Gift Bags for Christmas

If you're looking for a pretty and fun way to give Christmas gifts this year, I have an idea for DYO which means decorate your own Personalized Gift Bags.  

Personalized Gift Bags pinterest pin.

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I know it's a tad early to be talking about Christmas for some of you, but it's never too early to start planning.  And it's definitely not too early to be thinking of Christmas shopping.  I won't even tell you how many days are left, but if you want to freak out, google how many days until Christmas.  Makes me kinda have heart palpitations.

Any way, take a deep breath and let's talk about Christmas gifts today, because I have a fabulous idea for decorating your own gift bags so they can be personalized to any color scheme or preference.  

How to Decorate Your Own Gift Bags

Actually gift bags aren't too hard to find at the super market or even the dollar store.  But if you want to personalize them, then this is the idea for you.  Also buying supplies in bulk makes the bags much cheaper than even the dollar store has.

Supplies to Decorate your Own Gift Bags

Supplies to decorate your own personalized gift bags.

The first thing with any project is to gather your supplies.  Use what you have on hand or pick up supplies from the craft store or the following links:

Craft room drawers with ephemera and embellishments.

I have drawers and drawers of craft supplies categorized (loosely) by color and theme.  I have collected these things in my years of scrapbooking and crafting.  If you don't have a hoard stash, you can purchase a few things at the craft store.  

How to Decorate Brown Paper Gift Bags

Brown paper sacks made into personalized gift bags.

  • Measure the size of your gift bags.  You will be covering the gift bag with scrapbook paper, so with your measurements, decide how big you would like the paper.  Cut your paper with your paper trimmer.  
  • Glue the scrpabook paper to the gift bag with a light layer of tacky glue.  I like to use tacky glue because it holds very well.  Just make sure to use a light layer or the paper will buckle.

Christmas embellishments for personalized gift bags.

  • Use the same tacky glue to attach embellishments to the gift bag.  You can use vintage post cards that are reproductions or even authentic vintage that you've gotten from the flea market/antique store.
  • Then attach stickers and other embellishments.  

Embellishments for Christmas gift bags.

  • Tie ribbons onto the handles as well as bells.  
  • You can put tissue paper in the top of  the gift bag, or staple it shut.  Either way totally works.

Embellished Gift Bags.

You can also use this same process to make gift bags for other holidays and birthdays.  So fun to make them personalized for the event that you will be attending.

Embellished kraft gift bag for Christmas.

Decorate your own or Personalized Gift Bags are such a great way to give gifts in a personalized and super cute way.  And if you need further persuasion, they are inexpensive too.  :)

Don't go yet, a bunch of my friends have Gift Wrap ideas too!

Team Creative Crafts Gift Wrap Crafts

Beth with Creatively Beth is sharing 12 Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags that you can download, print, and color! The perfect activity to complete with the kids.


Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? We can’t believe how stinking cute this Mini Snowman Pinata is from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama.


Laura from Me and My INKlings has created an adorable and Reusable DIY Stenciled Gift Bag and is sharing the free printable file, too!


Download and print the cutest set of Christmas Sticker Tags hand drawn by Liz of Liz on Call. Since they are stickers, they won’t fall off the presents!


Heather from Homemade Heather loves to bake. These Snowflake Cookies and Winter Gift Tags are perfect for gift giving this holiday season!


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas is easy with Free Printable Gift Tags created by Blanca of Creativities Galore!


Michelle of Michelle’s Party Plan-It is sharing a fun and festive set of Snowmen Money Holders that she created with her Cricut.


Jane from DIY by Jane is teaching everyone how to make elegant Embroidered Holiday Gift Tags that are also quick and easy!


We love gifts that work double duty. This Handmade Woodland Gift Wrap with Gift-able Ornament is a brilliant idea shared by Beth of the Ruffled Daisy.


Diana from the Girl Creative is sharing simple and sophisticated Rustic Farmhouse Printable Christmas Gift Tags that timeless and budget friendly.


If you need a super easy trick for Packaging and Presenting Homemade Jewelry GiftsMarissa from Rae Gun Ramblings has you covered with a simple tutorial.

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