Monday, December 5, 2011

Bag In A Box Tutorial

Tis the season for holiday crafting!! I have a fun tutorial today for making a Bag In A Box. I first saw this tutorial over at Splitcoaster Stampers a while ago. It's a cute little bag/box that is perfect for giving away some treats or goodies this holiday season. Do you want to make one? Let's get started.

You will need:
-patterned paper and cardstock (if desired)
-strong adhesive (I used the double sided red sticky tape)
-something for making score lines
-embellies, including ribbon or twine

First, cut a square of cardstock 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. You will only see this cardstock by looking into the box, it won't show on the outside.

Score each edge 1 inch in. Then score a diagonal between all corners.

Fold on all score lines. On the diagonal score lines, bring the point in towards the middle of your square.

Adhere all corners with strong adhesive, forming a box.

Cut a piece of patterned paper 5 1/2 x 11 inches. Add adhesive to one long side and one short side.

This will be the wall of your bag. Set your box on the long side of the paper and start rolling it up in the paper. If you want the seam in the back of the bag, start rolling your box halfway up one side. I hope this photo demonstrates that!

Start rolling your box along the adhesive edge of the paper, taking care to keep the bottom of the box lined up with the edge of the paper.

Press the adhesive and paper together tightly as you go. Here it is, all rolled up!

This is what it looks like inside. You can see the color of the box from the inside.

Cut a strip of coordinating paper 1 inch x 11 inches. Roll it along the bottom of the box using the same technique. This adds a nice border at the bottom of your bag.

Punch 2 circles from coordinating paper. Fold them in half and add to the top of the bag. Punch holes in the half circles. Embellish the front of the bag as you wish. Use the ribbon or twine to squeeze the bag shut and secure the top. Here's my finished bag!

See how the top comes together?

I used Echo Park 'Everybody Loves Christmas' paper and stickers, Twine from The Twinery and a sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink.

I had so much fun, I made three of them!

I had a fun time embellishing the front of each bag differently, but with the same basic style. Inside these bags are Ghiradelli chocolates and Lindor truffles. They are fairly roomy and you can actually fit quite a few treats inside! They will be perfect for co-workers and neighbors.

If you find some time to make some of these fun bags, link me up. I would love to see what you've created. Happy Holiday creating and thanks for stopping by!


wendipooh13 said...

ohhhh that is sooo clever and cute!!! I love that idea!! i'm going to have to use it.

Jamilie said...

WOW! That is plain awesome!!

Aimee Kidd said...

Your bags are so beautiful!! And thanks for that AWESOME tutorial!! Jotting this down on my to-do list!!

mustangkayla said...

Those are so much fun! Great tutorial! Thanks!

Rebecca Keppel said...

I love how these came out! And the greeting in between 2 parts of the tree looks fabulous!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial! So fun and cute!

BethieJ said...

I LOVE these Mara!!! So CUTE!!
Happy Holidays!

BethieJ said...

I forgot to add.... I SEE my favorite snowflake! :) Making some here too! :)

Leah said...

Oh my! SO cute!! I love them. I have been making gift bags with the Front and Center die (PTI), but will have to try these too :)

Cheryl said...

Mara, that's adorable! What a great tutorial.

melody said...

love these mara! i've made them before and they're so fun to create and make great gifts! lovin the different colored scrumptious!