Father’s Day Gift Bags

The tie on this bag is made from a paper I found at a college bookstore.

One of my new gift bags made from a 9″ x 12″ envelope and a piece of paper I purchased at a college bookstore.

All week, I have been making these adorable gift bags. And I keep finding more papers that I want to make into ties. I have lots and lots of papers.

This tie was made using one of my paste papers.

This tie was made using one of my paste papers.

I start out with an ordinary 9″ x 12″ white envelope with the flap at the top, the kind you get at office supply stores. After removing the flap, I make slits in the sides just below the envelope opening and then fold down these new flaps to make the “collar.”

This tie is made from another of my paste papers. Gold watercolor powder was incorporated into the paste paper.

This tie is made from another of my paste papers. Gold watercolor powder was incorporated into the paste paper.

Next, I find a paper I think would look good as a tie. With all the closets full of papers I have, deciding on just a few papers is really hard. Is there such a thing as having too much paper?

Another tie made from paste paper. Stamping and gold make it interesting.

Another tie made from one of my paste papers. 

To make things simpler for myself, I’ve made cardboard templates for the tie and the knot. I even added a half inch on the sides so that I have extra paper that I can fold in. I think it looks a little more “tie-like” with the sides folded.

This tie is made from paste paper where I used a variegated comb to make the pattern in the paper.

This tie is made from paste paper I made using a variegated comb to make the pattern in the paper.

Now the real fun starts… getting the right tie. I lay my template on my chosen paper, and move it around till I find just the right spot for that particular paper. Can you see how the green tie above looks balanced, going from larger stripes at the bottom to finer stripes at the top? This was actually planned (at least this time it was).

This tie is made from a paper I purchased about 25 years ago.

This tie is made from a paper I purchased about 25 years ago. This is the last bit of it I have. I wish I could find more somewhere.

After cutting and folding, the knot needs to be glued to the tie. I know that my knot isn’t technically the correct shape, but I decided I liked the way it looked graphically. So I went with visually appealing graphic rather than trying for realism. I use PVA glue as my adhesive, but if you are making your own you can use pretty much any craft glue.

I couldn't resist making a tie out of this plaid paper.

No tie collection would be complete without at least one plaid tie.

I decided the ties should be removable, so I attach them to the envelopes with small pieces of adhesive Velcro under the knot.

The paper collars tuck nicely behind the knot of the tie, which also holds the bag closed. They are not glued. And, yes, I know that in real life the collar goes in front of the tie, but I like how this folds closed so easily. No tape needed, just a small piece of adhesive Velcro to hold the tie in place.

I hope you enjoy this project. Even though I originally thought of this because of Father’s Day, this gift bag could be used for birthdays and lots of other gift giving occasions.

And if you are looking for information on paste papers, check out these past posts: Paste Papers: Part One and Paste Papers: Part Two

Enjoy, Candy

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