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May 27, 2019

Ideas For How To Upcycle Your Printed Bags

Due to the multiple benefits that printed bags have for businesses and individuals, including increasing brand awareness and being long-lasting, it can be hard to throw them away. Therefore, instead of getting rid of your printed bags, you can upcycle them and extend their useful life to benefit the environment in the process. If you cannot think of any ways to upcycle your printed bags, don’t worry – because we have accumulated a number of ideas below, so you can give your printed bag a new purpose in life and continue brand awareness!

Make It Into Another Bag

You have probably seen shirts and jeans, and sometimes even blazers, made into bags, but have you ever thought about incorporating parts of multiple bags to make one big bag? This can be achieved through taking strips or even the main logo of the original bags and attaching them in a unique, yet stylish way to create an entirely new, visually impactful bag.

This is a great opportunity to get creative and design a bag exactly how you want to. You can also create a bag that has multiple layers and colours, that no one else has or has even thought about making. With multiple videos online explaining how you can create your own bags, there’s no reason why you can’t do it yourself- perfect idea for a rainy day!

If you’re a business, this would make a great piece of content to share on your social media channels to show off your bag designs and promote your brand – or alternatively, it’s a great crafty project to get stuck into if you (like us!) have a habit of holding on to carrier bags that have extra special or stylish designs!

Recycled, Upcycled Bag

Make It Into Something Useful

If ‘shabby chic’ or having personalised objects in your home appeals to you, then you’ll love our next idea. Even if not, we reckon these ideas are so unique and stunning once they are finished, you’ll be sure to want to create them yourself.

Paper Fruit Baskets

If your printed bag is made out of paper, then you can simply create cute fruit baskets, which are ideal for all types of fruit. All you have to do is cut the paper into strips and weave them together. Once you have glued the ends down you can have an authentic basket that your fresh fruit can sit in.

Paper Notepad

Notebook Made From Paper Bags


Additionally, you could make your paper bag into a notepad – how, you may ask? All you have to do is cut your paper bag into the size you want your pages to be (you could even put the brand logo on the front of the notepad) and then iron the new pages. Next you need to clip your pages together and decide where you want to put the holes in your notepad, so you can bind the notepad together. Once you have made the holes, either use recycled string, leather or ribbon to tie the notepad together. By making this notepad you don’t have to ever buy a new one again; alternatively, make simple pop-up books or greeting cards using the same method.

Decorate Your Tote Bag

You may have an old printed tote bag lying around. In which case, you could decorate it and dress it up to give it a fresh look. Whether you choose to print on it or even use fabric pens to create your own design, it’s up to you! One of our favourite ideas is to use iron-on applications to create a totally custom bag.

As you can see there are many ways to upcycle your printed bag. Of course, there are plenty of more creative ideas available online for you to choose from. For more information about printed bags, get in touch with our expert team, today.