How to: make a homemade gift bag.

brown paper gift bag

Who wants to make a homemade gift bag today?  I do, I do!  Seriously, the economy is terrible & you can save a few dollars making this darling gift bag yourself; you probably have what it takes to make this in your house right this second.

Supplies for a homemade gift bag:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Brown lunch sack
  • Scrapbook brads

Step 1:

Rip several pieces of scrapbook paper into little jagged edge circles.  You’re making flowers out of paper and the circles are the petals, so the sizes you rip is totally up to you.  My biggest circle was about 2″ in diameter.

Step 2:

Rip as many circles as you’d like layers of the flower.  Lay them out on top of each other until you’re happy with what you have.

Step 3:

Grab a scrapbooking brad and poke it through the middle of all the layers of the ripped paper, one piece at a time.

Like so.

Step 4:

Attach the flower to the brown paper bag wherever you’d like, willy nilly.

Attach as many flowers as you please.  Three was my lucky number for this gift bag.  I also chose to keep the color of the flowers monochromatic but it would be fun to use a bunch of different patterns and colors of scrapbook paper.

Step 5: {Totally Optional}

I sewed the top of the bag closed with a present inside, just for kicks and giggles.  I think it gives it an extra homemade look.  I literally just sewed the top closed, no frills.

Did you even know you can sew on paper?  You can, and it’s cute and super easy.

brown paper gift bag

That’s it!  Your very own handmade gift bag in less than 10 minutes, using only 3 supplies.

Can you handle the cute?

Make it yourself and let me know how it works out!  I’m thinking for bigger presents I’ll use a big brown paper grocery bag, covering up the store logo with large flowers overlapping each other.

Have fun making your own.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. kelleynr :

    Super Super cute and I think even I could do this one with my limited craft abilities.

    • Petit Elefant :


      You can totally do this. My 5 year old can do this.

  2. Heather :

    I am in love with this super easy idea. I keep gift bags on-hand, but every once and a while I need a smaller bag and just don’t have one – this is PERFECT! Thanks for the tip & tutorial. btw- loving the blue nail polish! :)

    • Petit Elefant :

      So glad you like it, it’s so fun to make and would be a darling way to give a gift!

      The blue nail polish is my new summer favorite.

  3. Tauni :

    What a great idea and inexpensive to boot! These would be great for little treats for the neighbors and I’ve just had some move in…so much cuter than a disposable plate of some kind.

    I am enjoying your blue polished nails as well. As for me, I am wearing color on my nails for the first time since junior high…a lovely Social Luxe sponsored OPI polish from EVO. It reminds me of what a good time I had there every time I sit down to type. Thanks!

    • Petit Elefant :


      Wouldn’t that be a cute way to welcome someone to the neighborhood? Seriously, I’d die.

      So glad you love the nail polish, OPI is my favorite!

    • Petit Elefant :


      You’re so welcome, I hope you get to try it!

  4. Tiffany :

    So incredibly cute, I can hardly take it!

    • Allison :


      Even better? SO incredibly easy!

    • Petit Elefant :

      You are so welcome, glad you love it too!

  5. Wifey :

    Love this. “Can you handle the cute?” love that, too!

    Winks & Smiles,

  6. Petit Elefant :


    I never can seem to handle the cute! ;)

  7. Kathleen :

    What a clever idea! I see so many possibilities in these, from using torn packaging and even maps. Thanks for sharing.

    • Allison :


      This is where you show your true colors as an art teacher! I never would have thought of maps in a million years, but it’s brilliant!