Camo Gift Bags

By Noreen Doll.

Make some easy camo gift bags with brown grocery bags or even lunch bags.

You could actually make several camouflage bags while you are doing them, and have them ready when you want one to wrap a gift.

What You Need

Brown Bag, either grocery or lunch size

Black and Green Paint

Plastic Lids to hold the paint

What You Do

1. Prepare the paint. I didn’t have olive green paint, so I mixed black and bright green paints to get  the color I wanted.

2. Put some of each color in separate lids. (I used recycled lids from cottage cheese, etc.)

3. Crumple a small piece of paper and flatten the bottom.

4. Dip the flat side of the crumpled paper in one of the colors and pat it randomly all over the front of the bag. Leave quite a bit of the brown showing.

5. After you have one color on, repeat with the other color, overlapping in places and smearing a bit.

6. Let the front dry and then repeat on the back side of the bag.

7. After the back has dried, open out the bag and do some on each side – so that the whole camouflage bag is painted.

8. After the camo gift bag is dry, turn down about 2 inches of the top toward the back of the bag.

9. Punch 2 holes, one on each side of the center.

10. Put a piece of twine, string, or ribbon through the holes so the ends are in front. Tie a bow. Or just knot it if you want a more rustic look.

The bow is nearly invisible, which makes it perfect for a camouflage bag.

And your finished camo gift bag is ready for a present.

What’s inside the bag? Duct tape, of course!


If you use a large grocery bag, cover the store name with paint splotches.

Use pinks, purples, or blues for a more feminine version of the camo gift bag.

Noreen Doll

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  1. What a cute idea! Love it, especially for a boy!

  2. What a great idea!! I’m going to wrap my nephew’s gift like this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  3. What a neat idea! So simple, but really effective!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. love this idea! i pinned it to my birthday board. it would be perfect for an army themed party! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  5. Too cute!! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  6. WOW! Too cute. I hope you link up to Wild West Thursday. Hope to see you there.

  7. Because we have to remember our guys too. 😀 Thanks for sharing your cleverness on BeColorful this week.

  8. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Good concept!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  9. I love this. Easy, fast, inexpensive to make!

  10. Hi there! I am having a Sunday Blog Hop and would love for you to link up your cute blog.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  11. I have a son who just turned 13 and he loves camo anything and everything! I will have to do this for him on a future gift wrapping. :)

  12. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  13. Thank you so much for linking with Adorned From Above.
    Have a great week.

  14. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Great Idea!

  15. Love it!
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.

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  17. Very nice idea to decorate simply a bag, love the colors.

  18. Such a simple idea, yet SO effective!!!

  19. Oh Noreen what a great idea! usually gift bags are all girlly and frilly and so nothing for the boys. This is a great, easy and fast way to ‘wrap’ a gift for a guy and really, girl too! Thanks for sharing at the creative challenge!

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