|Posh pastels with "leather" handles.|
|"No-frills" brights from notepad paper.|
To create the net effect, you cut a paper lattice - a pattern made of rows of staggered slits, like an openwork pie crust. Choose paper that has some give - thin enough to stretch, but that doesn't tear easily. Use a craft knife held against a metal ruler to cut the slits, and use a protective mat underneath. The pattern outlines can be cut with scissors.
Tip: print the pattern on the wrong side of your paper, then cut out. Set your printer on draft quality to reduce show-through on the other side of the paper.
Here's the bag pattern:
You can cut constrast handles out of heavier cardstock, if desired - I used Bazzill Basics with a nice texture to it. Fix the bag handle onto the bag top with a glue stick or double-sided tape. Fold the bottom tab under and join the two bag pieces together at the base - I used double-sided tape. Fold the side tabs under and glue bag front to back with thinly-applied tacky glue. The handle tabs can be glued in place with double-sided tape. When the glued side tabs have dried, work in your bag a little - gently stretch the lattice, flexing it to create the net effect. Pull it downwards - don't be afraid - the construction is surprisingly robust. Now you are finished - just add the gift tag.
|The paper lattice looks like net.|
|Basketweave-look - but nothing to weave!|
For easy-make versions of these mini-gift bags, omit the slits. You can leave the bags flat, or crease horizontal folds for an accordion effect.