Gift packaging can be as personal as the gift itself. Choose a day to create numerous home made Christmas gift bags as a family Christmas craft. Use the following and come up with more gift wrapping ideas.
Gift Wrapping Supplies
- Bulk kraft paper gift bags
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Cinnamon sticks
- Red tissue paper
- Leaf stamp
- Green and gold paint
- Manila paper
- Scissors and hole punch.
Gift Wrapping Ideas: Decorating Gift Bags
Always plan out design before gluing on bag.
Craft some gift bags with raffia bows and cinnamon sticks. Craft some gift bags with holly designs. Craft some gift bags with a combination of all three.
- To make raffia bows, cut raffia into 6 inch long strings. Hold 4 to 6 raffia strings together, and tie into a bow. Do this for each raffia bow.
- To make holly berries, crumple small pieces of red tissue paper into balls.
- Paint or stamp sets of 2 holly leaves onto bag with green paint.
- For each set of holly leaves, use glue gun to put dab of hot glue at edge of set. Take three red tissue paper balls and gently press into hot glue. This make holly.
- Place a dab of hot glue on bag for each raffia bow. Press middle of bow gently on glue.
- Glue cinnamon sticks on bag in rows of 2 sticks. (Experiment with 1 or 3, but 2 often looks best.)
When bags are dry and ready to use, place Christmas presents carefully in the bag and cover with tissue paper. Cut a few more raffia strings, this time about a foot long. Hold them together and use them to tie the handles of the gift bag together with a great big raffia bow. Making Gift Tags
- Cut rectangle shapes out of recycled card stock or manila paper.
- Using colorful markers, crayons, or paints, write “To: __________” and “From:_________ ” on each gift tag.
- Add any other “Merry Christmas” or “I love you” messages, as desired.
- Punch a hole in the corner of each gift tag.
After presents are placed in gift bags, fill in the “to” and “from” sections of the gift tag. Tie paper bag handles together with raffia, then attach gift tag to handles by threading raffia or twine through the hole.
Notes on Crafting With Children
Children will enjoy this family craft project, but please keep safety measures in mind.
- Children should not use glue guns or work with hot glue. Let children use good quality craft glue, such as Aleene’s.
- Young children should not use sharp scissors. Either let them use child-safe scissors, or do the cutting for them.
Stamping is a fun and appropriate activity for children.
- Give youngest children potato stamps and red and green paint. Let them decorate gift bags.
- Children can also use store-bought Christmas stamps with non-toxic ink or water-based paint.