Recycled Food Box Gift Bags

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One of my daughter’s best friends was turning three and for her birthday she had a Hello Kitty themed party. Needless to say, my daughter picked out several cute Hello Kitty gifts for her friend. The one thing I hate spending money on is gift bags.  I don’t know why.  Maybe because I feel like you buy it for $5.00 and then it gets tossed in the trash hours later at the party.  So, I decided to make my own recycled food box gift bag.


  • Old Food Box
  • Wrapping Paper or scrapbook paper or newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Decorative craft tape


Here’s the box we used…a benefit of shopping in bulk… Any food box will work depending on the size of your gift.  This project is best for small gifts.

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I cut it to the size I needed for the gifts we bought.

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We wrapped it in brown paper.

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Next we used some decorative tape to embellish it.

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I punched a hole on each side and tied the ribbon through it.  It was sturdy enough to hold by the ribbon even with everything inside.

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We added one of my daughter’s foam stickers and a gift tag we made with some craft punches.

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It turned out great and I didn’t have to spend anything for a gift bag!  I already had everything handy in my craft room.  It only took about 10 minutes to make. The best part of it was that Mia and I did it together.


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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.