Turning Take-Out Bag Into Pretty Gift Bag

I just love reusing things that can still be reuse. For this reason, I used the piles of take-out bags and turned them into pretty gift bags. I believe some of us keep the bags from ordering food as take-out or bringing food home in a doggie bags from a restaurant. So, why not reuse them for something like gift bags, that in this holiday season will be so useful to send out some gifts. Turning the take-out bag into a gift bag is so easy, you can even ask your children to help you with it and even personalize it with their own flair.

These are some of the materials needed to create the gift bags:

  • Take-out bags
  • Hole reinforcements
  • Ribbon/strong yarn/ twine/ string
  • Glue
  • Old cardboard, for the base
  • Things to decorate (doily, baker’s twine, old button, etc.)
  • Needle, to sew or use to prick the bag
  • Hole punch
  • Your creativity



Fold the take-out bag into 2.

Open the bag, and fold the half-part of it inward, adhere with glue.

Punch 4 holes on the wide sides of the bag.

Adhere the hole reinforcements on the inside part of the holes.

Tie 2 ribbons/yarns/strings/twines and make very strong knots.

Cut-out the old cardboard into certain size for the base, and put it on the bottom of the bag.

Decorate the bags by:

– Adhering some doilies, and old buttons, then prick the bag making snowflake patterns.
– Adhering cut-out old book pages unto the side of the bag, and sew baker’s twine to make star pattern.
– Put something fun and cute like a bell dangling from the bag holder.

Have fun crafting!

Gift bag from take out bag

Gift bag from take out bag

Gift bag from take out bag

Gift bag from take out bag

Gift bag from take out bag

Notebooks for Beloved Teachers

It’s that time of year again when I have to rush in the morning preparing three kids who still want to sleep to go to school. Although this year is a little bit different. The kids’ first day of school got postponed because of tropical storm Irene. Since the school lost its electricity for days. It’s a surprise to think that my kids were devastated by the news. So when the first day came finally, they actually cheered. They even woke up without any trouble and happily prepared themselves. Wow, I was amazed!

Before the school started, there was the school orientation for parents to fill up forms (times 3 for me, ugh) and for the students to know which teachers and classrooms they’ll have. To appreciate and get to know the kids’ teachers, I made several notebooks for them. The notebooks were made out of used products: tissue boxes and groceries bags. You know there are lots of cute and charming tissue boxes with awesome motifs, so why not use them for your craft. From one grocery bag (such as from Whole Food), you can get 30 pieces of 8,5 x 11cm notes. On the first day school last Friday, my kids brought the notebooks and a bag of sweet treats to school to say hi to their new teachers.

What you need:

– used tissue boxes

– groceries bags/ brown bags

– color rubber bands

– buttons and alphabet charms

– paper flowers

– ink stamp and sponge make-up (optional)

– patterned & regular scissors

– marker

– glue

– hole punch

How to make:

1. Cut the front and back sides of the tissue box and then cut into half. Punch two holes on the top side. These will be the front and back cover of the notebook.

2. Cut the grocery bag into small pieces of 8,5 x 11cm. Punch two holes copying the notebook cover holes.

3. Pick two rubber bands (preferably different colors). Tie one rubber band into one hole, then tie another one for another hole. Tie the two rubber bands together like so.

4. Make the decoration for the front cover. Cut small piece from tissue box with patterned scissors and distressed it with ink stamp. Write down JUST A NOTE on the piece.

5. Adhere the sentiment on the front cover and decorate with paper flower and button (for female teacher) or button with alphabet charm (for male teacher).

Notebooks from tissue boxes & groceries bags

Note book from brown papers & tissue box

Notebooks from tissue boxes & groceries bags