How to Make a Paper Bag
You might not pay much attention to the paper bags you get after making a purchase at a store. With a little creativity and inspiration, you could make your own paper bag using designer papers and other pretty embellishments. Make a bag in any size and out of any type of heavy paper to use as a gift bag or simple storage.
Things You'll Need
- Wrapping Paper
Cut a piece of paper 9 1/2 inches by 15 inches.
Position the paper on a flat work surface. If the paper has a patterned side, place the pattern down. Orient the paper with the long edges at the top and bottom. Fold the bottom edge up 2 inches, sharply crease the fold and unfold it.
Find the center points of the top and bottom edges. Make two small pencil marks at the top edge of the paper, 1/2 inch to the left and 1/2 inch to the right of the center point. Repeat on the bottom edge. Turn the paper over and make the same marks on this side as well.
Bring the right edge toward the center of the paper so that it lines up with the marks made to the left of the center point. Sharply crease this right fold and unfold the flap. Repeat the same process on the left edge.
Turn the paper over. Bring the left and right edges to the same points as you did previously. Glue the entire left edge to the right edge at the point where the edges overlap by 1 inch. Do not crease the edges. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
Place the seamed side of the bag down. Push the left and right creases in about 1 1/2 inches so that they fold in toward the center. Lay the bag flat and crease the sides of the bag so the folds sandwich between the front and back of the bag.
Locate the line of the first crease you made. This is the bottom of the bag. Fold the bottom edge of the bag up 4 inches and crease sharply. When you release the paper, the bottom edge of the bag should be slightly erect.
Open up the bottom edges of the bag to create an upright, open-ended box. The box should open up along the fold lines and this fold line should be touching the bag's surface. If you look down into the box, you should see two paper triangles facing each other.
Push the side creases of the box inward and bring either free edge of the box down to lie flat. Bring the remaining free edge down on top of the other and glue it into place. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly and open the bag.
- Use heavy wrapping paper to create holiday gift bags.
- Make all creases as sharp as possible. Try running a pencil or other hard object along each crease to sharpen it.
- Place a paperweight or other heavy object on top of the glued areas while you wait for them to dry.
- Decorate one side of the paper with decorative stamps, paints, crayons or markers. Allow any paint or ink to dry thoroughly.
- Practice the process on scrap paper first. Once you learn the technique, advance to making bags from any heavy paper.