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How to Make Your Own Gift Bags


Gift bags can get so expensive, so here’s a do-it-yourself step by step tutorial on how to make your own gift bags. For paper I used brown postal package paper, since I needed my bags to be larger and durable, but you can use wrapping paper, magazine paper, scrapbooking paper, a map, or even pages from a big children’s book. On the top in the picture above are bags I made from a christmas catalog. Junk mail turned useful!

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Paper of choice
  • Tape
  • Ruler

To start, you need to cut a length of paper. I had to make a couple bags before I got the right size for my purposes (be sure to keep note of dimensions!). If you start with a 15.5 inch by 10 inch piece of paper and fold the bottom up three inches you’ll end up with a 8.5 inch tall, 4.5 inch wide, and 3 inch deep bag. (Note that those are not the dimensions of the bag in the pictures.) Something to keep in mind while doing this project is when making a fold, you want to crease it really well. If you don’t have fingernails for this, keep a ruler handy.

Once you have your paper, lay it face down, vertically. If you plan on making handles, fold the top part down just far enough so that it will add reinforcement and keep the edges from showing. If you plan to fold it over to hole punch it and string with ribbon as I did, then you can skip that step.

Bring the edges inward, careful not to fold it yet.

Now tape the edges together, still being careful not to fold anything yet. It’s hard to tape it and hold it at the same time, so I suggest starting with two smaller pieces of tape at the top and bottom before using a longer piece of tape to bind the whole seam.

You should now have a loop. Now it’s time to make a fold. Make your fold near but not on the piece of tape. This will make it so the tape won’t show on the front or back of your bag.

Now flip it so the top is farthest from you. Now you’re going to create the bottom of your bag. Fold the bottom upwards making one crease. The amount you fold upward will be how deep your bottom will be. For instance, if you want a three inch deep bag, then fold up three inches.

Open the part you just folded.

Taking the corner, fold it in on itself along the inside fold line. Do this on both sides.

To close up the bottom take the part nearest to you and fold it up to the middle fold line.

Do the same with the opposite side and tape.

Now you are going to create the sides of your bag. Take a side of the bag (on the right or left of the picture above) and fold the mini square in on itself so the corners are touching and crease well. Try to line the edges of this mini square up as perfectly as possible.

Fold the crease you just made over and crease it the other way as well.

Do this double fold to the other side of the bag, making sure to touch the mini square corner to corner, lining up the sides.

Now carefully open your bag. It will be a little misshapen, but we’ll fix that next.

Crease the sides of the bag the way they should go. The two outer creases should be creased from the outside, and the middle one should be creased from the inside.

Fold your bag up like an empty gift/grocery bag. If you have to force it a little it means something didn’t line up properly while you were folding, but that’s ok, just gently fold it up and press it out.

Now it’s time to decorate! You can hole punch it and thread ribbon through as I did, or you can hole punch and add handles. I used Christmas cutouts, To/From labels, and some cut up dollar store flowers for my bags. You could use glitter and glue, or stickers, or if you used pre-decorated paper you could just add a tag. Have fun getting creative!

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The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do

The "Bored?" Jar

The “Bored?” Jar

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting around at home with a friend or boyfriend and one or both of us suddenly gets the urge to go and do something. But what? We will never have to sit around brainstorming unsuccessfully ever again. I give you, The Bored? Jar!

For this craft I combined some ideas from a couple of blogs for date night plans (Six Sisters’ Stuff & Life in the Green house). This jar of activities is great for friends, couples or just yourself.

Supplies for The "Bored?" Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

What you’ll need to make The “Bored?” Jar

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • 1 Jar (I used an old ranch dressing jar with the label taken off)
  • 3 sharpies in different colors
  • 1 black ultra fine tip sharpie
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Label (optional)

The Bored? Jar:

  1. To start, put your popsicle sticks in the jar so it’s full but not stuffed, make sure you can still easily grab one from the jar.
  2. Get your three colored sharpies and black sharpie handy. Each color will signify a category: cost money, go somewhere, or stay home. Decide what each color will signify. I used green for cost money, purple for go out, and pink for stay home.
  3. Go through the following list. Before you write down the activity on the popsicle stick, decide what category it falls under (i.e. “Make breakfast & eat in bed” would fall under stay home, so I colored the tip of my popsicle stick pink). Color the tip of the popsicle stick the corresponding color and then use the black sharpie to write the activity down. Replace the popsicle stick, color tip up, in the jar and keep going!
  4. Once you get to the end of the list, cut some ribbon to the correct size and tie it around the jar.
  5. Using a label or piece of paper, write “Bored?” on it and attach it to the jar. If you like, add what the color categories mean.
The "Bored?" Jar

The “Bored?” Jar: what to do when you have nothing to do!

If you have extra popsicle sticks, add things you like to do or take the extras out. Keep some blank ones handy so you can add activity ideas as you think of them. Once you use one you can turn it upside down so you go through each one, or just replace it color tip up. Now you will never be bored with nothing to do again!

Here’s the list of activities:

Stay Home:

  • Find a recipe you’ve never tried and cook it together
  • Make indoor smores and read/tell campfire/scary stories
  • Wii Game night
  • Make Muddy Buddies
  • Make ice cream sundaes
  • Have a spa/pamper night
  • Have a game night
  • Make breakfast and eat in bed
  • Play 20 questions
  • Make chocolate fondue
  • TV show marathon
  • Make a new dessert recipe together
  • Have a living room camp out
  • Make home made pizzas
  • Read together
  • Stargaze
  • Have a movie marathon

Go out:

The "Bored?" Jar

The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

  • Go on a hike
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go to a park
  • Go to a local car dealership and test drive a car
  • Try a new sport
  • Take a drive, see some beautiful scenery
  • Make a picnic
  • Be a tourist in you own city (cheesy pictures and all!)
  • Take a free factory tour
  • Pick a theme and center everything for the rest of the day around it
  • Fly kites
  • Exercise together
  • Go to a local book store & look at photography books together

Cost money:

  • Dress up and go to a new place for drinks
  • Restaurant hop: go to a new restaurant for each course
  • Go skating or rollerblading
  • Go to the arcade
  • Go out for ice crem
  • Drive-in dinner/movie
  • Go for a swim, or hot tubbing
  • Visit the zoo or go see wild life
  • Have a coupon date
  • Go to a local fair or carnival
  • Go to a local sporting event
  • Go to a thrift store, pick out funny outfits for each other
  • Go see a play or comedy show
  • Go bowling
  • Take lessons
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Desert only date
  • Go carts
  • Visit a bakery and pick out a treat
  • Check out a local museum
  • Go find yard sales, treasure hunt
  • Laser tag

Happy un-boredom!

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Trash or Treasure?


I’ve created a new “Tips” tab, where I’ll be posting tips for crafting. So far, I’ve posted “Trash or Treasure?” ideas, sharing what I save and why. I’ll be adding to the list as I think of more things! Hope it is helpful 🙂

Trash or Treasure? Here is a list of things I keep and store in my craft supplies instead of tossing:

  • The “hanger” straps inside tops and dresses. If they are made out of ribbon I cut them off the shirt and put them in my ribbon jar.
  • Glass jars & their lids. Salsa, pickles, jam… They’re just as good as mason jars and sometimes come with fun shapes or designs!
  • Old maps or atlases. You can do tons of different crafts with these, and they look so fun, too!
  • Old loofas. You can toss them in the wash (but not the dryer!) and cut them apart to use as netting or decoration.
  • Fun greeting cards. You can cut out and use the front of the Thank You/Birthday/Sympathy card to make a new one!
  • Packing Peanuts. I once made a bean bag chair and filled it up with packing peanuts (My work had a bunch of garbage bags full)! Much cheaper than buying the big filler bags at the store.
  • Wire, twine, string. I keep usable lengths in a big jar (Here’s where an empty pickle jar can come in handy!).
  • Old, broken crayons. They are great for coloring candles, or making those fun melted crayon on canvas projects. You can even melt them down in muffin tins or molds to make new, shaped crayons.
  • Magazines. One of my favorite things to do is decoupage!
  • Strips of cloth. After sewing I always have small strips of cloth that I put in a jar next to my sewing machine. These can come in handy for many a craft project!
  • Old silverware. You can bend them into all sorts of shapes (rings, hooks, bracelets) or make a wind chime out of them.
  • Candle wax. I always save that little bit that won’t burn anymore and save it in a jar until I can get a new wick and melt it all down to make a new candle. You can also put your “excess wax” jar on a “no flame” candle burner.

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