gift bags

I like to reuse Christmas cards for lots of things. They make great gift tags, can be cut into Christmas postcards, and make beautiful little gift boxes…not to mention the pretty ornaments that can be made from them. We’ll look into these uses in later posts. Today I want to show you how easily an old card can make a plain gift bag into something special.

Choose the cards you wish to use. Vertical pictures work best on smaller bags, but any size or direction can be used on larger bags.

old Christmas cards

Cut the front of the card from the back, being sure to cut off the fold. I like to use a paper trimmer. It makes a straight cut, and keeps the cut side at a right angle to the bottom of the card.

cutting the cards

I used a tape runner on these bags, but any adhesive will work – craft glue, double-sided tape, scrapbook adhesives, etc.

decorated gift bag\

After the front of the bags were decorated, I went back through the old Christmas cards and cut tags for the gift bags. A hole punched in the corner made it easy to tie the tag to the bag with a piece of ribbon. I like to add the tag this way instead of adhering it to the bag itself because it makes the bag recyclable. The recipient can refill the bag with a new gift, add a new tag, and pass it on.

gift bags, tagged and filled with treats

I found the bags in bundles of ten at our local Wal-Mart, in the craft section. Several other colors were available, as well as other sizes of bags. The white bags make a good background to show off the pretty pictures from the cards.



  1. Posted December 26, 2007 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    What a GREAT idea! I will have to do that!

  2. Posted January 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I am amazed at how creative you are! What great ideas… to make gift bags using old Christmas cards!! The greatest Creator of all
    has surely blessed you with such creativity. I’ve never seen such before, and look forward to seeing more. This is my first time
    coming to your site, and I am so enjoying all your trees and seeing how you decorated your home, … wish I could see it in person!! The recipes sound yummy, and how nice of you to show how to make all this!!
    Going back to look at more, just had to tell you how impressed I am and blessed to share in it. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us!! Lord bless you abundantly in His love and peace, joy and safety in the year ahead of us!

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