Do you want to make a paper bag different from that usual brown? You can always do yours with some old magazines, newspaper or wrapping paper lose out there. It is possible to make a more sturdy or a decorative to wrap a gift, a work of art or as a fun activity.
1. Choose and assemble the materials. You must determine the appearance, the resistance, and whether or not the bag needs a handle based on the type you want to make.
- You will need scissors, glue, a ruler and a pencil to help you ride the bag.
- The colored or stamped kraft paper is ideal for this design. Its thicker material helps to keep the bag sturdy and allows it to support more weight. Kraft comes in every kind of drawing and color.
- Wrapping paper or newspaper are good materials to use if you are thinking of something more delicate.
A thin piece of rope or ribbon serves as a handle.
- Gather materials like stencils, feathers, glitter, ink, crayons, and crayons to decorate your bag.
2. Cut a piece of paper for measurements of 24 x 38 cm. Use a ruler to measure the dimensions and a pencil to draw the shape. Or you can cut a rectangle of another size.
- Save your time by using the naturally straight edges of your paper. If your material is in the correct size, cut the bag from the corner instead of removing it from the middle.
3. Decorate the paper bag. In some cases, decorating it before riding it is a lot easier. If you’re going to make a pattern or paint from another color, it’s easier to decorate the flat piece of paper to ensure that the drawing and coloring remain the same throughout the piece.
- Decorate only one side of the paper. You can decorate the two if you want to display a fun drawing inside the bag or to cover ugly materials, especially if you are using newspaper.
4. Place the paper cut on a flat surface in front of you. Leave it in the landscape orientation, that is, with the long sides up and down and the short ones to the left and to the right.
If you have decorated the paper, let the decorations dry and turn them down.
5. Fold the bottom edge of the paper up by 5 cm and mark the fold well. When you’re done, unfold. This end later becomes the bottom of the bag.
6. Locate the center points of the top and bottom edges. To do so, you can either calculate the central points with a ruler or fold the paper to find the center of it. There are three points you need to dial:
- Keeping the landscape orientation, join the short sides as if you were folding all the paper in half and pinch the top and bottom of the fold to mark where the center of each long side is. Mark these lightweight points with a pencil.
- Mark the paper again at 13 mm to the left and right of each center point. When finished, you will have a total of six marks: three in the middle of a long edge of the paper and three on the other side.
7. Fold the sides of the bag in place. Keep the landscape orientation while folding the sides as follows:
- Take the right edge of the paper to the leftmost pencil lines and fold. After the fold is well marked, unfold and repeat the inverse on the opposite side.
- Turn the paper, fold the sides right and left downwards toward the center and paste them where they overlap. Fold along the same lines as before, but note that the folds will be reversed. Let the glue dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
8. Turn the bag so that it has the glue side down. Orient it so that one of the open ends points to you.
9. Fold the side creases inward to create a slight accordion effect. You’ll make the sides of the bag open up like a rectangle.
- Using the ruler, measure inside about 3.8 cm from the left side of the bag and mark lightly using a pencil.
- Push the left fold of the bag inside and towards the inside. Repeat until the left-hand mark made in the previous step is on the outer edge of where the paper is tilted.
- Fold and press the paper down so that the pencil mark aligns with the new folded edge. Continue to keep the upper and lower edges symmetrical when pressing the paper.
- Repeat on the right side. When finished, the body of the bag should be folded into both sides, as well as in a shopping bags.
10. Prepare the bottom of the bag. To determine which background, look for the creases previously folded that indicate it. Keep the bag stretched for now and prepare the bottom:
- Fold and paste the bottom of the bag into place. After determining where it is, mounts it:
- Fold 10 cm up the bottom and mark that line.
- Keeping the rest of the bag taut, open the bottom. The folds inside should open, forming a square edge. Inside, you’ll see a folded paper triangle on each side.
11. Assemble the bottom of the bag. You will bend some sides to the center, using their triangular shape to ensure that the bottom of the bag is well assembled.
- Fold the left and right sides of the square bottom and open completely down. Use the outermost edge of each inner triangle as a guide. When finished, the lower area should have eight sides, like an elongated octagon, instead of four sides as before.
- Fold the bottom strip from the octagon upward towards the center of the bottom of the bag.
- Fold the upper strip of the octagon downwards towards the center of the bottom of the bag. The fund should now be well folded and closed. Glue the ends that overlap and let it dry.
12. Open the bag. The bottom should be completely closed, with no gaps in the glued edges.
13. Add the handles. You can use rope, string or tape to make the handles or leave the bag as it is without them.
- Hold the two upper parts of your bag together and use a paper punch or pencil to make two holes in them.
- Don’t stick too close to the edge of the bag, or the weight of it plus what’s inside can spoil the handle.
- Reinforce the holes by lining their edges with transparent adhesive tape or glue.
- Slide the ends of the strap through the holes and tie a knot inside the bag. This should be big enough not to go through the hole. It may be necessary to give another node on the first to increase the size of it. The knot leaves the handle in place.
- Cover the work area with newspaper for easy cleaning.
- The colored checkered paper is also good.
- You can use this bag to give a friend a gift. Decorate it with things like glitter, ink, and crayons.
- If you want a shorter bag, fold the top part at the height you want and then cut along the fold using the scissors.
- Use some fabric in the bag to decorate it.
- Don’t overdo the glue.
- Wrapping/Kraft paper
- Ribbon, rope or string