Paperbag Greeting Card

Here are the simple directions on how to make a Paperbag Greeting Card used with permission by Susan Leader-Grace, a member of MakingGreetingCards.

Below are the step-by-step instructions and pictures for making this birthday blessings greeting card using a size 4 lunch bag.

paperbag greeting cardA Paperbag Card

Instructions for Making a Paperbag Card

paperbag greeting cardLunch Bag

Have a lunch bag with seam side up and fold in half so that the bottom of the bag meets the top and press seam. This sample bag is a size 4,but a size 5 was used in the picture samples.


  • The bottom fold of the bag should be on the inside left of the card and the opening of the bag should be on your right inside and at the back of the card.
  • Pick out 3 different papers, one blue paper, 1 different light paper and one patterned paper. Card stock can be used to create a sturdier card.
  • 5 decorative brads
  • 6 buttons
  • One piece of silver cord
  • One large piece of ribbon
  • One spiral clip
  • Glue and coloured staples

Making Front of Card

  1. Cut blue paper to size of bag card and glue down.
  2. Cut a strip of blue paper and back it with the pattern paper
  3. Put two decorative brads on either side of the strip and glue to the blue paper.
  4. Die cut 'Birthday Blessings' and flowers out of the light paper and place them on the blue paper.
  5. Glue buttons to centres of flowers.

Inside left of Paperbag Greeting Card:

paper bag cardInside of Card
  1. The bottom of the bag will create a pocket with the next directions.
  2. Cut a strip of pattern paper to place on the left side of the page and under the bottom of the bag, glue down.
  3. Cut a piece of blue paper to cover just the part from the left to the edge of the bottom of the bag.
  4. Cut a piece of light paper to create an edge and tear the right side.
  5. Place two decorative brads top and bottom to the two pieces of paper and glue down.
  6. Because the side of the bag has a fold it has two edges just under the bottom of the bag. Pick up just the first edge and staple it to the bottom of the bag. This way you create a pocket and you haven’t stapled through to the front of the card.
  7. Cut a piece of pattern paper, and back it with a piece of blue paper. Glue die-cut flower on it with a button in the centre of the flower.
  8. This is glued to the light and blue papers so as not to interfere with the pocket.
  9. Cut a piece of pattern paper and back it with a piece of blue paper so that it fits in the pocket and doesn’t get bent when you close the card. Glue die-cut flower with button on it.
  10. Staple two small ribbons to the top right hand corner of the paper and slip into the pocket.

Inside Right of Paperbag Greeting Card:

  1. Cut a piece of blue paper to fit the right inside and glue down.
  2. Cut a strip of patterned paper just short of the width of the blue paper and glue to the bottom of the page.
  3. Cut a piece of white paper, paste a die-cut 'It's your day' on it and layer on light paper.
  4. Back this with dark paper and then place a decorative brad on the bottom right hand corner of piece and a flower on the top left corner.
  5. Glue this to the centre of the page.

Back of Card

backview paperbag cardBack of Card
  1. Cut a piece of blue paper the size of card and glue down.
  2. Cut a strip of pattern paper and glue on the bottom of the card.
  3. If you have the back of the card facing you, you will have an opening (which is the top of the bag) on your left hand side.
  4. Cut two strips of pattern paper and glue them to the edge of both insides of the bag so that when you open the bag you see some pattern paper and it just looks nicer.
  5. This is then secured with a spiral clip.

Finishing touches for your Paperbag Greeting Card:

  1. Open the card up and wrap a silver cord (nothing too thick or your card will not close properly) around the crease of the card tying a bow at the back of the card.
  2. Take a large piece of ribbon and place it flat against the front of the card and the inside left so that it is flush to the paper and not in the crease. Tie with a bow and voila! You have a paper bag card that you can slip something special into when you want to send it to someone special.



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