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By Starr Durrant

If you are like me, you have a stack of gift bags put away from last years Christmas and despite that – you’ve bought more! Finding myself with more gift bags than gifts, I decided to recycle a few of my favorites and with just a few simple steps created some pretty Christmas decor accents you can display in your home at Christmas or give as gifts.

1 Collage

If you have scissors and glue – you can do this! Just cut up the bag and glue to the candle holders or vase. If  you’re making a picture – cut to size and insert into frame. These make beautiful home decor accents or gifts and fast, affordable and EASY!

Red Gift Bag Accents

Try these easy place mats and napkin rings! Just cut off the panel of medium sized bag and add ribbon down the side to cover the handle holds. Cut a piece and loop and glue for napkin rings. There are so many beautiful designs and textures of bags, something for everyone and great fun for the kids table too!


Place mat and napkin ring from reused gift bag

Candy cane place mat from reused gift bag

If you have kids, you’ll love this idea! Buy or reuse an extra large gift bag. Remove the front panel and glue it to a piece of foam board – its that easy. The handle makes a natural hanger and these would be great fun for kids to decorate their bedrooms. Even if you don’t have foam board (available at dollar stores) you can just hand it as is as well.

Gift Bag Poster

There are endless gift bags and as many possibilities for recycling them! I hope these simple, affordable Christmas DIY  ideas inspire you to make your own recycled Christmas magic!

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Comments on: "Beautiful Christmas Gifts From Recycled Gift Bags" (5)

  1. Hahaha I enjoy those easy projects too!

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  2. Thanks – I’m with you on that, its always fun to make something new from something old. Thanks for checking it out!


  3. Thank you so much. I’m always so happy when I can reuse something and even happier when its easy to do! lol

    Liked by 1 person

  4. l love a bit of upcycling, what a great idea


  5. This is a fantastic idea!


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