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How to Make a Pretty Paper-Bag Cookie Container

Even though Abby Slutsky owns a bakery, she enjoys finding a balance between nutritional foods and sweets when making family meals.

When you give cookies as a gift, it's important to prevent breakage while also making sure the presentation looks nice.

When you give cookies as a gift, it's important to prevent breakage while also making sure the presentation looks nice.

One of the most important aspects of giving baked goods to someone is making sure they are presented attractively. Packaging goes a long way in making a product look special. When you bring a holiday dessert to someone or give a homemade food gift, the way you package it is important.

An Alternative to Bringing Your Own Plate

If you are visiting family or friends for the holidays, it's always nice to bring a hostess gift. If you like to bake, you probably usually bring cookies on your own plate. Often, the leftovers may be wrapped and sent home with you. However, if you do not want to eat the leftover cookies, consider bringing your cookies in an attractive paper-bag basket. Since you will be bringing the sweets in a disposable container, the host is less likely to send leftovers home with you. If you are trying to maintain your weight during the holidays, a paper bag container is an ideal way to furnish your friend with a sweet treat, and your hostess will love the presentation.

This disposable cookie basket will take about 20 minutes to make, and you can purchase most of the necessary materials at dollar stores or elsewhere. Even though I do not package items that I sell in paper bag baskets, this packaging makes a nice impression when I bring cookies to someone as a personal gift.


  • A standard paper bag
  • Three lunch-sized paper bags
  • Festive tissue paper
  • Tinfoil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Two-sided clear tape
  • Ribbon (I usually use wide organza and some curling ribbon)


  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher


  1. Fold the standard paper bag and cut it straight across so that two or three inches extend from the base. Keep the base and discard the rest of the paper bag.
  2. Stack the three lunch bags on top of each other. Cut the lunch bags on a diagonal line while they are stacked, so all the bags are cut at the same height and are about 4-inches in height at the higher end.
  3. Take a piece or two of pretty tissue paper and line the large paper bag. Let some of the tissue paper drapes over the sides of the bag. If desired, use two-sided tape to adhere the tissue paper to the outside of the large paper bag base.
  4. Position the three lunch bags inside the larger bag. The lower part of the lunch bags should face forward. Punch a hole towards the top left rear corner of each lunch bag. (You will be punching the hole on the higher end of each bag.)
  5. Take three pieces of foil, and crumble each loosely. Put one in each lunch bag. This will ensure that the bags look generously filled with cookies. Put some crumbled plastic wrap on top of the foil. Additionally, the foil and wrap will prevent the cookies from settling on the bottom of the bag or crumbling if the bag is jostled.
  6. Make the labels. You can use paper bag strips or white strips to write or print the names of the types of cookies you made. After you make the labels, punch a hole in each one. If anyone has allergies, put the ingredients on the labels too.
  7. Cut a 5-inch piece of curling ribbon and attach each cookie name to its corresponding lunch bag.
  8. Cut a large piece of cellophane and pleat the wrap to close it. As you pleat the cellophane, hold the pleats with one hand toward the middle of the basket. Secure it with a pretty ribbon when you are holding all the pleats. If desired, add a card thanking your host for their hospitality.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 24, 2020:

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Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 24, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 24, 2020:

Smart idea. It looks prettier than a plastic container as well.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 23, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 23, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2020:

Your ideas of how to present gifts of cookies in paper bags wrapped with clear cellophane is a great idea. Thanks!

Liz Westwood from UK on November 23, 2020:

This is a very helpful and timely article. As I am trying to avoid shops as much as possible, making gifts is a good option. Packing them suitably is ideal too.

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