I love making my own party favors and this is the perfect basic paper bag to hold any small (or large) treat for a little something extra for your guests.
Yes, I understand you can always just order a dozen gift bags from Amazon for half the price but what’s the fun that?
Plus, these paper bags are super easy to make and you can use almost any type of material to make them from recycled grocery bags to leftover wrapping paper to even newspaper and magazine pages.
While you can make this with existing materials you have around, I have a few recommendations if you’re looking to make them in bulk or don’t want to scrounge for paper.
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Materials for DIY Paper Bag
Cardstock – If you are looking to make a stiffer bag, I highly recommend using medium weight cardstock. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I make a lot of cards and paper flowers so I’m a bit of a glue snob. Basically, any glue works here but if you want to hold up, I recommend one of the following:
Templates – This Printable paper bag template along with the other gift bag templates are available for free in both PDF and SVG formats in my resource library.
Tips of putting together your DIY gift bag
Start by cutting out the paper bag template
I cut mine using a Cricut cutting machine and a blue light grip mat. If you are cutting this by hand, I recommend printing out the template and then tracing the pattern onto your material. Recycled materials are hard to send through the printer.
I used to love Origami so I’ve spend a lot of time folding and creasing so I just fold the edges freehand. If you want a little more guidance, I suggest using a ruler and scraping device.
Make all the creases before gluing the tabs together.
That’s all there is to it!