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Christmas Paper Bag/Paper Santa’s Sack Craft Tutorial

This ‘paper santa’s sack’ tutorial is a fabulous antidote for my ‘wrapping paper fatigue’. Yep, I thought it was time to finally use up all that wrapping paper from previous Christmases that we still had in the attic. I know it can’t just be me. Don’t we crafty sorts always tend to buy more wrapping paper than we need each year, yet we’re always buying more just to get a new look?

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Use the gift wrap to match your decor
Fill it with great goodies! BE MERRY!

As someone obsessed with organising, I’ve got heaps of storage boxes, tins, buckets, baskets and cubes in all sizes so it’s no surprise that for this Christmas I’ve designed this ‘paper santa’s sack’ that’s such a rage right now in fabric or waterproof paper. The only variation here is that my paper bag doesn’t have a rounded bottom base, but a rectangular bottom base. I chanced upon the idea whilst trying to find something to embellish my festive peg board display.

To me, a good craft tutorial is simple and preferably consists of materials I already own in my stash or home. That way, I’m either re-purposing what I have or using simple items lying around the house without wasting further resources. I’ll not only get to use up what I have without spending extra, the beauty is also that I can begin right away!

I think it’d be great to include these paper sacks for storage in your kids’ rooms for smaller items like stationery, or for your own craft table for smaller items like paper scraps or ribbons. They can also dress up your table setting for parties (not just at Christmas), or be used as table place cards, favour bags or even as a cute little gift wrapping idea. The best is being able to make it in any size you need.

It’s so easy, fun and quick to make, I bet you’ll craft this again and again. Hope you enjoy this!

Paper Santa’s Sack (small) Craft Tutorial:

Materials: (2 different designs of gift wrap)
1 Star gift wrap (or feature gift wrap of your choice)
1 Kraft Paper gift wrap (to create the ‘folded down rim’ of paper sack)
some scotch tape
some double-sided tape/glue stick such as UHU Stic

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Measure and trim a rectangle
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Fold the star gift wrap from the left and right sides towards the centre and crease two fold lines down the paper towards the middle.Fold the top ‘rim’ (kraft paper) portion into half across its length.
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Apply double-sided tape along the bottom half of the strip
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Tear off the double sided tape or use a glue stick to glue the star gift wrap along the middle creased line.
You should now see the ‘inside or wrong side facing’ of the star gift wrap and the ‘front side up’ for the kraft paper glued down to it.  outofman.com
You should now see the ‘inside or wrong side facing’ of the star gift wrap and the ‘front side up’ for the kraft paper glued down to it.
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Repeat Step 1 but this time, tape the centre down using scotch tape.
Using a ruler, measure and crease a fold line from about 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the folded paper (flipping the fold line upwards).
Using a ruler, measure and crease a fold line from about 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the folded paper (flipping the fold line upwards).
Open the folded flap and crease it flat against the paper so that there are now two triangular creases along the left and right edge of your paper bag.
Open the folded flap and crease it flat against the paper so that there are now two triangular creases along the left and right edge of your paper bag.
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Fold a flat crease about 1 inch from the top and bottom so that it meets in the centre. Fasten the top and bottom together using a tape across the middle line.
Voila! Your own Christmas paper bag or mini Santa's sack
Voila! Your own Christmas paper bag or mini Santa’s sack

Instructions: (refer to picture gallery)
Measure and trim a rectangle about 22cm (H) and 34.5cm (L) from the gift wrap of your choice. In my case it will be the black paper with white stars as pictured.

Fold the star gift wrap from the left and right sides towards the centre and crease two fold lines down the paper towards the middle. Open up the paper again.

To create the folded edge at the top rim of the paper bag, cut another thick strip of kraft paper to exactly the same length (across) as the star gift wrap, but only around about slightly more than 1/2 of its height. In this tutorial I cut out a strip measuring 12.5cm(H) cx 34.5cm(L).

Fold this little strip you’ve cut out, fold it downwards in half, down the centre along its length. Open it up again. You will now have made a creased line in the middle of this strip.

Apply double-sided tape along the bottom half of the strip (which will become the rim later).

Align the top length of the star gift wrap with the middle creased line of the rim. The star gift wrap should be positioned above the 1/4 strip. Tear off the double sided tape or use a glue stick to glue the star gift wrap along the middle creased line.

Fold the top down where the crease line is. You should now see the ‘inside or wrong side facing’ of the star gift wrap and the ‘front side up’ for the kraft paper glued down to it.

Repeat Step 1 but this time, tape the centre down using scotch tape.

Using a ruler, measure and crease a fold line from about 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the folded paper (flipping the fold line upwards).

Open the folded flap and crease it flat against the paper so that there are now two triangular creases along the left and right edge of your paper bag.

Next, fold a flat crease about 1 inch from the top and bottom so that it meets in the centre. Fasten the top and bottom together using a tape across the middle line.

You now have a paper bag if you fold down the top flap where it meets the bottom edge.

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