How to Make a Paper Bag: 13 Steps
Making a paper bag is a fun, economical, and environmentally friendly way to wrap gifts or create your own custom packaging. With just a few simple supplies and steps, you can learn how to make a reusable paper bag in no time. Follow these 13 steps to create your very own paper bag.
1. Gather your materials: To make a paper bag, you will need a sheet of paper (newspaper, wrapping paper, or any large piece of paper will work), scissors, glue or tape, and a ruler.
2. Measure the paper: Decide on the size of your paper bag and mark the dimensions on the paper. Make sure to include an extra inch on the sides for folding and gluing.
3. Cut the paper: Using scissors, carefully cut out the rectangular shape based on the dimensions you marked.
4. Fold the sides: Fold an inch flap on both sides (the shorter sides) of the rectangle — this will be used to join the two sides together later.
5. Glue or tape the sides: Apply glue or tape along one of the folded flaps and press it onto the other flap to create an open rectangle.
6. Fold the bottom: Once your rectangle is formed, fold about two inches from one of the open ends (this will eventually be the bottom of your bag).
7. Open up the bottom fold: Carefully unfold the bottom two-inch section so that it lays flat.
8. Fold diagonal lines: With your ruler, draw diagonal lines from each corner of the bottom section inwards towards each other, creating triangular flaps on either side.
9. Fold triangular flaps inwards: Press both triangular flaps towards each other by aligning their edges with each other in the middle.
10. Seal up the bottom: Apply glue or tape along either bottom edge of one of the triangles and press it securely onto the other triangle to seal up the paper bag’s bottom.
11. Give shape to the bag: With a gentle hand, open the bag and ensure it stands upright. Flatten the side edges to create the appearance of a traditional paper bag.
12. Create handles (optional): To add handles, cut two long strips of paper or use ribbons. Attach one end of each handle to the inside front and back of your bag with glue or tape.
13. Customize your bag: Decorate your newly-created paper bag with drawings, stamps, stickers, or any fun additions that suit your style and preferences.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a paper bag from scratch using only a few simple materials. From gift-giving to organizing items around the house, your homemade paper bag is a versatile and environmentally-friendly choice you can be proud of.