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.
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.”
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?
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.
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).
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 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.