If you are like me, then you get a plethora of Seed Catalogs in the mail. Why not re-use those seed catalogs as Gift bags? I tried this out and it works pretty well
First take 3 sheets or paper out of the catalog For a stronger bag you could use the covers)
Then cut the ripped edge of the paper square (straight) I use a paper cutter to make sure it all comes out even.
Then measure and cut a piece of cardboard – make this as deep as you want the bag. I cut mine about3” X the length of width of the bag.
Then cut 1 piece of the catalog paper the same height/depth as the cardboard (3”) These will be the sides of your gift bag
Take the large sheets of your catalog paper and fold as follows- 1” on the bottom, 1” on each side. IT should look like this when done. Do this to both sheets.
Now fold the Side sheets you cut… again1 inch on the bottom, 1” on the sides.
Now glue the bottoms of the two larger sheets to the cardboard. I use a glue stick.
And glue the side sheets.
Now Glue the side sheets to the large sheets.
Punch a couple of holes in the top and thread some yarn or jute twine through the holes for handles (Note I use a piece of Duct tape on the insides of the bag for strength. I suppose one could use Gummed reinforcements as well. I had Duct tape on hand).
You’re done. You now have a gift bag perfect for Housewarming, birthday presents. There are a multitude of options… Christmas catalogs for Christmas time, or you could probably use various magazines for other times or themes.
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