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Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags

By: Melony at Mel Designs

If you're wracking your brain for party favor ideas or searching for tiny present packages, collect a few pretty ads to construct these Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags by Melony Bradley.  They're perfect for gifting artisan candies or jewelry.

Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags


  • Magazine pages
  • Paper trimmer
  • Paper glue
  • Tissue paper (shown in black)
  • Scissors
  • Scalloped-edge scissors
  • Butterfly die cuts
  • Block letter stickers
  • Cardstock
  • Rubber stamps of your choice
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or beaded trim for handle
  • Small rhinestone decals or sequins


  1. Choose a full-page magazine ad and cut it down to a square using a paper trimmer. Examples shown are 7x7 inches, but larger squares will yield roomier gift bags.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bags Magazine Ads
  2. Fold the square in half diagonally.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Diagonal Fold
  3. Fold one corner across the page as shown. Use paper glue to secure the folds if needed.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Corner Fold
  4. Fold the opposite corner in the opposite direction as shown.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Opposite Corner Fold
  5. Separate the two corners at the peak and fold them away from each other so that they lie against the outsides of the pouch.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Final Fold
  6. Squeeze the edges of the pouch together a bit to open the pocket.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Open Pouch
  7. Cut tissue paper into 1x5-inch strips. Wrap it around the top edge of the pouch as shown and glue.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Wrap Tissue Paper

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Wrap Tissue Paper
  8. Trim excess tissue paper.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Trim Excess
  9. Trim edge of pouch with scalloped-edge scissors.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Scalloped Trim
  10. Cut cardstock into small circles and stamp with design of your choice.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Stamp Cardstock
  11. Glue cardstock circle to center of pouch, and then glue butterfly die cut to center of cardstock circle as shown.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Die Cuts
  12. Adhere rhinestones and block letter stickers to tissue paper trim.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Block Letters
  13. Punch holes on either side of the pouch and attach a small length of ribbon or beaded trim as a handle.

    Repurposed Magazine Gift Bag Finished


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We never throw out old greeting cards or Christmas cards. The card paper is usually excellent quality and can be reused for drawing paper or scrap paper. I take old Christmas cards, cut off the written message, and use the picture part to make gift tags. They are so pretty and useful.

Like the gift bag instructions. Will try. Lot cheaper than buying bags. Do you have any ideas to use old greeting cards, all occasion and xmas cards?

If you ever go to Christmas Cookie exchange parties you can write the recipe on the back of old Christmas cards for your friends to take home with their cookies!

These are so pretty, I will have to try this! Believe me I have lots and lots of magazines.

This is the perfect little bag I have been looking for to give gifts I make to my friends and family! I didn't know what to do with all my Better Homes and family circle magazines and thanks to fave crafts I can save money and have fun doing it!

I am going to use this idea to make May Baskets for friends.


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