How to Make Gift Bags from Newspaper

by Rachel Baker on May 3, 2014

My mother is the queen of beautiful gifting. I’m pretty sure if I walked in with one of these gift bags, she’d be more than thrilled that I haven’t given up on the whole ‘make a pretty gift’ thing.

When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today’s DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here’s what I used to create a bag that’s 5″ tall, 4.5″ wide, and 3″ deep.

Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness.

Cut out a rectangle that’s 15.5″ wide and 8.25″ tall. If your paper already has a fold in it, align the existing fold with one of the fold lines in the diagram below, unless you don’t mind an extra fold appearing somewhere on your bag. I cut out this rectangle, then flipped the paper over so the blue area would be on the outside of the bag.

Read more on how to do this, here:

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