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Last Updated on July 7, 2022

Never buy pre-made gift bags again! Learn how to make a gift bag from wrapping paper. It only takes a few simple steps and is the PERFECT solution for oddly shaped items!

You know I love all kinds of DIY crafts, especially when they also save me money. This simple tutorial about how to make a gift bag from wrapping paper is a perfect example. These DIY gift bags are so easy to make and I think they are even cuter than store-bought options!

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I saw a video on Facebook around Christmas that I believe was posted by The Today Show (or another morning show–I can't remember which one it was) demonstrating how to use gift wrap to make a paper bag for your present. I was captivated and amazed. What a fabulous money-saving trick! And I have tons of beautiful wrapping paper, while beautiful gift bags aren't that easy to come by.

I made my first two bags for our twin girls' 4th birthday. Our “big” gift to each of them was a Fur-Real Kitty that was oddly shaped and would not fit into any box that we had and it was too awkward to wrap. So, I decided to give making my own wrapping paper gift bags a try and I was thrilled with how they turned out. My girls are now 11-years-old and I have made my own gift bags more times than I can count!

If you prefer to watch a video to learn how to make a gift bag, check out the short video below. If you prefer written step-by-step instructions, I've included those as well :)

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How to Make a Gift Bag from Wrapping Paper

Materials Needed to Make a DIY Gift Bag


Steps to Make a DIY Gift Bag

1) Roll out some of your wrapping paper on a flat surface and place the oddly shaped item that you want to wrap on top of it. Make sure you use enough paper to cover the item. Cut your wrapping paper to size.

2) Place your paper face down on your table. Fold the right and left sides in until they meet in the middle and overlap some. Tape the seam.

folding gift wrap over gift

3) Fold the bottom of the wrapping paper up to create the bottom of the bag.

folding bottom of DIY gift bag from wrapping paper

4) This is the trickiest step in how to make a gift bag, but I promise it's easy after you do it once! Separate the two pieces of wrapping paper and flatten out the corners to create a diamond shape.

making a wrapping paper gift bag
folding a wrapping paper gift bag

5) Fold the top and bottom corners in toward the inside of the diamond and make creases. Tape the triangle shape flaps in place.

making a wrapping paper gift bag

6) Open your bag. Then fold the top flap of the bag over to the backside. Use your hole punch through the top of the bag for the ribbon of your choosing.

wrapping paper gift bag with top folded over
punching hole for ribbon in the top of a DIY bag

 8) Attach a gift tag, thread ribbon through, knot and tie a bow, and you are DONE! You can use tissue paper to fill it out if you need it to. Now you know how to make a gift bag from wrapping paper! How cute are these DIY gift bags?

DIY wrapping paper gift bags, boxes and ribbons
DIY wrapping paper gift bag
DIY wrapping paper gift bag and scissors, ribbons and boxes

What do you think? Just a few easy steps to creating the perfect wrapping paper bags. Now that you know how to make a gift bag, will you ever buy gift bags again?!  I don't think I will. 

Want some great ideas for beautiful wrapping paper? Below are some of my favorites. I love high-end paper for this project. Even at a higher price point it still makes a more affordable bag. Also, it tends to be thicker paper and I can find amazing unique and different patterns. Some of these options come in a roll of wrapping paper or in packs of single sheets (which are even faster and easier!). Grab a few of your favorites and keep them on hand to make your own quick and easy DIY gift bags!

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  1. My mom and I were wrapping gifts, and although our bag didn’t go quite as planned (not really sure what happened…), it did end up being a beautiful gift bag. Thanks for the directions!

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  3. Darlene McCombs says:

    I just wanted to say your instructions where right on point. The toy figurines I bought for my grandchildren worked really well with this gift bag idea. Love it.

  4. […] love how Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body made a gift bag from wrapping paper.  We have all been there.  We have an odd size gift and no […]

  5. […] want to buy multiple bags for gifts that won’t fit in a box? Use this simple trick using wrapping paper to create a gift […]

  6. […] those oddball presents that look SUPER sloppy if you try to wrap them. There’s a tutorial on this site, but if you’re still having trouble, there is a video tutorial […]

  7. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful, thanks!

  8. It is a very original way of doing paper bags.
    Nice post

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