In the modern age, pollution is a big challenge for the people of this earth.

The main cause of this pollution is the extensive use of plastic bagsSo to get rid of plastic, we can use paper bags which are biodegradable as well as not harmful to your health too.

Make a Paper School Bag

Paper was one of the most important inventions of mankind. The word paper came from the name papyrus from ancient Egypt. The Egyptians used to write down the events in the leaves of the papyrus tree and used to dry them out for preservation. From the papyrus, the paper is now one of the most important things in human life. You can’t even think of your life without paper. You have to use paper at every stage of your life. Be it for study, be it for advertising or for any other works. Most importantly in modern society, the paper has come up as an alternative to the most popular ingredient, plastic.

  • Generally, we make bags from the plastics to carry things from one place to another. Not only smaller things, but we carry heavier and larger things also in the plastic carry bags.
  • Since plastic is a non-biodegradable material, it harms nature in many ways. When you throw out a plastic carry bag anywhere, there are high possibilities that it will get into the sewage tunnel and will block the outlet.
  • On the other hand, if you burn it, then it remains in the air in the form of poisonous gases. To get rid of these circumstances, the paper is the most suitable alternative to the common people.
  • Many companies are making paper bags and sacks to carry things from one place to another. Here are the steps to make a paper school bag that you can keep as a craft item.

Square Shape Paper having a Measurement of 20 /20

Take a paper of square shape having a measurement of 20 cm/20 cm and fold it diagonally from both the sides. It will look like having 4 triangles on the paper. Fold the paper again and bring all the tips of the triangles to the center point of the paper.

  • Turn the folded paper upside down and again fold the tips of the four angles to the center of the paper. Repeat the steps for the third and final time. Take another paper with the same measurement and do the same thing as you did with the first piece of paper.
  • After you fold the paper for the third time, you will see that there are triangles inside another triangle. Now fold off the triangles and you will see that they will become squares and there will be another triangle inside the squares.
  • Fold the squares towards inside the piece of paper. Do these steps for both your paper pieces. Put together the squares of the four ends of both the paper pieces. It will make a square box shape out of these paper pieces.
  • You can leave one side of the box without attaching as it will work as the lid of the bag. Take another strip of paper and cut it into smaller strips to make the handles of the bag.
  • Now you can make designs on the bags to make them look happy and your craft paper bag is ready.

How to Make Paper Bags from the Newspaper?

Newspapers are the most common thing you can get to any house. There are thousands of newspapers in this world that serve you with the daily news with your morning tea. But once you finish reading the newspapers, they are of no use. In these circumstances, we dump them in the corners of the room and after some time, we sell them to the rag pickers. But you can make beautiful crafts from these newspapers and paper bags can be one of them.

  • To make a newspaper bag, you need to gather the required materials like newspapers, glue or pins, cardboard, one ballpoint pen, rope, ribbons, scissors, etc. you can take colors and other designing materials to make it look beautiful.
  • Spread the papers on the table where you work or on the floor of the room. It is better to have an entire sheep of the newsprint. If not possible, then you can put together two half sheets with glue. Now put both the ends of the paper and stick them with glue so that it can make a circular shape.
  • Now it’s time to fold the sheets horizontally and stick the two sides together with the help of glue. Cut a cardboard into a rectangular shape and put it on one side of the bag. That side will go as the downside and will carry the weight.
  • Put the cardboard and position it in such a way that it will have a 1-inch distance from either side of the paper bag wall.

Adhesive Must be Good

  • Put some adhesive at the downside of the cardboard and seal the edges of the bag. The basic structure of your bag is ready.
  • Put pressure on both sides of the bag such that the fold gets in the middle of the bag. We call it accordion fold as it helps us to open the bag with minimal effort.
  • Now take the ballpoint pen and make holes on the open end of the bag. Here we will attach the handles to carry it.
  • Take a piece of rope or a ribbon and insert the two ends through the two holes on either side of the bag. Tie them up and the paper bag is ready.

How to Make Paper Bags for Gifts?

For presenting a gift, you need a fancy paper bag after all. But if it is not available as per your choice in the market, don’t worry. You can make one on your own and it will not cost you too much. You just need to gather the materials and put some effort.

  • Arrange for a ruler, some craft papers, glue, and a pencil. You can also go for some colors and other decorating materials so that it looks gorgeous. Hard wrapping papers or old newspapers can be the best materials for making the bags and it will look more delicate.
  • Use the ruler to measure the paper as per your requirement. You can take larger pieces of paper if you want to make large bags.
  • Place the paper on your working table or the floor in front of you. Fold the two edges of the paper and mark them with a pencil.
  • Mark the central points of the edges and maintain the landscape orientation. Now fold the paper into two equal halves and stick them with glue to make a cylindrical shape from the paper.
  • You should take care of the fact that both the middle portions should fall one upon one. Fold the side towards inside the bag and press it firmly. You will get a sidewise fold in that way.

How to Prepare the Bottom?

  • Prepare the bottom of the bag and fold it such that all the ends can come together. No leakage should be there. It is better to fold the bottom end up to 4 inches so that the sealing of the bottom gets a firm finish.
  • Put cardboard on the bottom seal and stick it firmly with glue. This will lead to carrying more weight.
  • Now make designs on your bag or decorate it as you like to. Make two holes at the top of either side of the bag and put a ribbon through it to make the handles.

How to Make a Beautiful Paper Bag at Home?

Making a beautiful paper bag is not a very tough job to do. You can arrange for the things you would like to make the bag and follow the previous steps for that. When your bag is ready, put your signature under it and decorate your room with that.

How to Make a Paper Bag without Glue?

We generally use glue to make things sticking with each other. Glue works best on the papers. But if you are thinking of making a paper bag without glue, then you can use a stapler for the sealing purpose. Other than that, you can make folds with the paper at the corners and put the other ends into them so that they hold tight.

How to Make a Paper Bag with a Homemade Sheet?

Homemade papers are the product of old papers and other rags. We leave them to rot and then make paper from it. It becomes thicker and is much more consistent than the factory-made papers. So you need to follow the steps as we have mentioned in the previous paragraphs and in this way, you can make the paper bags with homemade sheets.

How do You Make a Small Paper Bag?

To make small paper bags, you need to take smaller pieces of paper. Now make a cylinder out of it and fold the bottom of the cylinder to seal it properly. Now put ribbons through holes at the upper side and your paper bag is ready.

How do I Make My Own Paper?

First of all, you take old papers and rags from your house and leave them in water to rot. Then mix some essential materials into it to give it the texture of paper and spread it in a flat wide space to dry.

Tips

  • Paper bags are the most suitable alternative of the plastic carry bags.
  • Make paper bags from old newspapers to use them in the highest possible way.
  • A paper is biodegradable and thus is safe to use for nature.

Paper bags are one of the most essentials that everyone should have in their houses. These are great because they can help you carry stuff from one place to another without having to carry it in your hands. There are also a lot of other plastic bags available in the market but they are horrible for the environment.  Climate change is a real thing and to be a good friend of the climate, it is better to start using plastic bags.

The problem arises when marts run out of these essential bags. Don’t worry though; you can still make them a part of your life. Crafting paper bags is very easy and you will be in a few minutes. Just remember to have all the necessary things at hand and you’ll be done in no time. You also don’t need to get a fancy paper to make these paper bags. You can use old newspapers as well.

What You’ll Need:

  • A pencil
  • Scale
  • A4 sized paper
  • Glue
  • Rope/Ribbon

Method:

  • Start by horizontally spreading your A4 sheet on a plain surface. Make sure that the surface is clean so that you don’t get any marks on your paper. Next up, take a pencil and a scale. On the right and left-hand side of the paper, measure from the top and mark it at 3cms.
  • Once you have made a mark on 3cms from the top on both the sides of the paper, fold it. You will be folding 3cms of the upper part of the A4 sized sheet. Use the back of a scissor or a scale to smooth over the line.
  • Next up, mark 1cm from the right-hand side of the sheet. Once you have a small mark on the right side, the next step would be folding it. Once done, you will have a 1cm folded flap on the right-hand side of the sheet.
  • Now, take some glue and spread it evenly over that 1cm flap. Make sure that you too apply too much or too little glue. Too much will turn into a mess and too little will break your paper bag. Next, take the left-hand side of the sheet and stick it over the 1cm flap.
  • Now, you will have a folded sheet that will be open from both ends. The next step would be to mark 5cm from the bottom of the sheet. Once done, fold the paper downwards till the 5vcm mark. You will now have another flap.
  • On the folded flap, fold the left-hand corner of it in an outer triangle shape. Do the same from the other right hand. This way you will have two triangles on the sides.
  • Now, once you have marked the triangles open them again. Open the entire folded flap and press the triangles inside. Fold the bottom of the opened flap halfway add apply some glue underneath. Next, fold the upper half over the glued lower half and glue it on the lower one. Once al glued up, it will look like an envelope. You just made a base and this will help to keep your contents in the bag.
  • Now fold around approximately 2cms flaps on both the right and left-hand side of the bag. Make sure that you fold till the edge of the triangle below. Press on the flaps to make marks and open them again. This will add more detail to your bag.
  • Once you have the marks from the previous flaps visible it’s time to move on to the next step. Make the bag stand on its base. The marks you just made should be visible on the sides of the bag. Press the marked lines inside the bag. Do it first from one side and then from the other side.
  • The previous step is done to give your paper bag more detailing. You will have minute details in this bag that you find in store-bought ones as well. Push the lines inside and let them stay outwards near the bottom.
  • Lastly, we need to have something to hold the bag. You can use a variety of things but ropes and ribbons work the best. Punch two holes on both sides of the bag. Start from one side, push the rope inside, make a knot on one end and then push the rope in the hole on the same side. Repeat this process from the other side of the back facing of the bag. Remember to make sturdy knots so that it doesn’t break. Make sure that you don’t take too small of rope pieces or it can be uncomfortable in handling. You also don’t want to make them too big or they’ll look weird.

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