A couple of weeks ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make paper fans. At the time I thought it was very simple and no one would be interested in it. I’m happy to say I was completely wrong. I got some of the sweetest messages ever fromreaders, who mentioned making paper fans with kids and seniors. And to say, it made my day is an understatement! They also mentioned that they are constantly on the look out for simple paper crafts to try. So, this week I decided to share how to make paper bags at home. Without any fancy materials. And while I’m at it, I made some pretty wrapping paper that can be downloaded and used to make these paper bags. Check it out!
Budget: practically nil
Time taken: 5-7 minutes
- Slightly thick paper
If you’re tying a ribbon, you will also need a single punch hole and some ribbon.
Also, if you would like to use any of these prints, you can download them through the links given below for free. They’re currently sized to a full size wrapping paper sheet. So, you can choose to use them as wrapping paper or make paper bags with them. If you’re using them as wrapping paper, any paper quality will work. Even standard printer paper. However, if you’re making paper bags, you want to use slightly thick paper. Or the paper won’t be able to take the weight of objects put inside it.
Striped Paper (this can be inverted to make the lines vertical)
(Yes, all of them are ombre. I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with adding ombre to everything! :P)
- Start by placing the paper length wise on a flat surface. Fold the two ends of the paper inwards so that they overlap slightly in the middle.
- Paste one side on top of the other.
- Fold about 2-3 cms of the bottom upwards and make a crease.
- Hold the two corners of the bottom together and make a slanted cut from the crease to the edge of the paper.
- Cut the upper half of the fold.
- Paste the remaining fold upwards
Once this is done, the bag is ready But, you can choose to add details to close the top of the bag. One way is to,
- Punch a hole near the upper edge of the bag. For neatness points, make sure the punch is equidistant from the sides.
- Loop the thread and tie it up in a bow.
You can also make a folded flap by following these steps,
- Fold 2 cms of the upper edge of the bag downwards
- Hold the upper corners together and make a slanted cut from the edge to the corners.
- Similar to the bottom, cut off the upper half of the fold.
- Fold the remaining half downwards. You can either let it fall on top of the bag or push it inside like an envelope.
This is probably the most useful paper crafting trick in the book. Because it can be made with practically any kind of paper. You can also check out more simple paper crafts here.
Also, if you have any suggestions on what other basic paper crafts you would like to see, let me know in the comments below!