Gift Packaging—Designer Paper Mini Gift Bags

Hi Stamping Friends!  Happy 12/12/12!

This week, we're taking a look at some fun gift packaging ideas.  So far we've seen two craft boxes, one with a 4-Step Paper Bow, and one with a Sparkly Tulle Poinsettia Bow

Today, we're continuing with our gift packaging theme in a Mini way!  Mini Gift Bags, that is!  Jackie Bolhuis of had a fabulous presentation at the Lansing Regionals that included all sorts of gift bag ideas!  So much fun!  I couldn't wait to make a couple to share with you! 

This Is A Wow Technique! We'll be creating one of these cute bags at our Wow Techniques Class on Friday night!  Hope you can join us! Contact me by Thursday at 5pm to reserve your spot! 

Gift bags - two cool

I think these are the most adorable little bags!  Don't you?  They are created out of 2/3 of a sheet of Designer Series Paper and stand 4" tall, not including the handles.  Like the craft gift boxes we've already seen, these are the perfect size for smaller gifts like gift cards or money, jewelry, candy, and more! 

Gift bags - ornament 
Gift bags - ornament back

I used Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper for the bag and matching Gumball Green Sweater Trim for the handles. 

Gift bags - ornament 2

The front is decorated with a Gumball Green Labels Collection Framelit die-cut that's texture embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder.  The Ornament Keepsakes image is stamped in Primrose Petals and die-cut with the coordinating Holiday Ornament Framelits die.  A Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine bow and Rhinestone Jewels dress it up!

Gift bag - candy cane

The second bag is also done with Be of Good Cheer DSP.  I stamped the candy cane from Scentsational Season cut with the matching Holiday Collection Framelit die.  The candy cane was colored with Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler markers before stamping, then I added some Red and Green Dazzling Details for some sparkle.

Gift bags - candy cane tulle

My handles are 1-1/4" Cotton Ribbon that is stamped with the Snowflake Party Builder Wheel in Cherry Cobbler.  I added some Sparkly Tulle with my tissue—the perfect touch! 


Create Your Own Mini Gift Bags

Gift bags - template

  • Start with a piece of DSP that is 8"x12".
  • Along the 12" side, score at 1", 5", 7", and 11".
  • Along the 8" side, score at 2" and 6".
  • Slit the paper on both sides at the 5" and 7" marks up to the intersecting line.  I have hash marks through the lines on my template above where to cut. 

Gift bags - template 2.5

  • Notch out each side of the center tab to create a "V" shape so that the corners fit together better.  Do not cut the larger panels.
  • Decide which side of the paper you want for the front.  This photo is the inside of my bag.  The outer 1" panels will fold down to become the border around the top of the bag. 
  • Add Sticky Strip to the outer edges of the "side" panels on one side only, as shown above.

Gift bags - template 4

  • Flip the paper over and add Sticky Strip to the center panels that will fold down to become the border.  Do not adhere the outer panels of this border yet.

Gift bags - template 2 
Gift bags - template 5

  • Fold the sides of your bag up.  The small center tab will be sandwiched in between the larger side panels.  The above photos both show this step.  I wasn't sure you could tell what was happening with the actual DSP, so I showed it with the template, too. 

Gift bags - template 6

  • The one folded border will overlap the other to interlock the sides. 
  • Once you have figured out how to assemble it, then go ahead and peel off the Sticky Strip liner and adhere it.

Gift bags - template 7 

  • Add a Glue Dot under the corner flap of the border to tack it down.
  • Repeat assembly on the other side of the bag.

Gift bags - template 8 

  • Punch a couple holes on each side of the bag border with a 1/4" Circle Punch. 
  • Add a ribbon handle by threading the ends through the holes and knotting them. You'll need between 8" to 12" of ribbon, depending on how long you want the handles and how thick the ribbon is for knotting. 


Complete Supply List:


Mini bags owl - jackie 
Mini bags coffee - jackie

Thanks again to Jackie Bolhuis of
for her inspiration.  Here are the two Mini Gift Bags that she shared with us at the Lansing Regional.  These are also with Be of Good Cheer DSP.  The first one is with the Owl Occasions stamp and the second one is with Scentsational Season.  Love them! 

You can find all the supplies to create these projects & more at my Online Store!



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