Genius Primark gift wrapping hack to save money by reusing festive bags


TikTok users have shared their experience trying out Primark’s reusable gift-wrapping paper hack. The high street store is helping to reduce waste with its paper bags which double up as wrapping paper for your gifts.

Deborah Hannigan is a make-up artist and TikTok user from Ireland, who shares fashion and beauty videos on her page @deborah_hannigan. In a video, she explained how she was able to “reduce, reuse and recycle” thanks to the paper bag hack.

In a video, she said: “This is a little gift I got someone for Christmas. It was only £6 from Pennies or Primark if you are in the UK. And today I am just going to wrap this using the Primark bag.”

She showed how she chopped the top and bottom of the bag off so that she was left with the striped mid-section of paper. Deborah then neatly folded it over the slippers and secured it with tape.

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She also discovered that there are markings in the shape of gift tags for customers to cut out, meaning you don’t even need to buy tags.

Similarly, Erin who posts videos to her TikTok page @mumlifewitherin, was also pleasantly surprised by the hack. She shared a video of herself wrapping gifts with a paper bag, saying: “This was such a good idea.”

Erin also added a touch of shimmer to her parcels by adding some red curling ribbon and a bow. Her video has amassed over 4,000 “likes”, with viewers sharing their take on the hack.

A TikTok user named Sian wrote: “This is genius, but mine have never survived the journey home.” Another user named Char said: “I actually love wrapping with Primark bags, much better quality than most of the paper I have bought.” TikTok user @tribemama added: “I did this too, looked better than I expected them to.”

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Primark has created a helpful guide on their YouTube page describing three different ways you can use your paper bag to wrap gifts.

Primark’s guide to wrapping a present with their festive paper bag

Step one: Cut the top and bottom of the bag off along the dotted lines so you are left with the striped paper. Then, cut your bag to the size of your gift.

Step two:  Place your gift in the centre of the paper and begin wrapping. Tape the paper where it overlaps keeping the paper snug around the gift.

Step three: Decorate your gift. Attach a decoration piece, such as a bow, and secure it with tape. You can also add a gift tag at this point.

Primark’s guide to making a festive cracker gift

Step one: Draw a 30 x 20 cm rectangle on the wrapping paper.

Step two: Cut out the rectangle shape.

Step three: Using cut-up toilet or kitchen roll cardboard tubes, position them on the paper to make a long cylinder. Place the tubes along the long side of the rectangle.

Step four: Roll the paper around the tubes and secure it with tape where the paper meets. Leave a small gap between the centre and outer tubes.

Step five: Tie some curling or gifting ribbon in the small gaps between the tubes. Before securing one of the sides, tuck a small gift inside the middle cardboard tube. Once both ends are secured, remove the cardboard tubes on either side to create a cracker shape.

Primark’s guide to making a paper stocking gift card holder 

Step one: Draw a Christmas stocking outline on the paper.

Step two: Cut out the stocking shape. Create a second stocking shape and lay the two flat on top of one another

Step three: Using a hole punch, punch the stocking keeping a measured gap between the holes.

Step four: Loop the ribbon through the holes around the stocking and tie a knot at both ends to secure it.

Step five: Finally, it’s time to decorate. If you have any bows laying around, stick one of these on top for an extra touch. This little paper stocking is great for storing a gift card or other small item.



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