Holiday Decorative Gift Bags

Holiday Decorative Gift Bags

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: DCWV
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Additional Information



  • Emerald Garden Patterned Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors
  • Score board
  • 2 boxes (size will determine bag size)


Small Holly Bag
Take a small shoebox or other box to be used as an approximate size for the gift bag.
2. Wrap a piece of patterned paper from the Emerald Garden stack around the shoebox, as though wrapping a gift. Secure with some adhesive where the paper overlaps, making sure you do not adhere the paper to the box.
3. Fold one end of the package and adhere, just like wrapping the gift. However, do not wrap the other end. Instead, pull out the shoebox for a free-standing gift bag.
4. Punch four holes around the top edge of the box approximately 1" down from the top edge, and 1" in from the side edges. These will become the holes for the handles.
5. Take some ribbon or thick twine and feed through the punched holes, knotting the end once threaded so it cannot pull back through.
6. Using some of the green foiled patterned paper, cut three holly leaf shapes.
7. Using some of the red foiled papers, cut or punch three small circles of the holly berries. Overlap on top of the leaves and glue together.
8. Cut 3-4 banner shapes in varying sizes. Adhere on to the bag aligning just underneath the punched holes. Shapes should start on the left side, with the largest banner shape, and gradually move to the right as the banner shapes get smaller. The banner shapes should overlap.
9. Glue the holly shape on the left side with a strong adhesive, such as hot glue.

Tall Bag
Choose a favorite pattern from the Emerald Garden stack. Two 12"x12" sheets are required.
1. Using a score board or ruler and bone folder, score each sheet vertically at 1/2", 2-1/2", 9-1/2", and 11-1/2".
2. Turn paper 90? clockwise and score at 1" and 3".
3. Turn paper 90? counter clockwise to original position and using scissors, cut 3" up from bottom edge of 2-1/2" and 9-1/2" (the cut line should stop at the horizontal score mark). There are now 2 small flaps and one large flap at the bottom of the sheet. Both sheets of paper should look the same after they’ve been scored and cut.
4. Using permanent adhesive, glue both sheets of paper together, overlapping on the 1" score line at the bottom. Do not glue small flaps together. Only the 7" long middle pieces should be glued to each other. This will be the base of the gift bag.
5. Place paper so that 1/2" score lines are vertical
6. On the bottom sheet of paper, place a line of glue between the edge of the paper and the 1/2" score line
7. Fold paper up from 3" horizontal score mark, making sure the base of the gift bag is on a flat surface. Tuck in small flap as you fold paper up. Fold opposite piece of paper up tuck in flap and overlap the 1/2" lines.
8. Repeat on the other side. This is your basic bag shape. Embellish the gift bag by punching the edges of two 3"x12" strips of paper and gluing them along the top edge of the bag.
9. Optional: Use a ribbon or thin strip of paper to cover the join of the punched edge and the bag.
10. Using a long reach hole puncher, or an eyelet tool, make holes for the handles about an 1" to 1-1/2" from the top of the bag on each side. Use an eyelet to strengthen the hole.
11. Cut six 12" pieces of ribbon. Insert 3 of them into one of the bag holes and knot them to secure. Twist the ribbons a few times before inserting them into the other hole. Knot to secure.
12. Repeat on second set of holes to make second handle.