How To Make A Brown Paper Goodie Bag!

paper bag

I’ve been working on a “top secret” project this week, but I know I can trust you to keep my confidence so I’ll share the secret with you. :-)

It’s a “goodie” bag for my fellow panelists at Alt Summit this week. It’s not quite “ready for prime time” so I’m keeping the details under wraps, but I wanted to share something that I ran across while trying to figure out what to put my “goodies” inside of.

I remember bookmarking this idea from Oh Happy Day quite awhile ago because I thought it was just so dang adorable! I thought it would make the perfect DIY bag for this “top secret” project…but alas, I just couldn’t quite make it work for what I have in mind. But it’s STILL dang adorable so I decided to show you how to make one anyway! Because I have nothing ELSE to do this week!  ;-)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a paper craft so I was pretty excited to try this. I just love that it’s made out of plain brown paper. I don’t know why, but I have definitely got a thing for brown kraft paper. It’s such a blank canvas that can be dressed up or dressed down and has a natural vibe that I love.

brown paper gift bag

Anyway, Oh Happy Day has done the hardest part of this paper craft for us…the template! All you have to do is go to this webpage and look for FREE PRINTABLE TEMPLATE. Click on it, download it and print it out. You’ll only need one copy because you are going to use the same template 4 different times.


(This is what you are looking for.  You’ll need to scroll down the page a bit.)

oh happy day

(Oh Happy Day website)

Once you print it and cut it out…you are ready to go. You will need a roll of brown paper, the thicker the better. Butcher paper would be great…mine is just a roll of mailing paper that I picked up at the grocery store. It’s nice and thick. I also tried this with a roll of brown gift wrapping paper I had…but it didn’t work as well because it was a bit on the thin side.

brown paper gift bag

You’ll need a piece that is at least 18 by 24 inches. I just unrolled the paper and started tracing. As you can see from the picture you are going to start with the template in one corner, flip it horizontally, then vertically, then one more time horizontally. Make sense? Use a pencil so you can erase any unnecessary lines.

brown paper gift bag 9 copy

After you’re done tracing the template 4 times…it’s time to cut the whole thing out. I love that it’s just one big piece! So simple.

brown paper gift bag

The last thing you’ll do before assembling it is take your Xacto knife and cut the slits and cut out the handle opening. You could do it with scissors, but if you have an Xacto knife, it’s much easier and cleaner-looking.

It’s going to want to roll up on itself, but that’s ok. Once it’s assembled it won’t matter.

brown paper gift bag

Now take both of the ends with the slits in them and overlap them, lining up the slits.

brown paper gift bag


brown paper gift bag

Weave the handle through both slits. Now repeat on the other side.

brown paper gift bag

And that’s it! You have just made a darling brown paper bag for filling up with a picnic lunch or whatever your imagination can conjure up! :-)

Thanks Oh Happy Day for making my day oh-so-happy!


If you read One Good Thing By Jillee posts in a feed reader you will notice that we recently have started truncating the posts. Why?
Two reasons:
1). Because there are websites (called “scrapers”) that will steal entire posts (images and all) from the emails that are sent out. I work too hard to just allow scrapers to come in and steal the content. The only way to protect it is to truncate it. You can still access the entire post THROUGH the email simply by clicking on the headline.
2). Up until recently the emails were ad-supported, allowing One Good Thing By Jillee to monetize them to a small degree. But at the end of 2012 Google discontinued that service. So now the only way we make any money is if you come to the actual website. I know some people won’t like it, but we’ve had to weigh the pros and cons on this one and this is the decision my team and I have made. I hope you will understand and stick with us. I promise to make it worth that extra click! :-)

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  1. Beth says

    If anyone can find this template please post where to find it, my eyes are squinting and I am coming up with nothing! Thanks!

    • says

      Beth, I added a graphic to the post above highlighting exactly where on the Oh Happy Day website to download the template. Hope this helps!

    • kel says

      Sad that it’s so hard to make one extra click to read the content. I, too, miss the full feed in my reader, but it’s certainly worth it to make one more click to read all she shares with us! Good grief, people.

      • Lisa C says

        Jodi’s lose is our gain. I follow your blog and Facebook page. Thanks for all the great ideas. I am a reader for life.

      • margaret haviza says

        I TO,,, will be doing that one click more—-i just love this Jillee lady …LOL—-keep up this good work—so i won’t have to? funny funny—I do not know where you come up with most of these…–must havwe a very well organize team!

      • Tasha says

        Seriously- does everyone realize how long Jillee works on all of this!?! It’s just one extra click people- what is the big deal??? Keep up the excellent work Jillee. Your work, pictures and humor are much appreciated!!!!

    • Gina says

      Jodi – are you serious? Did you actually read WHY Jillee had to change the way she sends us “One Good Thing”? If you did and you still decided to leave, we really don’t want you here anyhow! Thanks for the explanation Jillee – I feel that you (and “One Good Thing” are definitely worth One More Click!

    • Linda says

      What is your problem? Don’t you have internet service?! It takes just 1 click to go to her webpage. And, can’t you read? She states at the end of the post as to why she had to do this. I’ve been clicking on the heading in the email anyway as I like to read the comments made in the posts. You learn a lot more getting feedback from everyone. The one big thing I’ve learned by reading the comments is that most people don’t read. The same questions show up over & over. It pays to read people! Also, don’t be so lazy that you can’t click on 1 link!

  2. Sly says

    I’ve noticed that the last several e-mails I have gotten from you only contain the first couple lines. So I have to go to the web site each day to read your Blog.
    Is this a new thing? Or something that is wrong?

  3. Hazel says

    Thanks Jillee, these are super cute, I’ll be shrinking them down and fill them with candy for my little ones birthday party favorites, I’m heading to michael’s to buy cute princess stickers and ribbon to dress them up to match the theme :)

  4. krystina Bibb says

    dont know what is wrong but for some reason this week I am not getting the full email. Did you change something? For instance on todays email it ended on the sentence where you said that you are keeping the details under…. and thats it.

  5. Trish says

    seriously going into my “bag of tricks” LOL! Looking forward to seeing the awesomeness to come :-)

    • Susan says

      That’s exactly what I want to do. I made Jillee’s lotion bars yesterday and need to figure out how to send them to some friends for ‘testing’.