When it comes to gift-giving, presentation is often just as important as the item itself. A gift bag is a great way to make your gift look even more special. But how do you close a gift bag without tape?
You’ll be pleased to learn that there are several creative and easy ways to ensure your gift bag stays closed until it reaches its intended recipient. From decorative ribbons and bows to clever origami folds, there are plenty of options.
This article will look at some of the most popular ways to close a gift bag without tape. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each method and offer step-by-step instructions for achieving each look.
1. Simple Fold
The simple fold method is the most straightforward way to close a gift bag without tape. All you need is your gift bag and an adhesive strip.
To start, fold the top of the bag to cover the contents inside. Take each side of the folded flap and press them together in the middle of the flap. Secure them in place by folding one over the other until you create an “X” shape. Finally, use the adhesive strip to hold the “X” together. This method works best with paper bags and will keep your package safe and secure for transport or delivery.
- No extra materials needed
- Looks neat when done correctly
- It can be challenging to get the folds just right so that the bag will stay closed
- Not suitable for larger bags where more support is needed
2. Ribbon Tie
Ribbon ties are one of the most simple and aesthetically pleasing ways to close a gift bag without tape. All you need for this is a thin ribbon or twine and a pair of scissors.
To start, cut a ribbon length twice as long as you want it to be when tied around the bag. For example, if you want an 8-inch ribbon tied around the bag, you need cut off 16 inches.
Next, ensure that both ends are even by folding each in half and cutting off any excess material. Slip both ends through one side loop handle at the top of the gift bag, so they stick out on either side (like two pigtails). After that, take one end in each hand and cross them over such that they make an “X” shape in the middle. Then twist them three times and pull tight.
Finally, tuck both ends into the opposite side loop handle at the top of the bag and tie another knot to keep everything secure. You should now have an elegant bow-tied closure.
- Simple and stylish
- It doesn’t take much time or effort
- Easy to customize with different colors/lengths of ribbon
- It can also be used to decorate other types of bags, like shopping bags or purses
- Not very secure
- It may come undone if handled too roughly
- Not suitable for packages heavier than 1-2 pounds
3. Package Seal Stickers
Package seal stickers are small labels with adhesive backing that can seal just about any type of packaging material, including paper, cardboard, and plastic bags. All you need for this method is some package seal stickers in the design or color that suits your needs (you can usually find these pre-printed from most craft stores), plus scissors or a paper cutter for trimming.
To start, peel off a few stickers from their backing sheet and carefully place them across the opening at the top of your gift bag (it helps if you mark where they should go beforehand). Make sure all edges are firmly pressed down so there are no air gaps. Your package should now be securely sealed without having used any tape.
- Available in many different shapes/designs/colors
- Very secure
- Leave no residue after removal
- Not suitable for larger packages
- It cannot easily be removed once placed
4. The Rubber Band Method
The rubber band method is one of the easiest ways to close a gift bag without tape. It requires just two materials: the gift bag and two equal-sized rubber bands.
The process is fairly simple. First, remove all excess air from inside the gift bag and then fold down its top portion until you reach your desired size. Then firmly wrap two equal-sized rubber bands around each end of the folded edge to close it tightly. The bands should fit snugly but not too tight to avoid damaging the gift.
- Quickly opened multiple times without ruining its appearance
- More aesthetically pleasing than using tape
- Additional supplies or materials not required
- Rubber bands may damage the gift bag or the gift itself if put on too tightly
- Any decorations or accessories on the bag may get squashed
5. Pins or Staples
Pins or staples are a popular way to close a gift bag without tape. Pins can be found in most households or craft stores, but you can also purchase them in bulk online.
To use pins, simply poke them through the top of the bag and twist them a few times. This method gives you great control over how tight the fastener is secured and allows easy reuse of the bag for future gifts.
- Creates an aesthetically pleasing look for presentation purposes
- Can be opened and resealed multiple times if needed
- Will not leave marks on the gift bag
- Easy to do with minimal supplies
- It may require additional materials such as fabric or ribbon to secure the sharp points and avoid injury
- Staples may create tears in the material if too much pressure is applied while securing them
6. Sturdy String
A sturdy string can do the trick if your gift bag is made of paper or polythene.
Start by gathering the top of the bag in one hand. Then, take a length of strong, thick string and wrap it around the top of the bag multiple times. Make sure you pull the string tightly so it won’t slip off easily.
Once you’ve wrapped the string around the bag several times, tie it securely with a knot at the end.
- Easy and quick
- No additional materials required
- The knot may loosen
7. Tree Origami Method
The Tree Origami method is a fairly simple yet creative way to show your loved ones that you put extra thought into their gifts. All you have to do is find some festive wrapping paper and fold it into the familiar shape of a Christmas tree. However, you can also unleash your creativity and create any other shape of your choice. Not only does this allow you to make sure your gift looks great, but it also saves time and gives it a unique touch.
For illustration, let’s assume you want to decorate your gift bag with a Christmas tree. You’ll need a gift bag, green ribbon or twine, a pair of scissors, and a piece of cardstock or thin cardboard.
After filling the bag with the gift of your choice, cut a thin strip of cardstock or thin cardboard to a length that fits the circumference of the bag’s opening. This will serve as a backdrop for the tree shape you are about to create at the top of the gift bag.
Next, cut out a tree shape from the ribbon or twine. You can customize it by adding decorations like stars, snowflakes, bells, or other holiday-themed designs to add more holiday cheer. After that, place the cutout tree onto the cardboard strip and secure it with a few dots of glue. Remember to wait until it’s completely dry before proceeding.
Finally, glue the cardboard strip on top of the gift bag’s opening so it looks like a garland with an origami-shaped tree at its center point. Secure it in place with an adhesive strip if necessary so that it holds when closing up the gift bag.
There is an abundance of YouTube tutorials that can help guide you through the process. With just a little bit of effort, you can ensure your recipient will appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into their present.
- Looks festive and provides an eye-catching contrast to even plain-colored bags
- Requires minimal materials
- It only takes a few simple steps
- Depending on the intricacy of the origami design, it might require some patience and skill
- Some ribbon materials may fray when shifted around during the folding process
Talk to a Gifting Expert
Trying to find the perfect gift for a special someone can be challenging, but even more so when you don’t know how to wrap it up without using tape.
Gifting experts are a great resource for finding creative ways to package items. They have experience in creating unique and clever packages that best suit the purpose of the gift and reflect your thoughtful intentions.
Additionally, their knack for knowing how much ribbon or raffia will be needed and where best to place it serves as a precious time saver. An expert can help you create surprisingly beautiful packages that will make your presents look like they came out of the store.
Talk to a gifting expert today.