Make Mini Paper Handbags for Gifts and Party Favors

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Posted on March 22, 2021 by Zeldi Smulders
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With decorations on the table and party favors for the guests, you can make a basic event something special and memorable. However, if you have a lot of loose items for your party table, putting it all on the table at once can make it look cluttered.

If you do decide to include small gifts and party items, your guests will need something to put all their goodies in to take home or to use during the party. These mini paper handbags are just what you need to keep the items contained. They can even be used to allocate seats to guests if you add a name on the bag. The best part – you can make them fit in with your party’s theme! If you think about it, there’s a lot of events and themes that require a handbag in one of its many forms and this allows many creative ideas for party planning. Among other things, it is perfect for children’s parties or any other small gifts.

3D Handbag Set by gentlemancrafter

This product will show you how to make five different mini paper handbags. The set includes illustrated and written instructions on how to assemble the items and the steps are easy to follow. You will get the hang of making these handbags in no time and the results are wonderful! As long as you follow the guidelines and make sure everything gets glued to the area where it needs to go, everything will turn out great!

It is necessary to mention that decorations are not included, although the bags will still look very nice without them. If you choose to do so, you can add anything from ribbons and tags to flowers and studs, or even just play around with the paper you use. The creator of this product recommends 200 – 250 gsm cardstock.

The best thing about the file is that you can choose your own look and adjust it according to the sizes you need. Take note that the shapes may not always be the right size at the start so that you can start cutting right away. You might have to play around to get it just right. Check this before you run it through your cutting machine to make sure the layers and “hardware” will fit with the main pieces.

You will need:

  • The 3D Handbag Set by gentlemancrafter
  • Suitable paper for the main, layer, and hardware pieces
  • A cutting machine
  • A scoring tool
  • Craft glue
  • Your decorations of choice

Follow the instructions that come with the product after you have purchased it. Once the mini paper handbags have been cut and assembled with craft glue you can decorate them and add your gifts or party favors. If the party favors need to be a surprise for the receiver then it will be better to make a bag with a flap that can close, or to add a magnetic or velcro strip on the inside of the bag.

Take a look at the different types of bags you can make:

1. The (Beach Party) Tapered Tote

The beach bag is a big bag of fun that usually ends up with heaps of sand in it at the end of the day. Don’t forget the necessities like sunscreen and of course, the bag to put it in!

To fit in with the theme, this bag is made of red and white striped paper and decorated with a wavy blue ribbon, a navy blue tag, and a silver anchor. As was done here, you can use double-sided paper instead of cutting and adding more layers to the main piece.

What you can put in this beach party gift bag:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

2. The (Bridal Party) Hobo Hamper

Spending time with your friends before your big day is an opportunity to create beautiful memories. It is going to be a day to remember and you will need a pretty (yet useful) bag to carry your party essentials!

To fit in with the theme, this bag is made with floral patterned paper with rose gold lettering. The bag is decorated with a mint green tag with a pink stud, tied with a pink ribbon. The handles received a layer of rose gold foil to add a bit of shine. As the handles look like rings, it can be used to support the theme and the tag can look like the jewel on the ring!

What you can put in this bridal party gift bag:

  • A bridal party badge
  • Bridal party games
  • Lipstick or lipgloss

3. The (Graduation Party) Elegant Tote

As the time of carrying heavy book bags pass and it is time to step into the professional working world with a briefcase, it calls for a celebration of moving on from one bag to the next.

To fit in with the theme, this bag is made with black, white, and gold paper and decorated with gold studs and golden glitter glue. This bag will need a magnetic or a velcro strip to keep the flap in place and allow it to be opened and closed.

What you can put in this graduation party gift bag:

  • Stationery
  • Sticky notes
  • A poem

4. The (Tea Party) Curvy Satchel

You are cordially invited to a tea party and your handbag will have to fit the occasion. You need not bring your own as there is one waiting for you next to your cup of tea.

To fit in with the theme, this bag is made with pink and white paper and layered with blue paper with white dots and pink roses. It is decorated with glitter glue and pearls.

Tip: Use the front layer of the handbag to make an extra pocket.

What you can put in this tea party gift bag:

  • Teabags
  • Biscuits
  • Pearls

5. The (Picnic Party) Bonus Basket

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket filled with the things you love and enjoy the day outside with friends and family.

To fit in with the theme, this bag was made with brown paper and decorated with a red tag tied to a white lace ribbon, and a white and red patterned paper crumbled up to look like a blanket hanging out of the basket.

What you can put in this picnic party gift bag:

  • Snacks
  • A treasure hunt map
  • A flower crown

Caution: Do not add items that are too heavy for the mini paper handbags to handle. Make sure the items you insert are sealed and covered to avoid any leakage and stains.

Please let me know which bag is your favorite and at which occasion you would use it in the comments below. Happy Crafting!


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