How to make a personalised paper gift bag


With this simple tutorial you will be able to create a fully personalised paper gift bag using a photograph and scraps from your paper, card and fabric stashes. It is quick and simple but so effective. 

You will need:

A plain kraft gift bag (I got 5 for £1 at PoundWorld)
Scraps of card, paper and fabric in your chosen colours
A photograph
An instant camera style frame (available from my shop – 
Clarty Hands Crafts)
Rhinestones, letter stickers and any other embellishments you like
Glue or a tape roller
A stapler

Step One

Cut your photograph to the size of the outer edge of the frame.
Stick the frame onto the photograph.

scissors and cut-out photograph
Cut your image to size


Step Two

Layer rectangles of your paper and fabric scraps behind your mounted photograph in an arrangement that looks pleasing to you. I find that layering different textures is really effective. Once you have your arrangement, put the photograph to one side and staple the stack of rectangles in the centre to keep them all together.

red and gold rectangles of card and fabric
Stack your scraps to make a background for your photograph

Step Three

Stick the photograph to the top of your scrap-stack and then stick the entire pile to the front surface of the gift bag.

Step Four

Add extra touches to your design with your embellishments. I used letter stickers to caption the photograph with “Happy Birthday” and used self-adhesive rhinestones to add some sparkle.

paper stack, photograph and embellishments
Add your photograph and embellishments

Step Five (Optional)

I finished the bag by using a VersaMark watermark pen (available at Crafter’s Companion) to write my friend’s name and sprinkled coordinating gold embossing powder over, before blasting with a heat gun.

Personalised Paper Gift Bag
And voila! One personalised paper gift bag