and make sure that all the corners are flattened. When this happens, you’ll be able to form a diamond shape.
Step 5: Fold All Corners
Fold both the bottom and the top corners of the bag inward to the diamond. Once you do that, tape the corners.
Step 6: Open Up the Bag
Once this is done, you may now open up the bag. Make sure that you fold the top of the bag toward the back. From there, you can start putting whatever you want in the bag. You can also punch holes on the top of the bag so that you can tie a ribbon in place.
Tips and Tricks
Now that we’re done with the steps, we’re going to give you some tips on how to make the bag more durable and to overall improve the process. Here are a few expert tips that you may want to know about:
- When creating the bottom, you may want to add some extra tapes on the seams so that the bottom will be more durable.
- Even though you may have some very thin old wrapping paper that you may want to use, we suggest that you skip using the thin ones, and use the more durable ones since the thin wrapping paper will break anyway.
- For tape, we suggest that you use an extra sticky tape that won’t come off otherwise the bag will break.
- If your wrapper is durable, you can punch holes in the top to tie in a string so that you can carry it around.
- Not only can these be used for giving gifts, but they can also be used in stores that sell products such as makeup or food. You can use these homemade bags instead of the usual paper bags.
- If you want, you can be a little creative and add some art on the bag to give it design.
See how easy it is to create a paper bag made out of wrapping paper? All you need to do is follow the guide that we’ve provided above, and use your imagination a bit. Again, it pays to learn this craft skill so that you won’t have to waste any gift-wrapping paper from gifts that were given to you or from paper that you weren’t able to use during the holidays. This will not only save you a lot of time and effort in shopping for new paper bags, but it will also save you a lot of money as well. At the same time, you’ll get to help save the environment by lessening the waste materials.
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