Giving gift cards, vouchers, magazine subscriptions or money as a present can save a whole lot of hassle as far as looking for presents goes but when it comes to how to present these things as a gift, it’s not quite as easy.
You can, of course, put the voucher, etc., inside a greeting card but I never feel it’s very exciting to do it that way. You could also give a second card containing the voucher/money (as well as the normal greeting card) but, quite frankly, that’s a bit weird. Alternatively, you could put the voucher/money/subscription confirmation into a huge box filled with tons of packing. You could then wrap it beautifully and hand it over. However, an Amazon voucher might not be what they were expecting, going by the size of the box, and so you risk making it the worst birthday/Christmas/Easter in the history of all present-giving occasions.
That’s why I’ve come up with an alternative. Sweet, little, DIY paper gift bags perfectly suitable for small, slimline or paper-type gifts. Using these means it looks like a proper present, you feel as though you’re giving something worthwhile and the recipient has a rough idea of what they’re getting going by the size. They’re also handmade and people love and appreciate anything handmade so…win/win!
So, if anyone would like to make such a gift bag/envelope, here is a short, photo-based tutorial. It’s very simple and doesn’t take long at all.
The things you’ll need for this are:
- Pretty paper. Card decorating paper, scrap-booking paper or wrapping paper will work perfectly
- Double-sided tape or multi-purpose glue
- A card creaser or ruler
- A hole punch or eyelet tool
- Contrasting paper to make a tag
How To Make Your DIY Paper Gift Bags
Firstly gather together everything that you need. I used double-sided tape for my envelopes but any kind of quick-drying glue is perfect.
Next, cut the paper to the required size. I used an A4 sheet of paper for this envelope. You want the paper to be at least 1.5 times the height of whatever you’re putting in it and 2.5 times the width although if it’s bigger it doesn’t make any difference.
Then, with the pattern side of the paper facing down, turn in a 1 to 1.5 centimetre edge along three of the sides leaving what will be the top (opening) of the envelope as it is. You can glue these sides down if you like but it isn’t necessary.
Then, fold the paper in half and, using your glue or double-sided tape, stick the open edges together (the bottom and the side opposite the fold). Make sure you leave the top open.
Fold the top (open edge) over – about 1.5 to 2cms – and cut the corners off at an angle so that it looks like an envelope. Then fold the top over and crease it into place.
Punch a hole for the ribbon in one of the top corners making sure you don’t punch through the flap.
Make a tag from contrasting paper. I have used a die-cutting machine for the two below but you will see in the photo at the top of the page that I just cut out squares of card for those tags.
Attach the tag to the bag using your ribbon. I also like to use contrasting tissue paper to wrap the gift inside the bag. It just makes it a little bit more interesting.
To hold the flap down you can either use double-sided tape – leave the paper on until you’re ready to seal it or, if you don’t have double-sided tape, use a pretty sticker instead.
And there you have it.
Your very own DIY paper gift bags.
Theme the paper you use with seasons and celebrations. That’s what I’ve done with all of the bags I made. I themed them on Spring. However, you can also theme them around the person you’re giving the gift to or you can theme it around the gift itself. The possibilities are endless.
As always, let me know what you think in the comments or, if you decide to try this, let me know how it turned out.
So, all that’s left to say is, good luck with your gift bags/envelopes!
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