DIY Easy Gift Bags or Favor Bags for your next party!

newspaper bag finishedI referred a while ago to my desire to try out this project–I just love the idea of creating gift wrap from things I already have on hand. However, when it came time to actually do the project I was short of a few elements (namely, the chain and eyelets, and the ability to measure accurately). So, true to myself, I changed things around a bit to once again use things I already had on hand.

Here is what I used to make the gift bags:Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Packing Tape
  • Box that is the same size that I wanted the bag (in my case, a box of tissues)
  • String


1) I layered two pieces of newspaper and set my box on top of it. I measured out about 2” from the top of the box and, cutting through both pieces of newspaper simultaneously, cut a straight edge across the pages at that point.

cutting the newspaper 2) On one long edge I folded down the top one inch of both pieces of paper. Then I taped the edges down; both sheets were then stuck together.3) I wrapped both pieces of paper around the box like I was wrapping a gift… but only 1/2 a gift, since one side of the box remained free. I made sure that the folded and taped edge from step 2 was closest to the free end of the box. This side would eventually become the top of my bag.  I then cut the paper so that it fit snugly around the box with about 1 inch overlap, and taped the paper together to make a sheath for the box. I had to tape the both layers of newspaper here or the bag would fall apart later on.

gift wrapping the box
4) I folded down one end of the box with the paper just like I would a gift box I was wrapping for Christmas… except I used lots of tape so that the bottom didn’t fall out of the bag at an inopportune wrapped bottom5) I reinforced the creases in the paper around the sides of the box and then removed the box from my new bag. If the bag was for holding something heavy, I put a piece of lightweight recycled cardboard in the bottom of the bag to help reinforce it.

Newspaper gift bag with bottom 6) To attach the handles, I cut 2 pieces of string the exact same length.  The length is arbitrary, but I made mine about 12″ each given the size of the bag. Then I measured carefully (yeah, there is a little bit of measuring in this project) and made 2 holes on each side at the same places. It is important that these holes be spaced equally on both sides and horizontally and vertically, so I took my time measuring. Once I had the holes in place, I carefully pushed the thread through the holes and tied each one together. I used loops to secure them because I was more confident about the knots, and I thought the rustic look fit well with the newspaper elements of the bags.I made about 10 of these bags from one Sunday edition of the Washington Post, and it took about 2 hours to finish all of them, so this would be a great DIY project to prep favors for a Halloween party or wedding.

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24 Responses to DIY Easy Gift Bags or Favor Bags for your next party!

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  2. It was great to see your ‘newspaper’ gift bag…beautifully created! Thank you. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  3. What a great idea. I love it. Thanks . Hugs, Marty

  4. Linsey says:

    Those are so cool! I’ll have to try that!


  5. WOW!!! This is SOO cute!! I love it and I’m definitely going to use this tutorial someday!!

  6. Thanks for linking up to my blog hop!!! I LOVE LOVE this – so simple and cute! I’m going to have to make some of these soon!

  7. Samantha says:

    Visiting from Not So Simple Housewife. My favorite thing right now is newsprint- so I am going to try this! Very creative!
    :) crafty texas girls

  8. Shelly says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tips!

  9. Michelle says:

    Love this! Wish I got the newspaper. Maybe I could do it with phone book pages. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  10. KAT says:

    I LOVE this idea super-duper wonderful !!! I make little gift boxes from paper scraps or old damaged book picture pages… its so fun to be thrifty and crafty at the same time ! Yea for another neat thrifty idea !

    – KAT –

    • sillysimple says:

      Thanks for stopping by Kat– my favorite projects are the kind using things you were going to throw out otherwise :-)

  11. Kimberly says:

    How very cleaver of you!

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  13. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been browsing a lot of “recycled” craft ideas the past few days and I have to say that your ideas have been my favorite.
    Thanks so much for sharing these; definitely going to make some!

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