In need of a crafty challenge or keen to add a personal touch to your gift wrap this Christmas. Making your own gift bag is surprisingly easy and very effective. We have

You will need: Craft paper or thick wrapping paper, scissors, double sided tape, nice wide tartan ribbon (we used 38mm wide) and a cardboard box or rectangular shape to cheat and build your bag around

  1. Lay out your paper, pattern face down and trim to size to fit your box
  2. Check the size by folding around your box
  3. Stick a line of double sided tape along the long side
  4. Fold the paper around your box and press down to secure with the tape
  5. Tuck the narrow ends in, creasing carefully for neat edges and stick down with double sided tape
  6. Remove your box and insert your gift
  7. Crease and bring together the top edges
  8. Fold over several times and stick down with double sided tape to keep any edges hidden from view
  9. Wrap your ribbon around the bag vertically, knot, slide your gift tag on and then tie your bow over the top
  10. Trim the edges of your ribbon for a professional finish and there you have it, your very own gift bag

We loved this glitter paper but you can use any kind of craft paper, or a thick wrapping paper will also work well and just imagine the themes you can come up with as there are some lovely papers available. Let us know if you find a tartan one! Send us your pics