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Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

November 7, 2012

Gift bags are easy and simple when it comes to gift wrapping. Make your own handmade Christmas gift bags this holiday season. Use giant size brown paper lunch bags to make these fun gift bags. Customize your handmade gift bags using cardstock, paper punches, ribbon, and Bowdabra bows.

Materials Needed:

Instructions:

1. Begin by using paper punches to design the front of the gift bag.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

2. Using a glue stick place the cardstock onto the bottom front of the paper lunch bag.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

3. Cut 22″ of 1.5″ wide grosgrain ribbon, dovetail the ends. Fold the ribbon in half to create a crease, at the crease mark hot glue it to the center of the lunch bag.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

4. Fold the top of the bag over several times.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

5. Once you have folded the top several times tie the ribbon in place.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

6. To make the bow for the handmade gift bag: Place the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler onto the Mini Bowdabra. Cut 18″ of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold the wire in half, and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

7. Cut another 22″ of 1.5″ wide grosgrain ribbon, dovetail the ends. Fold the ribbon in half to create a crease, at the crease mark place the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

8. Fold and press the ribbon at the 2″ mark to create your first loop.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

9. Fold the ribbon at the 2″ mark on the other side.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

10. Fold the ribbon down again at the 2″ mark on bow sides.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

11. Cut 22″ of 6″ wide tulle ribbon, fold the tulle in half. Slowly feed the tulle into the Mini Bowdabra in an accordion fashion.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

12. Scrunch down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

13. While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

14. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

15. Gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. To tie off the bow, pinch the Bowdabra Bow Wire securely against the bow. Twist the bow 4 to 6 times in a clockwise direction.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

16. Fluff the bow.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

17. Use the Bowdabra Bow Wire to tie the bow onto the tie ribbon on the gift bag. Spiral the remaining wire for fun ringlets.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

18. Follow the instructions to make several gift bags.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

19. Make these handmade Christmas gift bags to use for teacher’s gifts, baked goods, family and friends’ presents. Use cardstock and paper punches to customize your gift bags.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: Handmade Christmas Gift Bags

 

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