Step by Step Brown Paper Bag Gingerbread House Christmas Gift Wrap

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Have a brown paper bag and want to use it to quickly wrap a gift? Sure, that will work, but you can make it a bit more creative than simply putting your gift in a plain paper bag. Turn it into a cute Christmas gingerbread house gift bag!

These are quick and easy to make and you only need a few materials. A brown paper lunch bag, a white marker, a hole puncher, and a piece of baker’s twine. Red paper and embellishments are fun but optional.

Read on for the step-by-step instructions on how to make these brown paper bag gift wrap houses.

Four brown paper bags decorated as  gingerbread house gift bags with cute Christmas decorations surrounding them. Text on image: Quick and easy diy idea Gingerbrad house paper bag gift wrap with step by step tutorial. thatcraftsite.com.

Gift Wrapping Tips

Let’s start with some helpful gift-wrapping tips.

  • These bags make great holiday candy or cookie bags or use them as gift wrapping for small gifts or gift cards. It’s also super fun to decorate your kids’ school paper lunch bag in the weeks leading up to Christmas break. Make this holiday season one to remember!

  • If you have the time, make a bunch of these and display them as a Gingerbread house Christmas village, or advent calendar.

  • For this project, I like to use tacky glue since it works well with a variety of materials and dries transparent. However, you can use any regular craft glue that you have on hand.

  • If there are any folds or wrinkles in your brown paper bag, carefully iron them out. Cover the bag with a thin towel and iron it on the lowest setting. Check the bag while you go to see if the creases have smoothed out already and you can stop ironing.

  • If the gift doesn’t fill the bag, plump it out with tissue paper.

Want more wrapping tips and tricks? Visit the complete list of all the gift wrapping tips (more than 60 all in one place!). There are tips on how to wrap large or odd shape gifts, how much paper you need, how to gift wrap without wrapping paper, tape, or ribbon. Make holiday gift wrapping simple!

Two brown paper bags decorated with white markers and red paper scraps to look like gingerbread houses. Christmas decorations displayed around. thatcraftsite.com.

You can make these gingerbread house gift bags as simple or complex as you’d like.

You can go all out and add small embellishments like sequins, mini pom-poms, ribbon, and scraps of colored paper for doors and windows. Or simply draw all of the decorations using a white marker.

Two brown paper bags decorated with white marker to look like Christmas gingerbread houses, bottle brush trees and small wreath adding to the charm. thatcraftsite.com.
Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag. thatcraftsite.com.

Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping: DIY Paper Bag Gingerbread House

Yield: 1 Gingerbread house gift wrap
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Low

Decorate regular brown paper bags with white marker and paper scraps to turn them into cute gingerbread house gift bags. Simply follow this easy step-by-step tutorial.

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. Gather all your tools and materials.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 1: gather your materials. thatcraftsite.com.
  2. Roughly sketch your design in pencil. Draw lightly so you can erase it if you need to.

    Start with the shape of the door centered on the bottom, work out from there. Leave some free space at the top for the roof.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 2: Sketch your design. thatcraftsite.com.
  3. Lay out your paper cutouts and embellishments. Don’t glue them on
    yet.

    Play around until you have the design the way you like it. Use colored paper to make door and windows.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 3: Lay out the embellishments. thatcraftsite.com.
  4. Set the embellishments aside. Remember where you placed them.

    Go over your pencil sketch with your white marker. Let ink dry.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 4: go over the sketch with a white marker. thatcraftsite.com.
  5. Now glue on the paper cutouts and embellishments.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 5: Glue on the embellishments. thatcraftsite.com.
  6. To make the roof, fold the top over to just above the windows.

    Trim the bottom edge of the roof in a scalloped line. Decorate with the white marker.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 6: Fold over roof and draw roof design. thatcraftsite.com.
  7. Set the bag upright on a flat surface, and put your gift inside. If it is a very small gift or something like a gift card, fill the bag up with a bit of tissue paper.

    Punch two holes through the roof and tie a piece of string or bakers twine in a bow to close.

    Turn a regular brown paper bag into a Christmas gingerbread house gift bag, step 7: Punch two holes in roof and tie a string bow through. thatcraftsite.com.

Looking for more unique and creative gift wrapping ideas?

Why not make your own DIY paper nutcracker gift wrap? Perfect if you need to wrap a cylinder-shaped present. Or a cute honeycomb snowman gift wrap.

If you have some felt and more ribbons, make a gorgeous felt and ribbon ornament gift wrap. Simply follow the easy steps described. Brown paper bags are ideal for small items. Decorate them as Christmas gingerbread house gift bags to make them more special!

Photo collage of step by step tutorial making a paper bag gingerbread house gift bag.
Easy step-by-step instructions on how to make brown paper bag gingerbread houses.
Closeup of brown paper bags decorated as Christmas gingerbread house gift bags. thatcraftsite.com.
Photos of brown paper bags turned into cute gingerbread house gift bags. Text on image: DIY gift wrap idea. Brown paper bag gingerbread houses. thatcraftsite.com.

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