Monday, August 2, 2010

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Newspaper Gift Bags!
I made them in three sizes. They are very easy to make from old newspaper, I used our local papers which are free, even better ! I used jute string for handles that I brought from bunnings . Then all you need is some glue and newspaper and a box that you will need to use for the shape of the bag . I used two sheets of paper for double thickness for more strength . To start making you need a box about the same size as the bag you want to make , the large bag I used a cornflake box , the medium size a box of biscuits and the small one a rooibis tea box ! I'm sure you will find some around the house . I first folded over the top about an inch twice then you wrap it up like you would a present but you leave one end open and you fold the bottom in like photo below .
Then finger press all the sides to give it a sharper finish. Then you will need to get a punch and punch 2 holes each side to thread the jute through (you could use ribbon if you like ) for the handles or scraps of fabric or rope  and then tie to secure ! that's it how simple is that ! Then you decorate if you like , if you want to add gift card thread it on before securing the knot. To make bottom a little stronger you could fold a piece of paper a few times to make it thick and sit it in the bottom or scrap cardboard to keep the shape better with a heavier gift inside . I made a few of these years ago but I used fancy paper not newspaper .

They are great to use when your children go to school friends parties ! Give it a try they are fun to make ,get the children involved, teach them that recycling can save money !

My next post will be heaps of uses for newspaper !
So stay tuned for the next exciting adventure !
Yes you guessed it using newspapers ! How exciting is that !


  1. I love this idea, thanks :)

  2. These bags are a great idea for recycling. Thank you so much for sharing...

    Best wishes,


  3. So clever. Great recycling idea. :)

  4. That's awesome! Could easily adjust the segments of the paper that you use to go with the audience - ie cartoons for a kids party, car section for a car fan, housing section for a house warming party!

  5. Great to recycle newspaper, Sherrie. Many years ago I made door mats out of newspaper. You folded the paper into inch wide strips, then wove them together, and they lasted for ages.

  6. Love this idea! :> I have used the funny papers to wrap presents but never though of making bags! I made cloth bags years ago to put our holiday presents for the family in and now it is a tradition to use these same bags. Sarah

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