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Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags

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If you're wracking your brain for party favor ideas or searching for tiny present packages, collect a few pretty ads to construct these Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags by Melony Bradley.  They're perfect for gifting artisan candies or jewelry.

Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags

Materials:

  • Magazine pages
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper glue
  • Tissue paper (shown in black)
  • Scissors
  • Scalloped-edge scissors
  • Butterfly die cuts
  • Block letter stickers
  • Cardstock
  • Rubber stamps of your choice
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or beaded trim for handle
  • Small rhinestone decals or sequins

Instructions:

  1. Choose a full-page magazine ad and cut it down to a square using a paper trimmer. Examples shown are 7x7 inches, but larger squares will yield roomier gift bags.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags Magazine Ads
     
  2. Fold the square in half diagonally.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Diagonal Fold
     
  3. Fold one corner across the page as shown. Use paper glue to secure the folds if needed.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Corner Fold
     
  4. Fold the opposite corner in the opposite direction as shown.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Opposite Corner Fold
     
  5. Separate the two corners at the peak and fold them away from each other so that they lie against the outsides of the pouch.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Final Fold
     
  6. Squeeze the edges of the pouch together a bit to open the pocket.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Open Pouch
     
  7. Cut tissue paper into 1x5-inch strips. Wrap it around the top edge of the pouch as shown and glue.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Wrap Tissue Paper

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Wrap Tissue Paper
     
  8. Trim excess tissue paper.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Trim Excess
     
  9. Trim edge of pouch with scalloped-edge scissors.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Scalloped Trim
     
  10. Cut cardstock into small circles and stamp with design of your choice.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Stamp Cardstock
     
  11. Glue cardstock circle to center of pouch, and then glue butterfly die cut to center of cardstock circle as shown.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Die Cuts
     
  12. Adhere rhinestones and block letter stickers to tissue paper trim.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Block Letters
     
  13. Punch holes on either side of the pouch and attach a small length of ribbon or beaded trim as a handle.



    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Finished

 

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