How to Make a wrapping paper bag for Valentine’s Day

Learn how to make a heartfelt, DIY Valentine’s Day gift with a personalized wrapping paper bag with this detailed tutorial. Perfect for adding a personal touch to your presents!

After making awesome gifts {or buying them} there are always creative and crafty ways to wrap them up. I made this cute and easy paper gift bag for Valentine’s Day. Why buy one if you can create them yourself, right?

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How to Make a wrapping paper bag

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate the season of romance and friendship than by crafting a personalized, handmade wrapping paper bag for your special someone? Forget store-bought bags; we’re all about infusing your gifts with a personal touch.

With just a simple sheet of craft paper, a splash of imagination, and a whole lot of love, you’ll learn how to create a one-of-a-kind wrapping paper bag that’s perfect for presenting your Valentine’s Day gifts.

Whether you’re surprising your partner, a family member, or a close friend, this DIY project is an opportunity to show your affection in a unique way.

I love making things with my hands, even if I buy a gift I love to present it in a creative, fun, and crafty way. This diy gift bag is easy to make even though the tutorial is long.

So, grab your crafting supplies, get ready to pour your heart into this creation, and let’s dive into the art of making a Valentine’s Day wrapping paper bag that’ll leave your loved ones truly touched.

Supplies:

  • Craft Paper
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Acrylic Paint – I used red and white}
  • A sponge
  • A heart cutout
  • 5mm ribbon

Tools:

  • Scissors and/or Cutter
  • Paper Hole Puch

Instructions:

Firstly, cut a piece of craft paper, I usually use 2 to 3 times the size of the gift.

showing a piece of craft paper on the table

Fold it leaving just half an inch at the end.

Folding a piece of craft paper

Then fold that half-inch over the previews one and glue them. You can use glue or double sided tape.

showing a folding half-inch over edge of piece of paper craft
gluing the edge of paper
pressing the fold on the edge of the paper with your hands

Make sure no glue leaks on the inside and let it dry for a few minutes.

showing the paper joined with the glue already dried

Now fold each side of the bag in the same width. In this case, I folded in 2 inches. A trick I use is I fold it both ways so it is easy to manipulate it in the next step.

folding one side of the bag
folding the other side of the bag
folding both side of the bag

Using the folding lines tuck down each side.

folding guided by the folding lines
another view of folding guided by the folding lines

Now, you should have something like this:

shown how the fold should be

Now fold the bottom of the bag in about ⅓ of the height.

folding the bottom of the bag in about ⅓ of the height

I stopped here to decorate. I did it here so I know the structure of the bag while painting.

Unfold the bag and get your heart cutout shape, paint, and sponge.

Put some paint on a piece of paper/paper plate.

holding a rectangular sponge in your hand

Touch the paint with the sponge and get rid of the excess tapping on the paper

Using your cutout as your template, tap around the edges on top of your paper bag.

The fun part is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!

showing how to sponge paint onto the paper bag using a heart stencil
showing how the result of the sponge painting technique looks on the paper bag using a heart stencil

Do it with the red and white paint playing around with positions and overlapping them.

Let it dry for about one hour.

sponging more paint onto the paper bag using a heart stencil

This is a messy work haha. But that’s the best part!

showing the bag already decorated with the sponge painting technique

Make sure to wash your hands before continuing though.

Pinched fingers due to the use of the sponge technique

Okay Back to the folding part. Remember we left it folding ⅓ of the height of the bag?

Good!

Open the bottom still folded and fold the inner parts like in the pictures.

top view of opening the bag from the bottom
top view of placing hand in the bag from the bottom
top view folding the bottom of the bag inward

Make sure the line that goes in the center keeps going straight from end to end along with the folding inner line.

top view showing the folds of the bottom of the bag

Then fold the lateral sides towards the center again following the folding center line creating a diamond shape like follows:

showing the folding process of the bag on the lower part 1
showing the folding process of the bag on the lower part 2

Then fold the flaps inwards one overlapping the other, like this

showing the folding process of the bag on the lower part 3
showing the folding process of the bag on the lower part 4

Glue the flaps making sure not to stick to the inside parts. The bag wouldn’t open.

My trick is I only apply glue to those triangles on the flaps.

placing glue on the fold of the bag at the bottom
placing glue on the fold of the bag at the bottom

Ok, we are almost done!

showing the folds of the bag on the lower part already dry

Fold the top opening of the bag at about an inch.

Folding the top opening of the bag at about an inch.

Then open the bag and fold it inwards.

the open the bag and folding it inwards.

You should have now something like this

showing how the bag should look

Now, using a regular paper hole punch, make the holes for the ribbon handles.

opening holes in the top of the bag with hole punch
showing the holes already made in the bag

Lastly, for your bag’s handles, cut a strip of your favorite ribbon and pass it through the holes until both ends get together inside the bag

placing pink ribbon through the holes made in the bag
showing the ends of the ribbon already placed in the bag

Finally, make a knot and TADAAAAA!!!!!

showing the knotted ribbon
Overhead view of the wrapping paper bag

As a final touch, I added some cutout love messages. This is totally optional and you can add anything you want! Imagination is the limit.

The wrapping paper bag finished on the table

There you have it! A cute and full-of-love gift wrapping paper bag!

Slightly side view of the wrapping paper bag with both handles hanging on the front

Crafting Tips

  • If you love hand lettering, instead of cutting messages you can write them to add your own touch to the bag.
  • Instead of ribbon, you can use twine, or even repurposed fabric strips to create sturdy and charming handles.
  • If you need the bag to be sturdier, you can use thicker paper and reinforce the bottom and side edges with extra layers of paper or cardboard for durability.
  • Infuse your bag with a sweet fragrance. Add a few drops of essential oil on tissue paper inside for an extra sensory delight.
  • Attach small photos from your favorite moments together on the bag, creating a timeline of your relationship.
  • Capture your handprints on the bag as a unique and personal design element. It adds a lovely touch of togetherness.
Side view of the wrapping paper bag outdoors on the ground

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I personalize the bag?

Get creative! Write heartfelt messages, draw Valentine’s-themed designs, or add photos to make it unique.

How do I make the bag sturdy?

You can reinforce the bottom and side edges with extra layers of paper or cardboard for durability.

Can kids get involved in making these bags?

Definitely! It’s a fun family activity. Kids can contribute their own artistic flair to the design.

What’s the best way to attach handles?

You can use ribbon, twine, or even repurposed fabric strips to create sturdy and charming handles.

How can I ensure the bag is the right size for my gift?

Measure your gift first and adjust the bag’s dimensions accordingly for a snug fit.

More Valentine’s Day Gifts to Try

If you enjoyed learning how to make a wrapping paper bag, you might also love these other Valentine’s Day Projects I got for you:

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How to Make a wrapping paper bag for Valentine’s Day

Camila Rojas
Learn how to make a heartfelt, DIY Valentine’s Day gift with a personalized wrapping paper bag with this detailed tutorial. Perfect for adding a personal touch to your presents!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Crafting Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Easy Crafts, Gifts, Valentine’s Day
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Scissors and/or Cutter
  • Paper Hole Puch

Supplies
  

  • Craft Paper
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Acrylic Paint – I used red and white}
  • A sponge
  • A heart cutout
  • 5 mm ribbon

Instructions
 

  • Firstly, cut a piece of craft paper, I usually use 2 to 3 times the size of the gift.
  • Fold it leaving just half an inch at the end.
  • Then fold that half-inch over the previews one and glue them. You can use glue or double sided tape.
  • Make sure no glue leaks on the inside and let it dry for a few minutes.
  • Now fold each side of the bag in the same width. In this case, I folded in 2 inches. A trick I use is I fold it both ways so it is easy to manipulate it in the next step.
  • Using the folding lines tuck down each side.
  • Now, you should have something like this:
  • Now fold the bottom of the bag in about ⅓ of the height.
  • I stopped here to decorate. I did it here so I know the structure of the bag while painting.
  • Unfold the bag and get your heart cutout shape, paint, and sponge.
  • Put some paint on a piece of paper/paper plate.
  • Touch the paint with the sponge and get rid of the excess tapping on the paper
  • Using your cutout as your template, tap around the edges on top of your paper bag.
  • The fun part is that it doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Do it with the red and white paint playing around with positions and overlapping them.
  • Let it dry for about one hour.
  • This is a messy work haha. But that’s the best part!
  • Make sure to wash your hands before continuing though.
  • Okay Back to the folding part. Remember we left it folding ⅓ of the height of the bag?
  • Good!
  • Open the bottom still folded and fold the inner parts like in the pictures.
  • Make sure the line that goes in the center keeps going straight from end to end along with the folding inner line.
  • Then fold the lateral sides towards the center again following the folding center line creating a diamond shape like follows:
  • Then fold the flaps inwards one overlapping the other, like this
  • Glue the flaps making sure not to stick to the inside parts. The bag wouldn’t open.
  • My trick is I only apply glue to those triangles on the flaps.
  • Ok, we are almost done!
  • Fold the top opening of the bag at about an inch.
  • Then open the bag and fold it inwards.
  • You should have now something like this
  • Now, using a regular paper hole punch, make the holes for the ribbon handles.
  • Lastly, for your bag’s handles, cut a strip of your favorite ribbon and pass it through the holes until both ends get together inside the bag
  • Finally, make a knot and TADAAAAA!!!!!
  • Overhead view of the wrapping paper bag
  • As a final touch, I added some cutout love messages. This is totally optional and you can add anything you want! Imagination is the limit.
  • There you have it! A cute and full-of-love gift wrapping paper bag!
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What other paper gift bags I can make myself?

Because there are so many ways to wrap a gift in a creative way. I’ve found some ideas that I love and I’m sure you will love them too.

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16 Comments

  1. Thank you for providing such useful information about the gift bag. It’s extremely useful information for creating the valentines day paper gift bag. I’m excited to try it!

  2. What a cool idea for any occasion! I already have paper bags but I would love to spruce them up with the same decor ideas.

  3. Your paper bag is divine.I can only imagine all the goodies one could put inside! I espcially like the heart stencil idea. Visiting via LOBS linkup.

  4. How cute is this!?! I can’t wait to try my hand at this. Pinning!!
    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}~AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  5. So pretty and you made it look so easy! I never would have thought to make my own bag! Thanks so much for sharing this on Snickerdoodle Sunday

  6. You can make your own gift bags? I had no idea! I love this idea….I have spent a fortune on gift bags in my life! I love this….PINNING it NOW!

  7. Thank you for this!! I’m pinning this not just for Valentine’s day, but for all of those “last minute” times when you need a gift bag but it’s too late at night to go out for one!

    1. Yessss and the possibilities are endless! You can make almost anything on your bag and you’ll hardly find another one the same! Thanks so much!

      XOXO