I had a bunch of donated paper shopping bags of various sizes left over from the Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Sale I managed last fall. I wanted to find some use for them. I had seen where someone made square envelopes from 4 paper circles and decided that would be a great use for these bags.
Square paper envelope (above right) made from four paper circles cut from a Coldwater Creek paper shopping bag.
Cutting circles out of different portions of the bag made it possible for me to use specific portions of the bag where I like the pattern.
I used an old CD as my template to cut circles out of my paper bags to make my envelopes.
While the circles can be of any size, I used an old CD as my template. It’s something most people have access to, so I decided to use it for my template.
Four paper circles are folded in half, then intertwined like you would to close a box lid. I used a piece of removable tape to keep the circles in place before turning it over for gluing.
Fold the circles in half, then position them (one flap over and one flap under all around to make the square). I found I had to adjust the folded circles a bit to make them form a square. I put a piece of removable tape on the center (see above photo) to hold it in place before gluing.
Turn the envelope over and glue under each of the four flaps.
Turn the envelope over and glue under each of the four flaps as shown in the above photo. Any glue will work for this. Just be careful to use just a little bit for thin papers so it doesn’t crinkle the paper.
Square envelope made from four paper circles cut from a paper gift bag. In order to use this bag, I had a couple of holes in my circles from where the handles were. I just made sure they were on the inside of the folding, so they wouldn’t show.
These envelopes are easy to do. As with most projects, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but after making a couple of these envelopes, they go really fast.
Square envelope made from four circles cut out of a Happy Birthday gift bag. Notice the word “birthday” showing on the top left envelope flap. I cut out my circles to make sure it would show.
Position the CD before cutting to get the best possible pattern from the bag.
Square envelope made four circles cut from a Coldwater Creek shopping bag.
While I used old gift bags, these envelopes can be made from any paper. Scrapbooking paper or paste paper will work fine.
Square envelope made from four paper circles cut from a gift bag.
A really fun children’s project would be to use portions of drawings or paintings made by children. The circles could be larger or smaller, depending on what you wanted to put in the envelope.
Square envelope made from four circles cut from a white gift bag that someone had sprayed with color and spray webbing.
This was a fun project. I love it when I can recycle or upcycle to make something new from something that was going to be discarded.
Five square envelopes made from circles cut from old gift bags.