How To Close A Gift With Strings

How To Close A Gift With Strings: Step-By-Step

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

Are you looking for an innovative way to close your gift bag? Do the strings not hold it closed well enough?

Check out this tutorial on how to close a gift bag with strings.

With just a few simple steps, you can create a beautiful and elegant closure that will make your gift look even more special.

3 Easy Steps on Closing a Gift Bag with Strings

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1. Take One End of the String and Pull It to the Opposite Hole

There are many ways to close a gift bag with strings, but one of the easiest and most effective methods is to take one end of the string and pull it to the opposite hole. 

This will create a tight seal that will keep the contents of the bag secure. 

Additionally, this method is relatively quick and requires no special tools or materials.

2. Do the Same on the Remaining Three Holes

Always close the remaining three holes when closing a gift bag with strings. Doing this will keep the bag from opening up and spilling the contents. This is especially important if the bag contains fragile items.

By closing all four holes, you can be sure that your gift will stay securely inside the bag. Plus, it will look neater and more professional.

3. Pull in the Middle String to Close the Gift Bag

Pulling in the middle string on a gift bag can help to close it more securely. The string is usually located near the top of the bag, in the center. Pulling on the string will gather the bag’s fabric together, making it easier to close with a drawstring or ties.

This method is especially effective for bags made of thin or slippery fabric. It can also be helpful to pull on the side strings to create a more gathered look.

For extra security, you can tie the side strings together before closing the bag with a drawstring or ribbon.

Things to Consider when Choosing Gift Bags

Check the Size of Your Gift

When choosing gift bags, it is important to make sure that the bag is large enough to fit your gift.

If the bag is too small, the gift will be difficult to wrap and may not look as nice. On the other hand, if the bag is too large, the gift can move around inside and may not be secure.

In addition, you will need to consider the type of gifts you will be giving. If you are giving smaller items, you may want to choose a bag with a handle so it can be easily carried.

For larger items, you may want to choose a bag with a zipper so that the item will stay in place.

Choose the Type of Gift Bag

There are several factors to consider when choosing gift bags. The type of bag you select will depend on the occasion, the type of gift, and your personal style.

For example, a small, delicate gift would be lost in a large tote bag, but a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates would be well-suited for one. Likewise, a formal gift would look out of place in a brightly-colored paper bag but would be appropriate in a classic black or white option.

Pick your Desired Design

If you are giving a birthday present to a child, you might want to choose a bag with a fun design or colorful pattern.

If you are giving a gift to someone for a more formal occasion, such as an anniversary or a wedding, you might want to choose a bag with a more elegant design.

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Can I Tie the Gift Bag With Ribbon Instead?

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Many use ribbon instead of a string when tying up their gift bags. While this may be aesthetically pleasing, it is important to consider the functional differences between the two materials.

A string is much thinner than a ribbon so that it can be pulled through smaller holes and tightened more easily. A ribbon is also more likely to fray at the edges, making it more difficult to tie a neat knot.

In addition, a ribbon is often made from synthetic materials that are not as strong as natural fibers like string. For these reasons, a string is generally the better choice for tying up gift bags.


Can you close a gift bag without tape?

Yes. Most gift bags come with a strip of adhesive tape along the top, which makes it easy to seal the bag shut. However, it is possible to close a gift bag without tape. [1]

One method is to fold the top of the bag down several times and then use a piece of ribbon or string to tie it shut. Another option is to use paper clips or clothespins to keep the top of the bag closed.

Should you wrap a gift bag?

It depends. Many people prefer the convenience of a gift bag over a wrapped present. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to wrap a gift bag is up to the giver. If the contents of the bag are particularly fragile or valuable, wrapping may be the best option.

If time is limited, or if the giver is not confident in their wrapping skills, then a gift bag may be the better choice.


Now that you know how to close a gift bag with strings, it’s time to put your new skill into practice! 

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comment section below. Happy wrapping!


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