Last week I went on a paper crafting binge with the papers and card stock I received from my mother-in-law. I made cards and decorated gift bags & tags. Then my sister-in-law found this tutorial from Silvey’s Craftroom about making mini-bags. It’s not the most robust tutorial I’ve ever seen, but I managed to figure it out and translate it for 12″ x 12″ card stock instead of the smaller size. I took lots of pictures and hope to offer clearer directions so you can make your own bag/boxes. (I’ve got to figure out a better name for these little things…!)
What You’ll Need:
- 12″ x 12″ card stock (The photo image card stock I used is by DCWV, but I don’t think these particular stacks are still available. Here are some other options.)
- 12″ (or longer) ruler
- glue stick
- Optional: standard hole punch, string or ribbon, gift card or tag
What To Do:
- Select a piece of 12″ x 12″ card stock to suit your intended theme or use. All-over prints work better than those that have a clear “top” and “bottom” because a uni-directional print will end up being upside down on one side of the finished bag/box. My basketball card stock is uni-directional and if you look closely you might be able to tell that the image is actually rotated 90 degrees on the front. I knew that would happen but I thought it was hard to tell so I went with it. It came out fine. You’ll have to evaluate your card stock for yourself.
- Flip your card stock over to the back side, making sure that the edge that you want at the top of the front of your completed bag/box is on the left. Measure 3/4″ and 4 1/2″ from the left and right edges. I drew lines so you could see my measurements, but I usually just make small marks and use my ruler to fold. Keep your card stock in the same position and mark 1 1/2″ in from each of the 4 corners. Don’t draw a line. You’ll need those marks later.
- Then rotate the card stock 90 degrees so the top is at the top and measure 3″ in from the left and right side. The 3″ marks should be perpendicular to the original 4 lines. I drew lines so you could see my measurements.
- Now connect the intersection of the 3″ and 4 1/2″ lines with the 1 1/2″ mark at each corner. Refer to the picture for clarity.
- Using a ruler to keep your folds straight, fold and crease each line you’ve marked and then unfold each place so you can make the next fold. The 3/4″ lines and the diagonal corner lines should be folded so the right sides (what will be the outside of the finished bag/box) of the card stock touch after you’ve folded them. The other lines should be folded with the wrong sides together (what will be the inside of the finished bag/box). In the picture, the green lines indicate where to fold so the right side/outside will touch and the red lines indicate where to fold so the wrong side/inside will touch.
- Completely unfold the bag/box. Apply glue to each of the four sections bordered by a diagonal line, a 3″ fold line, and the outer edges of the card stock. In the picture, I’ve shaded the four areas where you’ll need to apply the glue.
- Fold the edges of the card stock toward the center along the 3″ fold line, aligning the top and bottom edges and pressing firmly on the glue to help it adhere. As you can see from the picture, the folds you’ve made will naturally create an opening in the center of the bag/box.
- Fold the top and bottom edges up until they meet, pinching the ends of the center compartment into place. You can close the bag/box by punching a hole(s) and using string or ribbon to tie the bag/box closed, staple the bag/box closed, or glue the bag/box closed. Be sure to put your gift into the bag/box before you staple or glue it shut!
I like to use the hole punch and string/ribbon method so the bag/box can be reclosed. For the darker colored bag/box I punched two holes and folded over a card in which I punched corresponding holes. Then I ran a single piece of string through the holes and around the bag/box, tying a bow to close the package.
For the colorful birthday package I punched two holes and then used two pieces of ribbon to attach hand made gift tags.
The bag/box could also be left open at the top, filled with gifts like a small gift basket, and then overwrapped with cellophane and finished with a bow around the top. This method would be a great way to present a gift of handmade cards, baked goods, or a couple of jars of homemade fruit perserves or vanilla extract.
I hope this tutorial is clear and helpful. If not, please ask questions in the comments and I’ll try to clarify. How will you use your bag/boxes? What else can I call these little card stock wonders?
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