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How To Make A Gift Bag With Scrapbook Paper

I have a super fun (and easy) project for you today……How To Make A Gift Bag With Scrapbook Paper or as we call it in the Stampin’ Up! world….designer series paper!!  The holidays are approaching and this is a perfect way to use up that DSP (Designer Series Paper) that you are hoarding!  I know, I know….we have talked about this before!  STOP HOARDING!  Use up all that pretty Christmas paper you have to make these adorable gift bags for all your gift giving!!!!

And, you not only get DSP (scrapbook paper) ideas from me today, but the International Design Team is back again with our monthly blog hop.  This month we are featuring the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper on page 13 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  After checking out my paper craft gift bag, make sure to HOP AROUND the world to the other demonstrator blogs to see their projects with this same paper!

There are links at the bottom of this post to all the other blogs!  And please–leave a comment on each, we really do love to hear what you think about our card ideas and projects!  And then, if you are from the United States, make sure to come back here to place your order for this fun paper, and anything else you may need.

How To Make A Gift Bag With Scrapbook Paper

As you know, each month the design team has been featuring a different Designer Series Paper.  Although the Festive Farmhouse DSP is in the Holiday Catalog, it’s not just for Christmas.  The plaids are perfect for DIY gift bags. Make a bag to put your favorite man’s gift in!  You might just want to stock up on this paper for year round use whether it’s cardmaking, handmade paper gift bags, or scrapbook paper.

How to make a gift bag with scrapbook paper

Learn how to make a gift bag out of scrapbook paper (DSP) quickly and easily.  Watch the video to find out how to make different size gift bags!

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Fun Fold Video using Picture Perfect Birthday

Cutting & Scoring

Here are the cutting and scoring directions when using (2) pieces of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.

On both pieces, score on (3) sides at 1 1/2″ and on (1) side at 1″

DIY Gift Bags Template

After scoring, on (1) of the pieces, cut on the score line as shown below

Gift Bag Ideas and template by Jackie Bolhuis

And on the other piece, cut the 2 bottom corners out as shown below

Handmade paper gift bags template

And now, watch the video to assemble!

Paper Craft Ideas DIY Gift Bags

Larger Size

The larger one in the picture above is made with (2) 12″ x 12″ pieces of DSP.  They are scored on (3) sides at 3″ and on (1) side at 2″.  Besides that, they go together exactly the same!


What Do You Think?

I would love to hear from you! Do you like the larger bags or the smaller ones? Let me know in the comments.

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I hope you like my projects and that you now go and HOP AROUND and visit all of my friends from around the world.

Here are all the links for the other blogs. Simply click on each name to check out their project.  Each one will have another project for you using the same Designer Series Paper (DSP). And then, if you live in the United States, and would like to order any of these products, just come back here to place your order.

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61 thoughts on “How To Make A Gift Bag With Scrapbook Paper”

  1. I love your videos, Jackie! You do a great job making videos and you make them often, which I love, love, love! These are wonderful bags. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much! I truly appreciate those kind words. I love bringing you all ideas every week. Thanks so much for watching and commenting!!

  2. I have been looking for an easy bag to make and finally you made it possible. I love the bags and so glad I found your web site. Thank you so much.

  3. I can NOT believe how easy these bags are to make! Even me with ALL thumbs can make beautiful bags now! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with us who needed help!

  4. Glad I found you!! I like how you make the ideas so simple Thanks Such a good way to use up extra dsp! I am looking for a simple stand up card for small calendar Do you have any ideas!

  5. I love these bags. Will be perfect for Christmas for the ornaments I give the grandchildren for Christmas every year. By the time they are grown up they have enough for their own tree.

  6. Well, you have done it again. The last several years I have been making boxes to put quarters and candy in. My Ruth Circle from church play Bingo with people in an Assistant Living facility every month. They like quarters so they can get things out of the vending machines. I have been wanting to do something different. I am hoping these bags will work. I told you all of this because I was hoping you could tell me if you think one of these bags could hold $5. worth of quarters. I will have to play around with the size. I wrap the quarters in tissue paper and tie them up with a ribbon before putting them in the box.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner Jeannette. I would expect these bag will hold the $5 worth of quarters. You might want to cut a layer or two of cardboard–even from products you have around the house–cereal boxes, crackers boxes, etc. and you could wrap some DSP around that too if you didn’t want it showing–and place that in the bottom of your bag to support the extra weight. This may not be necessary but if you are not sure if the bag will hold the weight that’s what I would suggest. Merry Christmas!!

  7. Thanks so much for this great tutorial! I’m fairly new to card- making and I love learning new things that aren’t super complicated. I’m very excited to make one of these cards. Looking forward to many more videos. Also, the paper packs are just gorgeous! I’d love to get them all! But, what happened to me was that I had so little guidance when starting out, I purchased quite a bit of things that I really don’t need… 20 books of DSP is just 1 example ?. As soon as I can get something more, I’ll definitely be getting these books.

    • Hi Christie….keeping it easy and “doable” is the name of my game. I want to make sure people use products they purchase and learn quickly and easy cardmaking. Stick with me and I will have you creating lots of cards! Merry Christmas.

  8. Wanting to get back into card making and scrapbooking. Please send me a catalog. Thanks.

    Pam Eskam
    22 Bluestem
    Scottsbluff NE 69361

  9. Oh my these are super. I will be making them(small one)for my granddaughter’s next birthday party as take home favors filled with goodies.

  10. I love this idea. I make soap and have been looking for a sweet way to gift them. Two bars fit perfectly and I can adjust the size and colors to match. You really did a great job and video making it easy.

    • Homemade soap—that sounds like a lot of fun!! This sounds like a lovely way to gift them Nancy! I’m so thrilled you like this project. Have a great day!

  11. Hello Jackie, do you have cutting and scoring dimensions on other size bags? Or how do I figure how to score them. Im terrible at figuring this out?

    Thank you

    • Hi Pat! It really depends on what size bag you want to make. You probably wouldn’t want to make any larger than the 12X12 paper since that’s the size large designer paper comes in. I gave you the measurements for that and the 6×6 size in the video. If you cut your paper any size between that you want to make sure you have 2 pieces of the same size and I would keep them even sizes. Honestly, play around with it a bit. Try an 8X8 and score 2 inches on three size and 1 1/2 inches for the top fold down and see if you like that size and let me know.

  12. Such simple & helpful instructions! I love making boxes & bags. I’m going to make a tiny gift bag to add a crocheted sloth for someone who just loves sloths!


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