I just love to do paper crafts and find that there are certain ideas I like to use over and over again and one of them is to turn an envelope into a bag. I used this idea on my Frankenstein Goodie Bags and I have used it many other times for treat bags that I have not yet blogged about. So I thought that today I would share a quick paper crafts tutorial on how I turn the envelope into a bag – this is a more step by step tutorial so you can see exactly how I do this – it is so easy once you get the hang of it!
Paper Crafts: Turn an Envelope into a Bag Tutorial
- Paper Cutter
Grab an envelope – any envelope will work – the size of your bag is all determined on the size of your envelope.
You can either cut off the top flap with your paper cutter or adhere it down and cut off the top edge with your paper cutter. This all depends on the kind of envelope and where the flap is. With this envelope you could just cut off the top flap.
Now we will begin folding the envelope. You will fold over the bottom of the envelope about 3/4 of an inch along with both sides. This helps make a nice crease in the envelope for when we turn it into a bag.
*If you are going to decorate the front of the bag this is the time I do it. It is easier to decorate the bag while it is flat before turning it into a bag. Plus with your sides/bottom folded over you have a better idea of how big the front of the bag will be.
Now this is the part that can confuse some people – where we turn it into a bag – You want to open the envelope up. If you did your fold right you will see on the sides where the folds form the edges of the bag. I like to press these fold lines firmly with my fingers so it makes a nice solid crease.
Once you have creased both sides of the envelope you will want to push the bottom of the envelope in until it is flat. This will cause the two sides of the bottom to make points.
Fold the two points down and adhere down with tape – making the bottom of the bag. Now you can you the envelope as a bag and fill with fun treats for any occasion!
Here are some examples of how I have used this idea: