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How To Make Your Kids Artwork Into A Gift Bag....

Ever had one of those "Oh No!" moments? The gift is ready to go, but there's no wrapping paper! Well rather than throwing the kids in the car to race to the shops, why not get creative?

If you have kids then no doubt you have an abundance of beautiful artworks at home, made with love and artistic flare. So wouldn't it be wonderful to turn some of these artworks into gift wrapping that is almost a present on it's own?

My little lady has a party to go to and I thought lets make her artwork in to a treasured little gift bag, with a matching card. So I rolled out the paper and let the her paint, paint, paint to her heart's content.


Turning The Master Piece Into A Gift Bag

The artist has finished. The artwork is dry. Now you can get started making the gift bag with these simple steps below.

Materials You Will Need


Sticky Tape or Washi Tape 
Sheet of cardboard
Two x Ribbon

Method - (
pictures below to help guide you)

The size of your finished bag will be determined by the starting size of your paper. It will end up roughly half the size and 12.5cm shorter than the starting size

1. Lay the artwork face down, with what will be the bottom of the bag as the edge closest to you. Fold each side in to overlap 2.5cm. Secure this seam with tape inside and out.
2. Fold up 10cm of both layers of the bottom of the bag (edge closest to you).
3. Then gently pull the top layer back down towards you, flattening the side triangles that form.
4. Fold each of the edges so they meet in the middle.
5. Tape to secure the base.
6. Carefully open the bag, standing it on the newly taped base.
7. At the top edge of the bag, make a small 2.5cm cut on each side along the seam. Turn the top edge down 2.5cm to form the top edge of the bag. 
8. Tape the folded top edge down to the inside of the bag.
9. Carefully make 2 small cuts on each side of the top of the bag where you want to locate the handles.
10. Cut the ribbon to the required length for handles, adding enough to accommodate a knot in each end.Thread the end of one ribbon through the pre-cut hole from the outside to the inside of the bag and double knot the end. Repeat with the other end into the other pre-cut hole on the same side of the bag. (Repeat steps 9-10 for the handle on other side of the bag)
11. Tape the knots down on the inside to secure.
12. Cut the cardboard to size to fit in the base of the bag for added strength.

Follow these pictures below to help guide you

Artwork Gift Bag Ready For That Someone Extra Special

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you have fun getting creative. xxBec

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  1. Awesome post !!!

  2. What a fantastic idea Bec! I often use Miss TT's artwork as wrapping paper but never considered making a gift bag out of it. Clever you!! Handmade paper and cards are always so well received. I just wish painting with kids wasn't such a messy activity. At home I find it easier to nude them up first - less washing! They absolutely love doing it so the smiles make up for the mess :)

    1. Thanks Hun. Lol yes its messy business but the excitement and outcome always outweigh the mess. Although saying that I haven't dared let the little man paint yet Eeek!! I couldn't watch. xx


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