If you’re anything like me (which I’m guessing you must be, or you wouldn’t be visiting), you have a
closetful few gift bags hanging out in your digs, taking up space and waiting for use. It seems like a tragic waste of “pretty” to toss a brightly printed and festively designed gift bag. After all, someone cared enough to select that particular pattern with you specifically in mind.
Though re-gifting is my #1 option if the bag is in excellent shape, if it’s not…. what’s a girl to do?
Uses for Gift Bags:
- Cupcake toppers. Cut out pretty rounds using a 1” scalloped punch.
- Book covers. Am I the only one who used brown bag book covers in school? Pep it up a notch and use a pretty print to cover textbooks, cookbooks, and notebooks. The plastic-like coating on most gift bags makes wiping them clean a cinch. (See top photo).
- Scrapbooking. Save bags to cut up for scrapbooking & card making endeavors. I designed 95% of my wedding album from card, wrapping paper, and gift bag cut-outs we received.
- Drawer organizers. Stash a few bags in your “intimates” drawer to separate socks, panties, bras, etc.
- Wall decor. Cut out an inspiring design and frame for DIY wall art on the cheap.
- Coasters. Modge Podge pretty designs to cork or cardboard for a kid-friendly coaster craft.
- Gift tags. Trace shapes from cookie cutters or even an upturned glass, punch a small hole, and pull a string through for an original DIY gift tag.
- Mailers. Sturdy and malleable, gift bags make perfect lightweight mailers. Let’s face it, no one wants to pay any more than necessary at the post office. Cut the seams and remove the bottom cardboard piece and handles, wrap your gift right up, tape, and mail!
- Paper doll clothing
How do you repurpose gift bags?