How to Make a Homemade Gift Bag, from throwaway items...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another frugal and worthy project from our home to yours. Today I have another project that is a little different for us to offer, but I think you will like it...

I come from a long line of gleaners! During times of good humor, my Mother was known to describe herself as a "natural born junk picker". But gleaning is not the same as picking through the junk. Gleaning is the gathering, of the usable. This could be food in a field or tree, as well as needed information to complete a project.

I have been known to take gleaning an additional step. I enjoy and find it a challenge to glean the usable and make something more from it. Of course, I always remember my manners and only glean when it is appropriate. In my last position, each Thursday my boss would bring in coffee service from Starbucks. Everyone loved the coffee, and when the morning meeting was over, there was loads of stuff left on the conference table to clean up.

With that said, my enjoyment of gleaning would not allow simple cleaning and disposal! Any new (unused) paper coffee cups were set aside and brought home. In addition, all the little packets of sugar in the raw. Oh, and let's not forget the paper napkins. Although I do not buy paper napkins, these work great as disposable clean up wipes, for many needs. Messes happen, it could be the cat or even one of us!

The most fun item to bring home was the little carryout bags. They are the same size as a gift bag, and although not as pretty they can be made attractive for your best gift, in a minute, with yet another gleaned item the Sunday comics or a splashy ad.

Come on, I will show you. 
This is a simple yet fun way to make more out of what you already have, now that is my kind of frugal.

You will want to add weight so that your bag will not travel away from you. This is easy to do as well, simply wrap a couple of cans up in newspaper and secure with a rubber band, then you can set them in the bottom of the bag and begin making it into a gift bag.


At our house, the gifts for children are usually wrapped in the Sunday comics. Sometimes however you need a gift bag. In our Sunday paper, the comic section is a full sheet and a half sheet. The next step is to put the two pieces together.

Lay the two pieces together overlapped by about 1 1/2 - 2 inches. Line up the edges and staple on the edge and then twice more, working toward the center. What I think works best is the staple the edge, move as far downward at the stapler will reach, and then again halfway in the middle. Complete this staple process on the other edge as well.

Then place a couple of pieces of tape in the center, simply to keep it stable.

Place the weight in the bottom of the bag. Lay the bag down on the paper, and start "wrapping" the bag. It does not matter if the paper is upside down or downside up. It is a funny paper gift bag. But if you have a preference, now is the time to make that happen.

For continuity, I like to have where the two pieces come together on the corner edge, but again that is not absolutely necessary.

You are simply wrapping the bag in the "funny" paper. You will want to tape the edge when the wrap is complete.

To make the bottom flat, fold the sides in, creasing the paper to keep it flat. Then fold the two remaining flaps over each other as shown, you have room to slip in the stapler and give it a couple of staples on each side. I then will take a piece of tape and tape down the point.

Stand the bag up, and begin rolling down the top. When you have rolled to within an inch (or so) then fold over the edge of the bag and staple.

When you get to a handle, simple tear the comic and continue to fold and staple. As you can see from the photo below, nothing appears torn.

Remove the weight and you are ready to add a gift.

It is fun to use an ad that might depict what the person receiving the gift loves as a hobby. If your gift-receiving person loves to do crafts, a colorful craft store ad would be fun. You can use any type of paper you want, it is all up to you.

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  1. Sweet! What a nice idea. I have use comics for years, but the gift bag idea is very resourceful!

  2. I love the idea of using comics to wrap bags! I've always wrapped gifts with them but bags are easy to use, and I can see myself doing this with lots of different types of paper.
    Thanks for contributing to Simple Lives Thursday!

  3. Thank you Rocquie, Yolanda and Alicia, this series Simple Lives Thursday has been fun to be a part of and show a bit of what I work on or create.

  4. Great idea of making a gift bag! I'm going to try it!

  5. That's a great idea. Pretty sweet and it's free to:)

    Following your lovely blog. I am also inviting you to add your blog at Momma's Lounge ( where you can shout away, add your business/giveaways, and meet more mom bloggers from allover the world.

    Thanks and have a great day!


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