Paper Bag Gift Box

Make a gift box from a paper grocery bag… (If you like this one, be sure to check out my paper bag yo-yo’s and my grocery bag redo too.)

This DIY gift box is great way to wrap a small gift in a special way.

It even has a handle.

When I work with paper bags, I like to condition the paper a bit and add interesting texture to it by wrinkling it up and then smoothing it out. Once the paper looks the way I like, I cut out 6, 5-inch squares from the paper.

Using the serge function on my sewing machine and red thread, I sewed four panels together.

I then sewed on the base panel and sewed together 3 edges of the top panel (leave one edge open to insert your gift). I stuffed the box with a bit of tissue paper to fill it out, placed my gift inside and sewed the last edge closed.

Box with all 6 sides attached and gift inside.



Punch two holes into the top panel (across from each other) and string a strand of jute or yarn through the holes, add a gift tag and double knot both ends to secure.


The note is attached to the handle.

To open, just tear off the top.


  1. Emily A.  May 11, 2012

    Love this! Awesome Camilla!

    • camilla  May 11, 2012

      Thanks Emily!! Hope you’re doing well – we are thinking of you both and sending positive wishes your way! 🙂

  2. Suan L  May 11, 2012

    Love it! Your creativity is endless.

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  4. Yi,Ram  May 2, 2013

    Love it. Very very Good idea ^^.