This time of year always seems to be another big gift giving season – graduations, weddings, birthdays and more. Let’s take a plain, white, standard-sized Dollar Store gift bag, some scrapbook paper, glue, ribbon wire, a little creativity and voila! We can create a totally chic, girly gift bag that looks just like a structured handbag. I also have a little trick for making a handle that holds its shape.
I’m sure no one is surprised I made this in my favorite black/white/pink color combo (with a little cream inside.) You’ll recognize the ribbons from another project – the wreath jewelry holder. You can make one with any color or pattern of paper that you love – use a different pattern for the inside of the flap or really change it up with 3 patterns. It’s all up to you! This is really easy to make, despite the length – you all KNOW I’m ridiculously detail oriented and want YOU to have every piece of info!
Here are our supplies:
- One standard sized, white Kraft gift bag with handles (I got mine at the Dollar Store)
- Three pieces of 12” x 12” scrapbook paper in 2-3 coordinating colors/patterns
- Ruffle edged ribbon (From Michael’s; mine is hot pink)
- Two 31” lengths of 1 ½ – 2” ribbon of your choice
- One 11” length of 18 gauge floral wire
- Adhesive backed hook and loop closure
- Hot glue gun, glue sticks, craft glue, scissors
- Adhesive backed hook and loop closure, optional
First, trim off the handles of the bag. Open the bag up and trim the front panel down on both side so it measures about 5” high. It does not have to be exact. Cut the side panels of the bag even with the front panel.
Now, honestly, I really wing this part! Fold the back panel down over the front of the bag and cut into a circular, flap shape to your liking. Don’t cut it too short! The flap should still almost reach the bottom of the front of the bag. We will be folding and molding the “handbag” flap.
Cut scrapbook paper to cover the front, back and side panels of the bag. Mine is FAR from perfect, so don’t worry if it’s all not exact. You can trim any areas that are too big with scissors! Use craft glue to attach the scrapbook paper to the bag and let it dry. To make a cute, ruffled ribbon edge on the flap, cut a piece of ruffle edged ribbon twice as long as you need to go around the circular “flap”. Fold the ribbon so that the two “ruffles” are layered and hot glue in place down the entire length. Hot glue the ribbon along the curved edge of the flap, as in the photo below.
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper in a coordinating color to fit the inside of the flap and attach with glue. Cut another piece of paper to match the outside of the bag to fit the outside flap; cut this piece large enough to cover the paper on the back panel of bag and cover the glued ribbon on the curved front, with just the ruffled edge peeking out.
Some of the white paper of the bag may show, it’s inevitable! If you want to, just use a Sharpie in the main color of your scrapbook paper to “color” in any white that shows.
Now, we’re going to make a handle for our “handbag” that will actually stay put and not be all flopping! Cut two 31” lengths of 1 ½ – 2” ribbon to coordinate with your paper. A quick cheat to find the centers! Fold one length of ribbon and an 11” length of floral wire in half. Open the ribbon, lay flat and place the folded edge of the wire in the “fold” of the ribbon. Open the wire and lay flat on the ribbon. They’re centered! Hot glue the wire to the ribbon. Take the second length of ribbon and hot glue to the first length, making sure to adhere well over the ribbon. For an extra punch of color and to completely mask the wire, hot glue a length of hot pink ribbon in the center down the entire length.
Punch a hole in each side panel of the bag, about 1 ¼” from the top. You’ll need to make the opening a little bit bigger; use a pair of small scissors to cut a little bow shape. The ribbon will cover the hold! Carefully thread one end of the ribbon through the hole and gently pull it through almost to the wire. Make a big knot, with about a 2” streamer. Pull the ribbon back through the hole almost to the knot. Repeat on the other side. The wired area allows you to shape your handle.
Add a button to the front flap for a pretend “closure.” I used a black fabric button and added a flat-backed large pearl for dimension. Fold the flap across the top of the bag, once at the back and again right above the curved front. Play around with it until you like how it looks. You can add a piece of hook and loop closure to the inside of the flap and the top of the bag so it stays closed.
If you look really closely, you can totally see all of the little imperfections but overall, I think it makes quite the chic little statement! This is really like a second gift, because I can’t believe anyone would toss this away! It could make a cute little storage bag for all kinds of girly gear, like bobby pins, barrettes, banana clips and all those other hair accessories I know I always seem to be searching for!
I haven’t forgotten the guys! I’m working on gift bag transformation for the guys – no, not a “Murse,” Joey Tribiani fans!
I’m wondering if I can get away with carrying this little cutie as an actual handbag! Well, I’d need to reinforce the bottom with steel and hope it didn’t rain….!
Thanks so much for visiting and have a happy, chic Monday!
Project Inspired at Cupcakes and Crinoline