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DIY Christmas Gift Bags
The Christmas wrapping market is huge and can also be costly. But a really simple and cost-effective way to wrap your Christmas gifts is to buy inexpensive brown paper craft bags and decorate them yourself.
You can create a really lovely, cohesive look for all your Christmas gifts, that won’t cost as much as traditional wrapping.
In this article, we show how to transform a simple brown paper craft bag into a cute gingerbread house Christmas gift bag.
How to Decorate a Christmas Gift Bag?
Decorating a Christmas gift bag can add a personal and festive touch to your gifts. Here are some creative ideas on how to decorate a Christmas gift bag:
Create a Theme
Pick a specific theme for your gift wrapping and coordinate the decorations accordingly. Whether it’s a winter wonderland, Santa Claus theme, or classic red and green, sticking to a theme can create a really cohesive and visually appealing look.
Add a Ribbon or Bow
Tie a colorful ribbon or a festive bow around the handles of the gift bag. This simple addition can instantly make the bag look more elegant and celebratory.
Attach a Gift Tag
Use a decorative gift tag to add a personal message or the recipient’s name. You can find pre-made tags or create your own using festive paper and string.
Use Stickers or Decals
Decorative Christmas stickers, or decals can be applied to the surface of the gift bag to create a festive theme. Consider using Christmas-themed stickers, glittery decals, or even personalized stickers with the recipient’s name.
Draw or Paint
If you enjoy artistic activities, consider drawing or painting directly onto the gift bag. You could create holiday scenes, write festive messages, or even personalize the bag with the recipient’s name.
Attach small Christmas decorations or embellishments to the gift bag. This could include jingle bells, or you could even make salt dough ornaments that complement your Christmas theme.
Layer with Tissue Paper
Place colourful tissue paper inside the bag, letting it peek out from the top. This not only adds a decorative element but also conceals the gift for an extra element of surprise.
Stamp or Emboss
Use holiday-themed rubber stamps or embossing tools to decorate the surface of the gift bag. This can create intricate designs and patterns that enhance the festive feel.
Glitter or Sparkle
Add a touch of sparkle by applying glitter or sparkly glue to the gift bag. Be mindful of the mess glitter can make, and use it sparingly to avoid excessive cleanup.
Personalise with Photos
If you have a photo of the gift recipient, consider attaching it to the gift bag. This adds a personal touch and makes the gift presentation even more special.
Whether you prefer a simple and classic look or a more elaborate and personalised style, decorating a Christmas gift bag can be as rewarding as giving the actual gift!
Do you Wrap Gifts in a Gift Bag?
It’s up to you! Traditionally, gifts did not used to be wrapped within a gift bag. The purpose of a gift bag was to provide a convenient and attractive way to present a gift without the need for wrapping paper.
However, there are no strict rules, and personal preferences can vary. Some people might choose to put a wrapped gift inside a gift bag for added visual appeal or to provide an extra layer of surprise. In such cases, the wrapped gift serves as the actual present inside the bag, and the bag itself becomes a decorative outer layer.
Whether you choose to wrap a gift in paper or use a gift bag depends on your preferences, the occasion, and the nature of the gift. Both methods are widely accepted, and the choice often comes down to convenience, aesthetics, and personal style.
Why Christmas Gift Bags are the Easiest Choice
Christmas gift bags are often considered easier to use than wrapping paper for several reasons:
Time and Effort
- Gift bags are a quick and convenient option. Simply place the gift in the bag, add some tissue paper, and you’re done.
- Wrapping gifts with paper can be time-consuming, especially if you’re not skilled at it. It may require measuring, cutting, and folding, which can take more time and effort.
- Not everyone is proficient at wrapping gifts neatly with paper. Gift bags provide an easy alternative, making it accessible to people of all skill levels.
- Wrapping presents with paper can be an art that requires practice to perfect. Gift bags eliminate the need for precise cutting and folding.
- Gift bags are often made of durable materials and can be reused multiple times. This is not always the case with wrapping paper, which can tear or get crumpled after a single use.
- The reusability of gift bags can make them a more sustainable option over time.
- Gift bags come in various sizes and designs, making it easy to find one that suits your gift. They can accommodate awkwardly shaped items or larger gifts that might be challenging to wrap with paper.
- Wrapping paper may not always be suitable for certain gift shapes and sizes, leading to more frustration and effort.
- Wrapping paper can generate a lot of waste, with excess paper often ending up on the cutting room floor. Gift bags, on the other hand, are a cleaner option as they generate less mess during the wrapping process. Plus, as already mentioned above, they’re reusable, so less wasteful too.
Concealing the Gift
- You can use a layer of tissue paper to conceal the gift inside the Christmas gift bag, adding an extra layer of surprise. Wrapping paper, while offering a layer of secrecy, might not be as effective at concealing the contents.
Make an Easy DIY Gingerbread House Christmas Gift Bag
- Brown paper craft bag
- Chalk or acrylic marker
- Place the paper bag on a flat surface in front of you.
- Fold the bag in half, length-ways.
- Cut a 45 degree angle from a quarter of the way up the bag to the handles.
- Unfold the bag to reveal your 'house shape.
- Take a chalk pen. You could also use an acrylic pen or even white paint.
- Start to draw your gingerbread house on to the surface of the bag.
- Draw in the windows, door, and roof tiles to make your house as decorative as possible.
- When you're finished, you can fill the DIY gingerbread house Christmas gift bag with gifts and goodies.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.