Easy Gift Bags | DIY Ideas To Save You Money!
Welcome to the Holiday Blogstravaganza! Today I brought some easy gift bags that you can make with things you already have at home. At the end of the post, you can check out some of my friends amazing ideas!
These bags could’ve been purchased at FamilyDollar, but most likely I grabbed them at one of the kids birthday parties.
This used to be me: At parties, I’d nervously watch the child opening presents, cringing at each rip sound. Waiting for an opportune moment, I’d stroll over and casually collect the ribbons, nonchalantly fold the tissue paper, and gather gift bags. All the while pretending as if I’m only tidying up; not a greedy miser. But knowing that the tissue paper would be ironed, the bags would be reused, and any decorative ribbon would be recycled.
But I don’t even have any shame left. These days I just snatch it up like its gold; shouting, “Save the bags! I keep the bags!” It’s actually kind of sad. But I haven’t paid to wrap a gift in years! I have a small cabinet with gift wrapping supplies, and people stop by pretty regularly to “borrow” a gift bag.
Nowadays at parties, I’ve noticed those same people now swoop in like vultures to grab the goods. Then they nonchalantly walk over and hand me the gift wrapping supplies; as if they were just helping me tidy up. It’s like a secret club. The “never buy a stupid gift bag again” club.
Okay, on with the easy gift bag ideas!
Above, I’ve used scrapbook paper and cut a Christmas tree shape. I glued 2 pieces of paper wrong sides facing to make the tree, and hot glued a line down the center. The idea was to get a 3D effect…but I might go ahead and glue it all the way down. I made a matching gift tag in the same manner, and used a hole punch to secure it with a ribbon. I added some dove shaped buttons from the stash.
You can get extra miser points for using newspaper or a magazine clippings. I’ve had awesome results with greeting cards as well. I just cut out the design or picture from the last years cards!
This pink gift bag was pretty simple too. I cut a piece of ribbon to match the width of the bag, then gathered a scrap piece of purple lace. I glued the ribbon on top of the lace and added a bow.
Cheapskate confession: I used purple lace because I had purple tissue paper I needed to use up. See how this works?
The next easy gift bag idea is glitter. I wasn’t sure about this tree at first. My motto is “When in doubt; get the glue gun out.” So I added some rhinestones to make icicles or tree buds. I’m sure you can come up with some neat glitter ideas. Don’t hate on my tree.
I’m still not totally sold on this bag, but I did tie on a cute glittered ornament. I’ve also bought shoelaces and made a bow with them; and candy canes or lollipops are fun too. If you want to keep it extra Scroogey, freeze the candies from your kids Halloween bucket and use them.
One of my super easy, extra tightwad tricks is to stamp a paper lunch sack. Fold it down, hole punch that sucka, and add some curly ribbon.
Do you have some ideas for easy gift bags, or extra frugal gift wrapping secrets? Share them, and you can be in the club too!
Here are some more fabulous holiday ideas, and stay tuned for an extra special Holiday Giveaway from Easy Canvas coming soon!