How to make Easy Paper Bag/ DIY Paper Flower/ Handmade Gift Bag
How to Decorate a Paper Bag
If you are looking for a quick and easy afternoon project, DIY paper bag decorating can be fun for the whole family. It is a great way to engage your children in crafts and have them explore their artistic sides. Trying new projects like adding doilies and ribbon, creating your own gift wrap, crafting paper flowers, and making paper bag kites, can keep you and your kids entertained for hours.
Adding Doilies and Ribbons
Fold your doily in half over the top of the bag.For this decoration use a paper lunch sack. Place the doily on top of the bag so that the edges are even on both sides.
- You can always fold the doily in half before placing it on top of the bag to make sure you are getting an even fold.
Use a hole punch to make a hole in the center of the doily.The hole should be on the side of the bag rather than the top. Try to make the hole as centered as possible and keep it at least to 1 in (1.3 to 2.5 cm) away from all 4 edges.
- The hole must go through both sides of the doily and the paper bag completely.
Cut a piece of ribbon and pull it through the hole.You can use any color, style, or type of ribbon you want to, however, make sure it is pliable enough to be folded into a bow. The piece of ribbon should be 4 to 6 in (10 to 15 cm) long.
- Don’t worry if the piece of ribbon you cut is too long. It is better to have a bit of excess of ribbon to work with rather than not enough.
Tie the ribbon in a knot or a bow.Tie your knot so that it sits on top of the bag. If you want the bow centered on the face of the bag, tie the first knot so it lines up with the center hole. Depending on the type of ribbon you choose, you can tie it into a bow or use scissors to curl the edges.
- You can cut off any excess ribbon after fastening the bow.
Creating Your Own Gift Wrap
Cut a paper grocery bag along the side seams.Follow the seams as close as you can to create an even surface and repeat on the other side. Make sure that as you are cutting your bag will create 1 big, flat sheet of paper when you are done.
- If you are working with children, help them make as flat of a surface as possible.
- If your grocery bag has words or designs on it, turn it inside out before continuing.
Wrap your gift like normal.Start by placing your gift on the inside of the paper, so the open side of the paper is facing up. Fold the paper over the gift so that the longest sides of paper meet in the middle and secure them with tape. To fold the paper on the open ends of the box, fold each corner inward to create a 45-degree-angle.
- Fold down the flap and use the top of the box to crease the edge and crease the paper again where it meets the bottom edge.
- Bring the bottom edge up so that it meets the top of the box and secure it with tape.
- Repeat the last step on the other open end.
Decorate your gift with ribbons and bows.You can use any decoration techniques that you like. If your kids are the ones making the gift wrap, let them make each gift their own by using markers, crayons, and stickers to decorate. If the gift wrap is for an adult, wrap ribbons, doilies, or twine around the package.
- You can create your own bows by tying them with ribbon or twine or use purchased bows that come ready to stick on with double-sided tape. Doilies are also a great option to decorate gifts; glue the doily directly on the gift and secure a bow in the center of it. Use craft PVA glue or Mod Podge adhesive for the best results.
- If your children use paints to decorate, make sure and put newspapers or towels under their work area to make clean up easy.
Create your own gift tag.If you don’t have any gift tags handy, you can easily make one by cutting a shape out of construction paper. You can add your own tag or write your message directly on the gift wrap for a special gift exchange.
- You can also create your own tag by cutting it out of newspaper or white paper, folding it in half, and writing your own personalized message.
Crafting Paper Flowers
Draw your own petals or download a template.You can download a flower pattern template online or draw your own to make your package truly unique. Make about 6 small petals and 6 large petals to create a 3-dimensional look.
- Try to keep the petals all relatively the same shape while varying the size.
- If you are printing a template, print it on letter size paper.
Remove the petal patterns from the template and trace them on paper.When you cut out the template, follow the lines as closely as you can. Use a pencil to trace the patterns onto any type of paper you like. Leave in (1.3 cm) of space between each petal.
- Choose paper in various colors to create fun, bright flowers.
- If you are doing this project with small children, never allow them to handle scissors without supervision.
Cut out the paper petals.Follow the lines of your trace to cut out the petals. Make sure that you cut enough large petals to use along the edges of the flower and plenty of small petals to use for the center.
Gather and twist each paper petal.To create a crinkled look on your petals, gently condense the paper by gathering it in your hand. Give each section of the petal a light twist and then untwist it to get the shape back.
- Creating a crinkled look is optional.
Cut fringes in a sheet of white paper and use newspaper to make the stems.Don’t make the fringes longer than 1 in (2.5 cm). Lay the sheet of newspaper on top of the white paper with the fringed edged on the same side.
- If the sheet of newspaper is larger than the white paper, cut off the excess newspaper to make them the same size.
Roll the sheet of white paper and newspaper together and secure them with glue.Make the roll as tight as you can. The width of the paper roll should be no larger than a pencil. Use a few dots of craft PVA glue along the edge to keep the roll in place. After the paper roll is secure, gently space out the fringes.
- You can also use double-sided tape to secure the edges of the paper roll. Make sure you only use paper tape because regular tape may not stick.
- Use school grade PVA glue if you are working with young children.
Glue the smaller petals in a spiral pattern around the center of the stem.The smaller petals will make up the center of your flower, so it is okay if they are slightly overlapping. Use a small dab of craft PVA glue to secure your petals to the stem.
Line the outside of the flower with the larger petals.Use another small dab of craft PVA glue to place the large petals around the small ones. The petals should be long enough to reach the stem, but if some of them fall short, attach them to the outside of the small petals.
Secure the flowers to your paper bag with glue.Put a line of glue along the stem of the flower and attach it to the paper bag. For smaller packages, you can cut off the stem so the flower sits upright on the package.
- You can use paper tape to attach the flower to the package. If you have removed the stem then you should glue it to keep it secured.
Making Paper Bag Kites
Decorate the paper bag with markers, stickers, or stamps.There are many possibilities when decorating your bag. You can use anything from markers to watercolors and stickers to washi tape. Have fun personalizing your bag!
- You can draw flowers, spirals, or animals to personalize your paper bag kite. Use stickers to add your favorite characters to the bag or color it with markers.
- If you choose to use watercolor paint, the bag must be completely dry before moving to the next step.
Make a small hole in the bottom of the bag.The slit will be used to secure the kite string, so it should fit a piece of yarn or string through it, without letting it slip out. The slit size you make will vary depending on the thickness of your string.
- Monitor small children when allowing them to use scissors.
Cut a piece of string so it is 18 to 24 in (46 to 61 cm) long.Tie one end of the cut yarn to the middle of a craft stick. Then, take the opposite end of the string and pull it through the slit in the bottom of the bag.
- The craft stick will keep the string in the bag when you’re flying your kite.
Attach streamers to the open end of the bag.You can either create your own streamers by cutting them out of cardstock or purchase them from a local party store. Use tape to connect the streamers to the open edge of the bag. After you have secured your streamers, you are ready to fly your paper bag kite!
Fly your kite.If there is light or steady wind, then it is the perfect time to fly your kite. Stand with your back to the wind and hold the kite up so that the open end is facing the ground. Wait for a slight gust of wind and let the opening of the kite fill with air. Once you feel the kite slightly pull away from you, let go and pull the string so that the kite is pointing towards the sky. This will help it climb as far as it can.
- Depending on the wind you may need to repeat this process until your kite flies on its own. The ideal wind speed is when the leaves on the trees and bushes are moving gently. If they are moving rapidly, it is too windy to fly your kite.
- If the wind is too strong or it is storming do not go outside to fly your kite. Storms, especially electrical storms, can cause dangerous conditions to be outside in.
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