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.
Step 1: Not Too Girly Version
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
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
It doesn't really matter whether the box top is cut completely straight. Your paper will cover the edges.
Step 4: Cut Your Papers
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
Just like any gift box, you'll tape it down the center.
Step 6: Wrapping the Box, Step 2: Triangles!
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
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
Here's what your wrapped box looks like now.
Step 9: Punch Four Holes
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.