Scrambling to wrap a gift but don’t have a bag or a box? No problem! You can learn how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper in four simple steps. You probably even have the materials you need lying around the house. Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Measure the width of your gift. Once you know how much paper you need, fold the wrapping paper in half. Seal with tape and fold the bottom end up.

Step 2: Open the bottom end so the inside of the paper is revealed. Fold the left and right edges in, then fold the top and bottom in as well. Use tape to seal all of the folds.

Step 3: Flip the bag and open. Place your gift in and fold the top over.

Step 4: Punch holes and insert your ribbon to seal.

Gift Bag Wrapping Tips

To make sure that the gift bag you create holds up, keep these things in mind.

  • Medium weight wrapping paper is ideal because it’s sturdy, but not difficult to fold.
  • Your bag should be twice as tall as it is wide.
  • These gift bags are not recommended for items that are extremely tall and/or heavy.
  • You can always add a piece of cardboard to the bottom of the bag to make it more sturdy.
  • If something feels flimsy, add more tape!

Gift Bag Decorating Ideas

Now that you’ve learned how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, it’s time to decorate it! You can use fun ribbon, washi tape, letters, gift tags, candy, stickers and even a pretty photo.

Gift-giving is a thoughtful, heart-warming tradition that should never feel too complicated. With this simple gift wrapping idea, you’ll want to buy gifts for everyone! Check out our personalized gifts for that extra special touch – whether it be a special birthday, anniversary or just because you want to show your love, there are options for any occasion.