Whether you have bought or made a gift for someone special, you can go one step further by creating a paper gift bag to put the present in.
There are lots of pretty wrapping paper designs or you could make one from plain paper and decorate it. If you want to decorate the bag yourself, you could try lino printing
or the humble potato print
: 15 minutes
: Over 10's
2 pieces of ribbon, each 40cm long
Glue stick or double sided sticky tape
Cut the paper to 56cm x 33cm
Fold in one of the long sides by 7cm
Fold in the second long side by 4cm
Make sure you press down well on all the folds and creases you make
Fold in both short sides by 1.5cm
Fold the paper in half so the short sides meet and then unfold.
From one of the short sides, measure down 12cm, 30cm and 39cm and draw three lines across the paper at these intervals.
Fold along the lines you have drawn.
Unfold the long side that was folded by 7cm
Bring the two short sides together and glue or tape the short end flaps together, creating an open rectangle box.
Stand the box on the end that has the 4cm fold and at the other end fold in the base from the long sides.
With the short end flaps, fold these into triangles and add some glue or tape under them.
Turn the bag around the right way and reach your hand inside, push down on the base to make sure the triangle flaps are fully stuck down.
Punch two holes on either side of the bag at the open end.
Tie a knot in one end of a piece of ribbon.
Place the knotted end on the inside of the bag and thread the other end back out through the punched hole.
Pass the ribbon through the other hole on the same side of the bag and tie a knot on the inside.
Repeat with the other piece of ribbon on the opposite side of the bag.
Your bag is now ready to hold a present. If your present it quite heavy then you might want to cut a piece of cardboard the size of the base of your bag and place inside to strengthen the bag.