Make a quick gift bag out of a paper grocery bag.
A few cuts, folds and staples will transform a grocery bag into a fun gift bag in minutes. I added a stenciled design, but you could leave it plain too.
Place one bag on top of the other - with printed side facing up and one handle on each end. Line up so that handles will meet each other when bag is folded in half and trim bag down to 11" x 14" rectangle. Make 1" folds on each side.
Fold bag in half so that folded sides are facing in.
This method will keep the staples hidden and give the bag a neat, pleated edge on both sides.
I chose to decorate mine with an Ed Roth stencil (available at Blick art stores).
This is great for holding a small gift of stationary or jewelry and it's sturdy too.
Here’s a link to the Ed Roth stencil book I have.