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I really don't like to throw anything away, I recycle some but for things that can't be recycled I try to come up with something to make from it.

I love these gift bags, they are fast to make and have no waste. Try one out when you need a gift bag in a hurry and can't get to the store in time.

This bag saves energy in at least two ways. It saves you not having to drive to the store for a gift bag and it saves energy because then there is at least one less bag being made that would have been bought. If this catches on an many people reuse their chip bags for gift bags, that is saving a lot of energy.


 
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Step 1: The tools and supplies you'll need

Picture of The tools and supplies you'll need
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Tools:
scissors
hole punch
clear packing tape

Supplies:
chip bag
plastic grocery bag(s)


Step 2: Cleaning the bag

Picture of cleaning the bag
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turn the bag inside out and wash the bag (make sure you get the corners really clean) then stand it up and let it dry or dry it with a towel

Step 3: Squaring the bottom

Picture of squaring the bottom
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fold both corners as shown in pictures, then crease the sides and bottom

Step 4: Tape the bottom

Picture of tape the bottom
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once you have the bottom squared and the sides creased how you like it then get two pieces of tape and tape the bottom (the tape is clear so it was hard to photograph)

Step 5: Height of bag

Picture of height of bag
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now determine how tall you want the bag, fold the top into the bag to get the height you want

Step 6: Punch holes in the top of the bag

Picture of punch holes in the top of the bag
punch holes for the handles

Step 7: Finishing the bag with handles and tissue 'paper'/plastic

to make the handles take a plastic grocery bag and flatten it out

next cut the bottom seam and handles off

then cut off the store name/logo (leave the plastic warning on)
use this 'sheet' of plastic as tissue 'paper'

cut 2 strips of plastic about an inch or an inch and a half wide

string them through the holes

then tie them in a knot or bow on the inside of the bag

done.
susanrm2 years ago
I like this. The only trouble is I never eat chips. :-) Good going!
craftyv3 years ago
Great idea, ticks all the boxes. Although I commend your effort to use other plastic for the handles, may I recommend that you save any ribbon, cords, fabric, etc. to use especially for a female gift as It would really set if off. Not everyone appreciates the re-cycling thing.
wisk7784 years ago
Cool beans! My stepdad and grow son are big DIY guys, and they will have fun figuring out the bag after they enjoy the gift.
For a lady it would look nice with the handle bows on the outside too.
cmbrughnews5 years ago
OMG!  I love this idea and you for thinking of it. 
I, too, hate to throw into the garbage anything, and try to find ways to reuse anything that cannot be fed to the chickens, recycled, composted, etc.
I am definitely going to start making these!! 
Browncoat5 years ago
I admit to not being dedicated enough to do this, but what a great idea!!!
INFUSEDgoods (author)  Browncoat5 years ago
Thanks, just so you know it only takes about 5 minutes to make one, so if you get desperate for a gift bag you know what to do.