Spring DIY | Rustic Gift Bags

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You probably know me by now. I love to craft but I like to keep it simple so we can all make a decent attempt of it regardless of previous experience of gadgets around the house. 

So yep you got it we're getting crafty again with this really easy gift bag DIY. Whenever you walk in the craft shop, or a gift shop do you look around and think "pff I could do that?!" well I always get that with gift bags. I mean that can't be that hard right? Well I've made it even simpler for you.


For these gift bags I've made templates for three difference sizes so you can make the perfect fist for your presents and gifts. You can print these out onto A4 or A3 its completely up to you, but make sure to blow them up if you're using A3.

Small 1 giftbag template PDF
Small 2 giftbag template PDF
Medium giftbag template PDF
Large giftbag template PDF

The PDFs are completely free for you to download but please do not distribute them or use them for commercial purposes. If you would like to use them for anything other than personal use and you're not sure please contact me.


So for this DIY you're going to need:


  • A print outs of the attached PDF templates
  • Brown parcel paper or card
  • cocktail stick
  • ruler
  • PVA or double sided tape
  • sticky tape
  • Hessian string in your choice of colours
  • Some tissue paper or straw for decorative filling
  • Your choice of embellishments (optional)
Everything I've used in this DIY was bought from the works and cost me less than £5 with enough supplies for 20+ bags!

When you print the templates you can either make them straight away from the printer paper, or to make gift bags like mine by tracing the templates onto your chosen decorative paper.. Here I'm using brown parcel paper for a rustic look.


Idea: These are totally biodegradable so that's a big thumbs up from me, but if you want to be even more environmentally friendly why not try making these by recycling your old and used gift wrapping? You could even use news paper!

To watch my easy to follow instructions watch the video below on TheasThinkings new Youtube channel!


Basic steps:

For each bag make sure you trace two templates. Cut-out your templates, then fold along all the dotted lines so they are on the inside of your bag. some of these lines will create clear lips for gluing the sides together, and others will create folds so the bags can all be folded flat when not in use.

Before glueing anything together take a needle or cocktail stick and carefully pierce through the circles at the top of the template. This is where we'll thread through the string to create handles.


Now taking your first template put a line of glue or double sided tape on the outer side of the folds and glue or secure onto the inside or your second template. This will keep all the seem tidy and hidden away on the inside of your bag.

Repeat on your second side and the bottom of your bag until all folds have been glued together and leave to dry.



Once your bags are dry you can then decorate them however you like, and string about 30cm of hessian string through the holes we made earlier at the top of the bag.


All you need to finish it off is to add some decorative filling and your present!




If you'd like to see more DIY's you can also try these:

DIY Headboard
Glass Tealight Baubles
Autumn Craft Pompom Pumpkins!

I hope you enjoy this really simple DIY and get creative making beautiful and affordable gift wrapping for your friends and family. Don't forget to tag me in your pictures on twitter using the handle @theasthinkings!



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