Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DIY holiday treat bags

I can hardly believe it's that time of year again, but here we are friends! Life gets a little hectic this time of year, and it seems like during the holiday season I always inadvertently leave someone off my shopping list and need a last minute gift idea.

Today I'm sharing these DIY holiday treat bags that are super cute and super easy to make—they’re the perfect spur-of-the-moment packaging for any small gift (though I personally like to fill them with treats). To make these all you need is a 12x12 sheet of patterned scrapbook paper (which we all have on hand), some adhesive (optional), and some embellishments. Sounds easy right? Let me show you just how easy it is.




Start by scoring your 12x12 paper at 3” and 9”. Then rotate the paper 90° and score at 4 ½”, 6 ½”, and 11”.


Rotate your paper back 90° to the original starting point and fold in the paper at the 3” and 9” score lines as seen below. Then crease along the horizontal score lines at 4 ½”, 6 ½” and 11”—your paper should look like this.


Now we need to make the sides of the bag. With your paper folded like the above photo, fold your 4 ½” horizontal score lines (mountain fold) pulling them outward and lining them up along the outside vertical edges of the folded paper.


Repeat the same process with the 6 ½” horizontal score lines. This will create two diagonal folds on each side, and your paper should end up looking like this.


You can adhere the front and back of the bag to the sides, and fold the top flap over the front of the bag. Or you can just fold up the bag and secure the top with ribbon or twine, without using any adhesive—it’s up to you. Now you’re ready to decorate!


Die cut holiday shapes to embellish your treat bag using the coordinating The Story Of Christmas Designer Dies. You can also add stickers, chipboard, decorative brads, and enamel shapes.


You can punch holes in the top of the bag and tie it with a ribbon or twine to secure it like I did.



Or you can leave the top flap folded and secure it with decorative clothes pins or binder clips like I did with this bag. The finished size of the bags is 6” x 4 ½” x 2”



These cute and easy gift bags are perfect for the holidays, but you can switch up the paper and make them for any occasion! To view the original post on the Echo Park Paper blog with a full supply list included, CLICK HERE.

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