How to Make Wrapping Paper

Gift Bag Frame

Gift Bag Frame craft
Gift Bag Frame craft

Instead of just covering up your gift with wrapping paper, this pretty gift bag also frames your favorite photo as part of the gift. Share a special memory with your present with this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Gift bag with handles
  • Card stock
  • 8 chenille stems
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sharp pencil
  • Ruler
  • Straight pin

How to Make a Gift Bag Frame:

Step 1: Remove the handles from the bag; set one aside, and discard the other. Place the bag flat on your work surface.

Step 2: Cut a piece of card stock a little smaller than the photo you wish to frame, and tape it to the center front of the bag. Trace around the card stock onto the bag using a sharp pencil, and then remove the card stock. Measure and mark another rectangle on the bag 1 inch inside the first.

Cut inside the rectangle. Cut inside the rectangle.
Cut inside the rectangle.

Step 3: Using scissors, poke a hole in the bag in the middle of the small rectangle, and cut all the way around the inside rectangle. Cut a diagonal line from the corners of this rectangle to the corners of the larger rectangle. Bend the flaps to the inside of the bag, and tape down.

Step 4: Open the bag. Position the photo behind the cut-out rectangle, and tape in place from the inside. Use a straight pin to carefully poke 2 small holes at all 4 corners of the rectangle (see illustration for placement of holes).

Step 5: Wrap two chenille stems together around a pencil to make a double spiral. Remove the pencil, and stretch the coil to the length of one side of the rectangle. Insert the ends of the stems in the starter holes, and push through until you are able to bend the ends back inside the bag to hold them in place. Repeat on all sides of the rectangle. Tape the ends to secure them.

Step 6: Close the bag at the top, aligning the holes from the handles. Put one cord handle through both holes at the left, and tie a knot at the back. Insert the other end through the holes on the right, pull tight, and tie in back to hold the bag closed. Cut off the excess cord.

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERSWrapping Paper Maker by Lisa Lerner and Kersten Hamilton