Most people make use of paper shopping bags when either carrying lunch items or exiting a store. However, you may not have a paper bag with you whenever you need it. You may have run out of paper bags that you have collected from your shopping at home. In this case, you can try to make your paper bag.
Here are a few simple steps on how to make a paper bag:
1: Collect Paper and Materials
You can use any kind of paper to make bags. However, you should consider the purpose of the bag when choosing a paper type. For example, you may want to use kraft paper or cardboard to hold something heavy and make a sturdy bag. You can even use multiple tissues if you want to make a small gift bag to hold something very light and delicate. Newspaper or colored printing paper can be used to make decorative paper bags. Using materials that meet the visual appeal and choosing a paper type that is strong enough to grasp any item to be carried in the bag should be your primary choice.
Once you’ve decided on a paper type, you’ll need to collect a 9-inch by 15-inch piece of paper for each standard size bag you want to make. If you want to make a larger bag or a smaller bag, use these numbers as the scale model. In addition to paper, you will need durable paper glue. Avoid using glue sticks or liquid glue for standard crafts. Buy any additional decorations that you want to put in a paper bag.
2: Cut and Fold the Paper
If the pieces of paper are not 9 inches by 15 inches or the scaled variation desired, use scissors to cut them to size. Put the paper horizontally on a flat surface. Front view, the longest side of the paper should extend from left to right. Short sides should move up and down. Carefully fold the bottom edge of the paper 2 inches up. To ensure a straight line, fold both sides upwards at the same time without breaking the paper. This will create a smoother and more even line. After you fold the paper correctly, crease it. Open the section without folding it a second time and remember that this piece will be the bottom of the bag. Using the section as a visual guide point for the bottom, fold the remaining edges into four equal sections. To do this, you can use a ruler and make a small checkmarkwith a pencil in each pair of parts. Divide the paper width by four to calculate the size of each section. With the lower fold in place, this will create a bag shape where all sides meet at the bottom. It is not necessary to fold the bottom inwards for the next step.
3: Paste the Paper Bag
The last step is to glue the paper bag. It is important to glue the short sides evenly to avoid a wrinkled look. For best results, glue them on first and let the glued seam of the paper bag dry before gluing the bottom. When it’s time to glue the bottom, fold the two facing each other inward. Apply glue under these edges and carefully fold the remaining two edges inwards to line up the bottom sections evenly. Put one hand inside the bag and the other under it to firmly press and seal the bottom glued panels. After all the glue has dried, you can decorate the bag according to your preferences.
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