reduce, reuse...

posted on: 7.19.2012


It's just one of those lovin' the planet earth, our sweet little home, kinda things.  We try, try, try to reuse things in this house at least once maybe thrice or more, but still we seem to fill the big black trash bin every week and like magic the humongous yellow trash truck comes and wipes it clean and we start another week of filling up the trash can and where oh where does it all go on this little island of ours?  

So here's a sweet, if just a teensy weensy way to get one more fabulous use out of what would otherwise be lost to the, "thanks I'm already full keep your stinkin' seconds"-- I'm pretty sure it groans something along these lines every time it hears another trash truck approach, landfill.

Fashion Magazine Brown Paper Bag gift bag.


1 brown paper bag

1 newspaper or fashion magazine 

hole punch

Fold over the top of the paper bag inwards, two or three times, so that you have a thick band at the top of your bag.  This will reinforce the bag and prevent tears when you use the handles to lift the bag.  Punch four holes, two on each side, for the handles.  Set aside.

For the handles.

Remove two pages from the center of a fashion magazine, the less glossy the pages the more flexible they will be and the easier to work with.  If you use a newspaper you'll get nice long sheets otherwise you may have to work in additional pages to get the desired length.  

Roll the sheets so that you have long layered strips.  Holding two strips together knot one end.  Twist the strips together to make your handle, adding more sheets as needed (you'll want to go a bit longer so that you can tie a knot on the open end).  The twist I used can be found here.  

Thread handle through the punched holes in the paper bag, starting from the inside so that your knots will be hidden on the inside of the bag.  Tie a knot on the open end and trim off any excess.  Fancy.

live sweet,


Hey guys, while we were feeling all good and fabulous, about upcycling and all, Seanzy and I were rockin' steady to this little piece from a Pacific island boy.  You can jam too if ya want to, you know while you're making awesomeness and such. 


  1. so cute!!!!! simple and adds so much to a brown boring bag. will make! :)

  2. Very cool, love your card and yay a nz singer :)

  3. I love it! What a cute gift bag idea!

  4. that's it. it's official. you are a genius.

    but i have to ask after noticing the wee tag...will you be making/selling something? that would be exciting. this local sugar project of yours is fabulous by leaps and bounds.

    cheers and aloha.


  5. Just shared this fabulous post on my Facebook page! Love this idea!


  6. I love the recycled magazine! Awesome!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

  7. This is such a cute idea! Just pinned it!

  8. Such a simple and cool idea! I am seriously going to try this next time I bring a gift to someone! Thanks for linking up, I joined your Aloha hop too ;))

  9. What an awesome project that's also earth-friendly :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to my "NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!"


  10. How simple but how clever! Yes, this could be used everywhere:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays:)
    Hope you have a perfectly lovely day.

  11. Great idea, looks cute! Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week with more.


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