How to make a GIFT BAG out of your favourite Wrapping Paper!

ok… I’ll admit it, I’m not the first person to come up with this idea!
There are lots of tutorials/videos on how to do this…
I’m soooo dearly in love with Christmas,
and all the beautiful things that go along with it…
I went on a wrapping spree the other day,
and I was inspired with the lovely paper,
and just couldn’t help myself… I had to take pictures ❤ …
and it just followed that I would document the process of making a
gift bag, for oddly (or evenly) shaped gifts…
Once you get going, you just might wrap them all like this ❤ .
So… I’ve never done a tutorial before,
if it turns out that it doesn’t make any sense,
please feel free to look up a video on YouTube… LOL.
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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer1.  WRAPPING PAPER… pick your favourite wrapping paper to use!
A lovely thick, good quality paper will produce better results.
I saw one tutorial that used old maps!!
And I found this one, which has a great grid of lines
to help you get your cuts straight!
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2.  You’ll also need scissors, tape (or glue), a hole punch…
TAGS and Ribbons are optional.
3.  GIFT… in order to know what size bag to make,
you’ll need to have the gift you would like to wrap.
I chose a bottle of homemade mead (my hubby’s project this year!)
It may or may not have been full when I started…lol.
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STEP ONE:
Lay your gift on the paper to ensure you leave enough excess for a loose fit.
The paper should wrap loosely around the gift,
and on the bottom, it should cover at least 3/4 of the gift or more!
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STEP TWO:
Fold over one side, and press down to keep it in place.
Fold over the other side to overlap the first side slightly (1/2 an inch?).

Use tape (or glue) to secure the two sides together.
I put tape along the whole seam to make sure it stayed in place.
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This will create a TUBE shape out of wrapping paper…
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STEP THREE:
At the bottom of your ‘tube’… you will fold up one edge,
to create a bit of a diamond shape, and press each edge to smooth it down.
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STEP FOUR:
Take the top of the ‘diamond’ and fold it over,
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bring the bottom of the ‘diamond up to overlap the top piece.
This is creating the bottom of the gift bag.
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Tape the seams on the bottom of the ‘gift bag’ securely.

STEP FIVE:
The first picture below shows what the bottom of the bag will look like.
Now you can reach into the top and adjust the folds to
open up the bottom to stand on it’s own.

STEP SIX:
Now you can put your gift into the GIFT BAG!!

STEP SEVEN:
This is where you can get creative…
You can close up the top of your bag in a variety of ways!
I chose to fold over the top in a straight line,
and folded it again to create a clean look!

Then I took my handy, dandy hole punch and put two holes
into the folded part of the top of my gift bag.

I inserted the ribbon through the holes
and slipped the loop on the TAG through the ribbon.

And I tied it in a bow on the back of the bag ❤
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Voila!  HERE’s the finished product!! ❤

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I’ll leave you with a few gratuitous pictures of
some of my other wrapping adventures…
These are some of my favourite TAGs’,
we save the ones for our family
and re-use them every year!
like I said, I ❤ Christmas!!

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