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


Sweeten Up With Sweet Wrappers

Have you paid attention more to a chocolate or candy wrapper? Believe it or not, there are a handful of pretty, cute and awesome wrappers out there. For those special wrappers, trash bin is not their last journey. They ended up instead on my greeting cards. Since I love creating greeting cards  for fun, giving it away or selling as a custom-made, I would love to use any kind of paper materials for the decorations. Some of the cards I’ve created were decorated with pretty things I got from chocolate or candy wrappers. Some of that cards are here for you to see. Pay attention to the details on my cards, maybe you’ll realize from which chocolate or candy wrapper the decorations came from.

1. GET WELL SOON TEDDY – I used a picture from  a tissue box, the teddy, for main decoration and butterfly punches from Wrigley’s bubble gum box for the accents.


Get Well Soon Teddy

2. BABY CONGRATS – I used a snack wrapper from Japan that has a cute chick on it for an accent.


Baby Congrats

3. BELATED BIRTHDAY WISH – I used a plastic inside wrapper from a chocolate for the background.


Belated Birthday Wish

4. FRIENDSHIP CARD – I used a chocolate wrapper that has two cute kitties and artsy feature for the main attraction on my card.


Friendship Card

Got Newspapers?

I enjoy reading newspapers more than any other reading materials. In fact, when I learned to read about 6 years old, my first reading materials were newspapers. Sometimes I didn’t understand the words that I read and I’d ask my father. He would look at me puzzled and ask me back,”Where did you learn that word?” Apparently, my first reading material was not such a highly quality newspaper (in terms of articles and stories). But hey, I became a fast reader anyway. Now that I am newspaper subscriber, I have stacks of newspapers accumulating every day. Recycling is one way to do, but I got another good idea. I reuse the newspaper and turn it into origami boxes. The boxes are sturdy enough for my arts and craft materials. They can be pretty too with some accents added

Origami boxes from newspaper

Origami boxes from newspaper

 Origami boxes from newspapers