Here you will find a tutorial on how to create a gift bag using an envelope!
Yes, you read right, an envelope can be turned into a small gift bag. Just decorate and you're ready to go. Below are the details and some pics to follow along with.
Step 1. Start with a plain envelope
Step 2. Print out a fun Digital image like the one I have chosen here from
Step 3. Seal the envelope
Step 4. Using decorative scissors, cut the top of the envelope off
Step 5. Fold in both sides and the bottom of the envelope about 3/4" to 1"
(please forgive the lighting, my camera went funny on me)
Step 6. This is where it can get tricky. Stick your hand down inside the envelope (I used a letter sized envie and my hand didn't fit very well LOL)
Push the bottom of the bag up to make a flat surface, also push out the sides to create the "bag" look. Taking the bottom corners, fold them in towards each other and adhere with glue dots or double stick tape.
Step 7. This is what the envelope should look like if you have done the steps correctly
Step 8. Now you can color your image (if you haven't done this already)
Step 9. Punch two holes either on the top of the bag to create handles, or as I have done here, fold the flap over and punch holes to thread ribbon through.
(please forgive the black smear, my punch did it, not me LOL)
This is what the finished product should look like. You're envelopes can be any size depending on what size bag you need. You can use the big mailing envelopes for a larger bag or the small invitation envelopes for a small bag. I hope you will give this a try, it's fun to create your own bag and matching card for a very special friend :)
Digital Stamp: Coffee Talk (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff)
Envelope (standard letter size)
Copics for coloring image