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If you're tired of paying for Disney themed gift bags or other lame new $6.00 gift bags, this cheap and creative instructable is for you. Your friends will love you for it - because you are just too cool.
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Step 1: Not Too Girly Version

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This is an example of what a map, duct tape and paper clips can look like as a gift bag. Try using the covers of Cabela's catalogue, Guns and Ammo, Field and Stream, etc. to make gift bags look a little more masculine.

Anyway - let's get started!

Step 2: Eat some cereal

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You'll need to finish your Wheaties or whatever breakfast cereal you like.

For this project you'll need: box, scissors, a hole punch, tape, and suitable papers for recycling. I use maps, old sheets of music, newspaper comics, and magazine covers.

Step 3: Cut off the Box Top

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It doesn't really matter whether the box top is cut completely straight. Your paper will cover the edges.

Step 4: Cut Your Papers

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You can follow the meridian lines of maps, and the staff notes of sheet music for straight cuts. But if you are talented with scissors you can probably cut anything!

Step 5: Step 1: Tape the Paper to the Box

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Just like any gift box, you'll tape it down the center.

Step 6: Wrapping the Box, Step 2: Triangles!

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The top ends are easier to push inside the box if you cut the paper ends into triangles. Here I am cutting from the center edge of the map on one edge to the corner of the top of the box.

Step 7: Step 3: Finish the Cuts

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Here you just repeat what you did on the left - cut from the center edge of your paper to the other box corner. Now you have an isosceles triangle or something like that. Then you fold the triangle you've created and fold it inside the box. How neatly you have finished this step!

Complete this step on all four sides of the box.

Step 8: You've Finished the Wrapping

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Here's what your wrapped box looks like now.

Step 9: Punch Four Holes

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Take your handy hole punch and make 2 holes on the top edge of the front of your box and two holes just like that on the back of your box. These holes allow you to add handles for your gift box.
geveryday3 years ago
Pack trail mix in it and take it hiking with you. When you are finished with it, use it for a carry-out-of-the-woods trash bag. You can reuse a cereal bag for packing trail mix and as a trash bag at the conclusion of your hike or walk. Also us for snack storage, to pack away frozen food or as a replacement of wax paper.
LenaL3 geveryday7 months ago

Great Idea!

Really clever idea! Can't believe I never thought of this before?! I'll be saving my pennies and pounds on having to buy gift bags again!
pscone3 years ago
This is a fantastic idea, recycling is the way forward and it's amazing at what can be done now which saves us all a lot of money.

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sambamamba3 years ago
this is so cool I posted a link to it on the preparing for Xmas thread on I hope you don't mind.
patmac6 years ago
This is a great use of throw away materials, and easy too. I will definitely use this. Thanks for a great instructable.
astyy_196 years ago
recycle is miracle! ;)
dobbylvr6 years ago
LOVE IT!!!! I will definently use this one! I think I'll use a plastic bag for the tissue paper though, makes it a little more green...
nice idea! great ible + photos :D
chile.limon6 years ago
mg0930mg6 years ago
Going to use, for my homemade candles. Thanks, for the wonderful instructable.
joinst6 years ago
This is a great idea! terrific!
omnibot6 years ago
Oh! Nifty.