Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers


More and more places around the world are banning single-use plastic bags. I used to keep them and use them as bags to fill the little bins. Now they are more and more difficult to obtain. A good thing because they are not good for the environment.

So, as we all move away from them to save the planet, what can we use to replace them? Newspapers! You can easily make your own paper bags from old newspapers. The bags are fantastic because they are free and you are using something that would have been wasted. Isn’t it so nice when you can use what you already have to do what you need?

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Priya Prakash Thane, a blogger who enjoys making her own paper bags, noted:

I try to follow a zero waste lifestyle. Recycling old newspapers into bags is one of my favorite hobbies. I use several layers of paper and a cardboard base to make small bags. I use them for gifts at festivals. My daughter also recycles health drink sachets by sticking colored paper on them and decorating them with glitter. These are used to gift wrappers on birthdays.

There are many ways to make environmentally friendly recycled paper bags. Some are decorative for gifts, while others are simple garbage bags Where carrying bags which doesn’t have to be beautiful, just functional. For the gift bag, you’ll want to use beautiful paper, such as wrapping paper. For the functional bag, you can recycle newspapers – use your own or grab a few from a neighborhood recycling bin if you don’t mind ‘diving in the trash’.

Using an open sheet of newspaper (approximately 21 ″ x 21.5 ″) becomes a bag approximately 7.5 ″ x 9.5 ″ when folded. So if you want a bigger bag, you will need to glue a few sheets together. This method is ideal because all you need is the newspaper (unless you want a big bag, you will also need duct tape).

There are other versions of making paper bags that involve glue and other materials, but the less you need the better because it is cheaper and faster. However, if you plan on carrying heavier items, you will probably want to tape the lower cuff together for added security.

Step by step

Step 1: Lay a sheet of newspaper on the table (or floor) flat and open.

Step 2: Fold the top about 3 “

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 3: Flip the sheet over.

Step 4: Fold the left side into about a third.

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 5: Fold the right side in about a third.

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 6: Reposition the last fold to tuck under the 3 inch cuff folded at the top.

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 7: Flip the sheet over again.

Step 8: Fold the sheet in half upwards.

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 9: Reposition the last fold to tuck under the 3-inch cuff folded at the top.

Easy to make paper bags with old newspapers
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Step 10: (Optional) Glue the edge of the 3 inch cuff for added security.


Ethel J. Montes

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