Easy Gift Bag Made of Comic Books

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Introduction: Easy Gift Bag Made of Comic Books

About: Thanks for stopping by! I'm Nir, and I'm a currently getting my PhD in physics. On my free time I enjoy building stuff :) Some of my upcoming projects - mold making for baking (3D printed), a rainbow night lig…

In this instructable I'll show you how to make personalized gift bags out of comic books (or other forms of printed art!). Old comic books and other printed art are awesome, but at some point, they're just collecting dust somewhere. I found a bunch of beautiful comics next to the trash bin and I decided to make some gift bags out of them. I thought that the bags turned out really nice, and that this is a great way to give new life to old pieces of art, so I decided share how I made them :) I tried to make my instructions easy to follow but also easy to modify - I wanted you to be able to create bags of any size you want. If I didn't explain clearly, let me know!

I hope you enjoy, and if you have any comments or questions - let me know!


P.s., if you end up making a bag, I'd love to see it in the 'I Made It' section at the bottom!!

Supplies

This project doesn't really require much at all:)

Materials

  • A bunch of old comic books or other forms of printed art. To make an identical copy of the bags I made, you'll need 3 A4 papers worth of comic book paper. If you want to create a custom size, see 'Step 1'.
  • Liquid paper glue (I used Elmer's wood glue but you're better off with ordinary glue made for paper).
  • For the handles - shoe laces, a ribbon, or something similar (see step 7).


Tools

  • A flat screwdriver for scoring the paper (or a different scoring tool - I saw people sell these but I don't see the point in paying for them! about 99% of people already have a screwdriver at home).
  • A ruler (preferably a long one - 50cm / 20" long).
  • A hole puncher (for the handles).


By the way, the entire project will take about 10-20minutes.

Step 1: Plan the Dimensions

I made bags of a specific size, which fitted the gifts I was giving. The exact dimensions are given in the first image. However, I tried to make the instructions in this tutorial as easy to modify as I could - so if you want, you can change the dimensions of the bag to fit your needs.

  • Look at the 2nd image (that of the finished bag). I marked 'X', 'Y' & 'Z' there so we have some common notations.
  • Decide what X, Y, Z you want for your bag.
  • Now move on to the 3rd image and put X, Y, Z in there. You can draw it on a paper if you like. Now you can calculate the size of the paper you're going to need. It'll be of width:

W = 2*X + 2*Y + 5cm (5cm = 2 inches)

And it's height should be:

H = Z + X/2 + 1.5cm (1.5 cm = about 0.5").

In case you want to repeat the exact dimensions I used (X = 10cm, Y = 20cm, Z = 15cm) you'll need about 3 A4 papers. I attached PDF files of the dimensions for those who prefer them over images.

Step 2: Make a Large Sheet of Paper

First, we need to make a single piece of paper that is large enough to make the bag we planned. Mine required stitching 3 A4 papers together.

  • Use glue and connect the papers to each other. I used a 2cm (about 1") of overlap between them. Make sure the papers are well connected.
  • Let the glue dry before moving to the next steps!

Step 3: Score the Paper

The large sheet of paper has two sides - one side you like more than the other. That'll be the outer side (which will be displayed) and the side you like a little less will be the inner side.

  • On the inner side of the paper, mark the scoring lines according to the plans in 'Step 1'. You can see what it looks like on my sheet of paper too (first image).
  • Use a flat screwdriver or another scoring tool, and score the paper along the lines. Be gentle not to tear through the paper.

Step 4: Fold & Glue the Top Fold

  • Fold along the top scoring line towards the inner side.
  • Open the fold back, add some glue, and spread it evenly along the fold.
  • Fold towards the inner side of the paper and make sure it's glued in place.

Step 5: Fold & Glue the Frame

  • Fold by 90 degrees along the vertical scoring lines to form the frame of the bag.
  • Put some glue on the section you left for the overlap, and glue both ends of the frame (see 2nd image)
  • You should end up with a hollow rectangular prism (see 3rd & 4th images)

Step 6: Fold and Glue the Bottom

  • Flip the bag so you're facing its bottom.
  • Fold along the score-lines marked by 'X' in the plans section (the shorter sides - see 1st & 2nd images).
  • Fold along the score-lines marked by 'Y' in the plans section (the longer sides - see images 3 & 4). Add some glue to make it last. Add some scotchtape if needed.

Step 7: Add Handles

  • Flip the bag so the top is facing you.
  • Use a hole puncher to make 2 holes on each side bag. The best place to punch them is where the paper is folded, so the handles are reinforced by two layers of paper. I measured 7 cm (about 3") from each side of the bag and punched the holes there to make everything symmetric.
  • Cut a shoelace or a ribbon into two copies of about 30cm (12").
  • Thread the shoelace / ribbons through, and add a knot to prevent it from sliding back (see GIF).

Step 8: You're Done!

You're done! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did! I bet the people you're going to give these to will really appreciate the extra effort & love you put into giving them a gift in a personalized gift bag :)

If you like my instructable, feel free to

visit my instructables page and my website for more! See you soon!


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8 Comments

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Ras96
Ras96

8 days ago on Step 2

Calendar art would be great for these.

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NirL
NirL

Reply 8 days ago

That's a really good idea! It's usually made of high quality paper too! Thanks!

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SandraN30
SandraN30

Question 21 days ago

Parabéns, adorei e até fiz uma de protótipo aqui, como tenho certa dificuldades com dobraduras e medidas, fiquei pensando se teria jeito de criar um molde para ajudar na hora de dobrar, uma certa automatização do processo.

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NirL
NirL

Answer 21 days ago

Thanks for the question :) The first bag may be a bit tricky or take a bit longer than usual, but the next ones should be much easier! Also, I think that I will be making a different size of bag for different gift sizes. If you want to make many gift bags of the same size, making a mold makes a lot of sense! If you need help in designing one, let me know [but just so you know - I can't speak Portoguese, sorry :( ].
Thanks for the comment and for sharing your version! I love it :)

Obrigado pela pergunta :) O primeiro saco pode ser um pouco complicado ou demorar um pouco mais do que o normal, mas os próximos devem ser muito mais fáceis! Além disso, acho que vou fazer um tamanho diferente de saco para diferentes tamanhos de presente. Se você quiser fazer muitas sacolas de presente do mesmo tamanho, fazer um molde faz muito sentido! Se você precisar de ajuda para projetar um, me avise [mas só para você saber - eu não posso falar português, desculpe :( ].
Obrigado pelo comentário e por compartilhar sua versão! Eu amo isso :)

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scharter
scharter

24 days ago

What a cool idea! I have a pile of old comics I've been trying to think of ways to repurpose.

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NirL
NirL

Reply 21 days ago

Perfect! I hope your big bags turn out nice! :)
Thanks for the kind comment too! :)

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

4 weeks ago

This is a great tutorial - they look store bought! :D

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NirL
NirL

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thanks Jessy! :) I was really proud of how it turned out! The secret is in the comics - some really talented people made it:) I just couldn't throw it out!