Personalized Gift Bags for Holiday Cookies: Best Ideas for Making and Decorating Paper Bags

Holiday gifts are from the heart. They don’t have to be expensive, store bought, or damaging to mother earth. Creating eco friendly gift wrap is easy, fun and contributes to a more sustainable living Holiday celebration.

Gift Wrapping Supplies

Collect a cache of eco friendly gift wrapping supplies for decorating cookie gift bags.

●        Paper kraft bags in various sizes

●        Raffia or Hemp twine

●        Recycled card stock

●        Stamps

●        Acrylic paints

●        Paintbrushes

●        Small dishes

●        Tissue paper or fabric remnants

●        Wax paper or reusable plastic ziploc bags

●        Hole punch and scissors.

Its easy to create personalized and themed gift bags that match the gift recipient and the type of gift placed in the bag.

Make Paper Gift Bags: Christmas Gingerbread Men

Instead of a store-bought gingerbread man stamp, consider making extra cookies (or better yet, cookies out of salt dough) to use as stamps.

  1. Make a batch of the best gingerbread men and women     cookies to give as home made Christmas gifts.
  2. Use pine green, bright red, and gold acrylic paints.     Acrylic paints are water-based and usually non-toxic, but always check the     label.
  3. Pour some paint onto small plastic dishes. Paper plates     and styrofoam meat trays also work.
  4. Either dip stamps in paint or brush paint onto stamps     with a paintbrush.
  5. Decorate gift bag on one side with red, green, and gold     gingerbread men.
  6. Let dry, then decorate the other side.
  7. Place cookies in a ziploc bag. Or, instead of plastic,     consider wrapping cookies in wax paper.
  8. Place wrapped cookies in decorated gift bag. Cover with     tissue paper or green and red fabric remnants.
  9. Tie the handles with a big raffia bow.
  10. For a nice touch, tie a gingerbread man cookie cutter     to the handles with more raffia.
  11. Attach gift tag (see below).

Make Paper Gift Bags: Hanukka Cookies

Start with Hanuka themed cookie cutters, such as dreidel, six point star, and menorah or candle shapes.

  1. Make a batch of favorite cookies to bring to friends during Hanuka.
  2. Use either store bought Hanuka stamps, or make a few     salt dough cookies to use as stamps.
  3. Pour royal blue and white acrylic paints onto paint     trays.
  4. Dip stamps in paint or paint them with paintbrushes.
  5. Decorate one side of bag with blue and white Hanuka     shapes.
  6. When dry, take silver paint and paint the Hebrew     letters (shin, nun, gimel or hay) on the dreidel shapes.
  7. When dry, repeat steps 3 to 6 on the other side.
  8. Place cookies in a ziploc bag. Or, instead of plastic,     consider wrapping cookies in wax paper.
  9. Place wrapped cookies in decorated gift bag. Cover with     tissue paper or blue fabric remnants.
  10. Tie the handles with a big raffia bow.
  11. For a nice touch, tie a Hanuka cookie cutter to the     handles with more raffia.
  12. Attach gift tag (see below).

Make Gift Tags

  1. Cut gift tags out of recycled card stock.
  2. Using colorful markers, crayons, or paints, write     “To: Name” and “From: Name” on gift tag.
  3. Add any other message if desired.
  4. Punch hole in corner of gift tag.
  5. Tie to bag with raffia.