I’m showing you how to make affordable mini gift bags + matching cards today. Grab your favorite scrapbook paper and follow along!

Learning how to make beautiful paper bags at home is fun and it will allow you to use up beautiful designer paper and extend your creativity into the gift giving process no matter what the occasion is!

In addition to the bag and matching card I’m demonstrating, I’m sharing two additional bag and card styles for you to enjoy. You’ll find lots of pictures below, along with cutting dimensions and supplies so be sure to scroll down to see them.

Affordable Mini Gift Bags Video:

Want to know how to use scrapbook paper to make a gift bag for the special folks in your life? This paper craft idea will not only give you the satisfaction of making something handmade but it’s a great project tutorial to use year round. Need a gift bag for a child’s birthday party or a teacher gift, or a pretty paper bag for any other reason? You’ll want to bookmark this video or add it to your playlist so you can reference it any time you want.




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Affordable Mini Gift Bags Details

Two sheets of 6″ x 6″ designer paper easily create this adorable gift bag. And be sure to save the two corners you’ll be cutting off the bottom (template below) so you can use them to make the matching card!


I used the Night Before Christmas designer paper which boasts a huge array of patterns and designs. Isn’t this pine tree/skyline pattern beautiful? The opposite side of this double-sided paper provides a simple pattern that can be used all year long. It’s a great way to expound on your holiday designer paper purchase!


Beginning November 1 you will have the opportunity to purchase a brand new suite of products centered around stunning gold accents and classic Christmas Rose details. The gold shimmer ribbon you see here is just one of the products available in the Christmastime is Here suite. Make sure to come back on November 1 so you can see all the products that are being offered.


More Mini Gift Bag Ideas

Stampin’ Up!’s color coordination is second to none. With cardstock, ink pads, markers, designer paper and accessories that all match, creating cards and scrapbook pages are quick and easy.


The Night Before Christmas designer paper includes a wide variety of color schemes to suit all tastes. These adorable Santa hats are printed in Poppy Parade which allowed me to easily pair it with the coordinating ribbon.


The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley is one of my favorite Holiday Catalog products because of the value! You’ll find a stamp set, coordinating dies, designer paper, stickers, tinsel trim and gold stars – all included in this product medley. The mini gift bag and card above sparkle with beautiful gold accents. And they pair perfectly with the gold glitter enamel dots that will be part of the November 1 Christmastime is Here suite of products.

Download the Picture Template

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Cutting Dimensions

  • Night Before Christmas Designer Paper – uaw 2 pieces of 6″ x 6″
  • Score each piece of designer paper at 1 1/2″ on three sides (watch the video for tips about pattern paper with a direction)
  • Score the last side of designer paper at 3/4″
  • Cardstock to reinforce the bottom – cut 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″
  • I used 9″ – 11″ of ribbon for the handles depending on the ribbon width
  • Cardstock for the matching card is cut 3″ x 6″, score at 3″
  • Save the two bottom squares (designated by an “X” in pattern A) for the matching card

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