19th day of Christmas crafts: DIY gift bags

For the 19th day of the Christmas crafts challenge, I’ve teamed up with some collaborators to create a tutorial for these DIY gift bags!

Perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving, these bags will show off your personality with patterns, and they’ll show that you put hard work into your gift… including the wrapping!

Read below for details on how to make your own gift bags!

You’ll Need:

  • Box to use as form
  • Wallpaper
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Cardboard (optional)

My latest tutorial for Oh Happy Day is up with these DIY gift bags! I thought it was about time these Christmas crafts got collaborative, and we have a couple of collaborators for this tutorial! Ferm Living, my fellow Copenhagen neighbors, have beautiful wallpapers that we used to repurpose into these gift bags.

So far in the Christmas crafts challenge, we’ve had a lot of crafts that can be used as decor for your home, like these flapper trees and this Bah! Humbug hanging wall banner. As it gets closer to Christmastime, I wanted to create a tutorial to help out with all of the gift wrapping! As you can see in the pictures above, these beautiful wallpaper prints aren’t just for the holidays! Use these DIY gift bags year-round for birthdays, showers, and other celebrations!

DIY gift bags from wallpaper


  • Box (in the full tutorial on Oh Happy Day, I used a traditional Danish Christmas candle box) to use as a form for the size of your gift. For larger packages, you can use cereal boxes or laundry detergent boxes. I found that books are great for medium boxes. For smaller shapes, I used tea boxes. You can experiment with different shapes and sizes!
  • Wallpaper large enough to wrap around the box
  • Ribbon to use for handles. You can use different colors for different gift bags!
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Cardboard (optional)

Check out the rest of the instructions over at Oh Happy Day, with more pictures of the process! Thanks Hilda for your lovely photos!

More holiday gift decoration ideas

We’re all about creating the most gorgeous celebrations here at Lars, and the gift-giving is no exception! We’ve got tutorials for every season and every type of celebration! For the Christmas season, check out this candy cane wrapping and these paper holiday greenery gift toppers! We even created our own line of wrapping paper here at Lars!

Wrapping paper (or wallpaper, in the case of these DIY gift bags) isn’t just used for wrapping gifts! Read about 5 different ways to use your patterned paper here.

Take a look at more fun gift wrapping ideas for any holiday, like this DIY fruit wrapping paper, licorice wrapping paper, and polka dot wrapping paper!


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