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A simple, easy to make gift bag using recycle materials.
This is based on an origami pattern which I have adapted. You can use any type of paper and also any size of paper.

The first one is tricky, but once you've made a few you get the hang of it.

See a video tutorial on my blog:

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  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with your piece of paper. I've used a page from a Chritmas catalogue, but you can use anything you like.

    Don't worry about the ripped rough edge as this will get hidden, so there's no need wasting time trimming this off.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take a metal ruler and place it along the long edge which isn't ripped.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then lift the paper against the ruler and form a crease along it's edge. You'll be left with a flap like this.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold this edge down fully and then flip the paper over, so that the fold is on the other side facing down.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 5
    Step 5

    The next step is to take the right edge and fold it over to towards the left. Don't fold it all the way over, go for about two thirds of the way across. This fold determines the width of the bag.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then take the right edge and fold this towards the right at the point where the right edge is from the previous fold. I hope that makes sense.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 7
    Step 7

    Next you need to slip the left fold underneath the flap at the top.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 8
    Step 8

    So what you're left with is this.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 9
    Step 9

    The next thing to do is to take the bottom edge - in this case the one with the rough ripped edge, and fold it up towards the top edge. Leave about 0.5cm from the top edge.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 10
    Step 10

    This is a side view showing you what I mean.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 11
    Step 11

    Next tuck the ripped rough edge under the top flap.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 12
    Step 12

    And push it all the way in until it's flat.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 13
    Step 13

    So you're left with this.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 14
    Step 14

    Next you need the metal ruler again. Line it up with the right hand edge and mark a notch with your thumbnail against the top edge.

    Do this on the left edge as well.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 15
    Step 15

    You then need to line the ruler with the first notch and the bottom right corner. Fold up the corner and crease along the length of the ruler.

    Do this on the left edge too.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 16
    Step 16

    You'll be left with this. It's a good idea at this stage to flip over the bag and do the previous step again to re-inforce the folds on the other side.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 17
    Step 17

    If you now open up the bag you get this kind of shape. You now need to push the edges into the centre.

    Apologies for the blurry pic.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 18
    Step 18

    So push the central fold in to create a kind of concertina effect.

    Apologies for the blurry pic.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 19
    Step 19

    Flatten this edge down and then do the same to the other side.

    Apologies for the blurry pic.

  • How to make a gift bag. Gift Bag Made From A Magazine Page - Step 20
    Step 20

    And that's it, you're done. You can then punch holes into the front and back of the bag and add a handle, or simple stick the edges with a sticker to seal the contents within.

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Ellen Stewart
Ellen Stewart · Auburn, Alabama, US · 16 projects
How big is this bag?
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Savalou
Savalou · Paris, Île-de-France, FR · 11 projects
Amazing! I've tried making these before and it's always difficult, but this was really clear Happy thanks!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
this is really cool, and it COULD just be because I'm tired and absentminded, but it was kinda hard to understand.
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
great idea
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