Paper bags, like the ever handy Paper Mart paper bags, are very useful especially when you are out shopping for groceries. Not only are they a better choice for our environment, they can also be recycled and used repeatedly. But sometimes, the same things can get a little bit tiring. So if you are tired of using the same brown paper bag that is given out to you, then why not create your very own personal paper bag and one that is coupled with your very own touch?
Creating a paper bag is easy! All you need are some old magazines, newspaper, or you could even buy craft paper to make your paper bag even better. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you make your own decorative paper bag.
STEP 1: Cut the paper. This isn’t just your ordinary cutting. You should set a measure, preferably 9.5 x 15 inches. The most ideal material for this project would have to be craft paper or even patterned paper. But then again, it’s all up to you.
STEP 2: Put the paper on a flat surface. When you place the paper on a flat surface, make sure it faces your direction and it should be in the landscape orientation.
STEP 3: The bottom edge should then be folded. Make sure that you fold it up by 2 inches and remember to crease the fold. Afterwards, you unfold it because it will serve as the bottom of the paper bag.
STEP 4: Fold the sides. Look for the top and bottom edge center points and make sure that both sides connect. When it is folded, glue the edges so that the connected sides will hold. Crease the fold on the sides.
STEP 5: Flip it over and make sure the glued part is at the flat surface.
STEP 6: Fold the two creased sides inward in order to achieve an accordion-like appearance.
STEP 7: The bottom of the bag should be folded and glued. Afterwards, you pop the bag open. Put two holes on the upper center of the bag, the part that is near the mouth, on both sides of the bag.
STEP 8: Place the handles. Then you can put all the decorations you want.