Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dressing Up Papers Bag for Holiday Gift Giving

The holiday's are coming up--which means lots of gift wrapping!

Transforming a plain ol' paper lunch sack into a classy gift giving bag is simple.  These bags are perfect for delivering small gifts or holding holiday treats wrapped in parchment paper.

To print "Sweet Greetings" on this white sack I ran it through my printer using the image I found here.  Then, after folding over the top, I punched two small holes and tied a ribbon through them.  I love this simple and classy look.

To create this bag I folded over the top of the bag and placed a doilie (with one side cut off) over the fold.  I then added a simple gift tag on top.  To add the green stitched line I ran the bag through my sewing machine.

This sack is one of my favorites.  After folding the top over I traced a scalloped edge onto the end of the bag and cut along the lines.  Using a single hole punch I placed holes along the scalloped edge.  I love how it gives off the look of eyelet fabric.  I then strung some bakers twine around the bag a few times and added a simple Merry Christmas gift tag.
I think this same idea would make for some beautiful mother's day wrapping using a white bag and pink ribbon.  There are so many possibilities.

Use the scalloped edge below to help you create the same look.  Click on picture below to enlarge.  Then copy and paste into a word document.  Adjust the size to fit your bag.  Mine was five inches.

This bag shows another way to use a doilie to dress up your bag.   First, I ran the bag through my printer to add Merry Christmas.  I then placed a doilie folded in half over the top, punched two holes and strung a ribbon through.

For this last bag I folded the top over twice, then layered two ribbons on top of each other, rapped them around the bag and secured them with some doubled sided tape.  I then used this free printable tag from Kara's Party Ideas to add the final touch.

Here they all are.  What a transformation!  Which is your favorite?


  1. Love these! I like the white and red "sweet things" bag--but they're all so fun!

  2. Absolutely awesome. This reminds me of the season I wrapped everything on brown craft paper and stamped Merry Christmas with a rubber stamp I had made. Green and red stamp pads. I wonder if I still have that? Clever bags for cookies.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  3. Hey Amy! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop each Friday until Christmas and share your creations! I use brown paper sacks for EVERYTHING and forget how cute they can be for gifts. I love how you put it through the sewing machine!

  4. Just stopping by to say thanks for linking up at The Merriest Blog Hop! This post was great. It's amazing how many ways you can dress up a paper bag. I hope we'll see you again for the next party!


  5. It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I chose your post as one of my FEATURED ideas this week! Yay! Please keep those good ideas coming and grab a button to tell everyone you were featured :)

  6. These are so pretty!! I'd love to devour whatever baked goodies are inside those baggies ;)
    Thank you for linking up at our Holiday link party!
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

    -Jane @