Organizing and Storing has never been more fun, and these paper bags are to blame! So, Patterned Paper Bags DIY – all you need to now – below!
You guys have to know some things about me. First, I wanna do hell of a lot things. Make, bake, cook, go, do, many many things. I often wanna do at least half of those in one day. So pretty much every thing you see here, is something I’ve been wanting to make/do at least since half a year ago. Yes, these patterned paper bags too. Second… actually you don’t have to know all the things about me right in this instance. I mean we should first get to know each other a little, before shit gets weird, you know?
So I got these awesome wrapping paper rolls at Ikea. I think I told Maria right there about my idea to make some bags with them.. Not sure tho, but she and Danilo suggested I could also use them for photographing and shit. So, okay, okay, okay, two reasons then – I took them. And this was a very unplanned trip to Ikea where I totally didn’t entirely have to spend any money. But once you’re in, oh you’re spending, all right.
So, my yellow bag kept getting fuller and fuller, and I’m thinking there are definitely some things I could go on without. And so I’m having some doubts, and the first thing that popped on my mind as to saying my goodbyes with it, right there in the get-your-own-shit area, was to let go of the wrapping paper rolls. I’m just gonna say I’m thankful to the moon and back for going with my initial decision and buying these. It’s one of the best buys in the last few months!
I’ve organized the hell out of my, mostly, crafting shit with these paper bags. Even though it’s “just a wrapping paper”, meaning it may not look like it can hold heavier things and “keep on staying alive”, the paper actually is pretty tough. Plus, look how cool these look? Now, I just gotta say this – the guys at Ikea definitely haven’t paid me for, you know, “spreading out the word” on how great their products are. Although, now that I think about it, maybe they should, cause for a second there, I was praising the hell put of their wrapping paper rolls! Anyways, the what-s and how-to-s just below.
Patterned Paper Bags DIY.
– Wrapping Paper
– Hot Glue Gun
– Permanent Marker / Sharpie *optional
– Acrylic Paints *optional
1. Cut a rectangle shaped piece of the wrapping paper.
2. Straighten the piece nicely and then fold the two sides of it so that hey both meet in the middle. Also, make sure that they overlap so you could glue them.
3. Obviously, glue them together.
4. Fold the bottom part up so that you form the actual bottom of your bag. This is the step where you determine how wide you want the bottom of the bag to be. Larger fold will result in wider bottom and vise versa.
5. Once you’ve done that, fold the left and right part of the already-folded-part (this may seem unclear, but no worries, there are much clearer photos for you).
6. Now fold the bottom and upper part of the square shaped fold you made in step 5, making two triangles. Glue each of the triangles.
7. If your paper is plain, single colored, and you want to add some fun to it, you can do that by adding simple dots with your permanent marker, or to dial up the fun even more, with different colored brush strokes, (then after they’re dried) sprinkled with white dots. This is what I did, and I love how it turned out. If you don’t feel like making patterns and whatnot, you can just label them by writing something on them (like I did on two of the paper bags, photo somewhere below). Or, you can always leave them plain and they’re still gonna look great.
That’s pretty much it!
Also, you can make a really large paper bag, in exactly the same way, like I did in this photo below. This one is definitely my favorite of them all cause it fits my wool stash (and that like a lot), and it looks super pretty! I made it in like half an hour tops, and it only took so long because I also created this little dotsy pattern on the bag with a permanent marker/sharpie. If you love the bag, PIN it below!
Other than these paper bags diy being awesome and pretty storing + organizing solution, they can also be used as gift bags, plant bags (and there will be a waterproof paper bags tutorial soon, you bet), and… let’s hear what other ideas you have in mind!