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Cute Panda Gift Bags made with Cricut

What is it about pandas that just makes them so cute? Is it the fluffy fur? The constant nibbling on bamboo? Or the fact that they look a little like babies in diapers? Whatever it is, I’m sure you can find a reason to make these panda gift bags. I made them to fill with fortune cookies for Chinese New Year. (some links affiliate)

Here’s how to make these panda gift bags. First, open this Cricut Design Space Project

Cut bag shape from red cardstock, and use the scoring wheel if you have it. (Use single scoring wheel for regular cardstock.) If not you can edit the tools to use the scoring stylus. Click on “Edit tools.” Then this box pops up and you can select the stylus instead of the wheel. 

How to use Cricut scoring stylus instead of wheel

*Read everything you need to know about the scoring wheel.

Cut panda bodies from black cardstock and other shapes from white. Use the small white eyes that get cut, or substitute small sticky gems like I did. 

Panda Gift Box Cricut

Glue the panda pieces onto the bags before folding. Then fold on the score lines. There are lines for the sides, the bottom, and the tabs used to glue the back and bottom to make the bag.

Folding Cricut score lines

Assemble panda gift bags with hot glue. I love using hot glue for paper and cardstock projects because you get a strong hold quickly. Tape runners and glue just don’t hold up well for me. Just be careful with your fingers!

At the size I designed it, each bag holds 3 fortune cookies. This size works great as a small favor sitting right on the plates before dinner. And I don’t know about you, but my kids love it if there’s a treat waiting at their place before dinner even starts! If you want it to hold more, make the project bigger in Design Space. 

Chinese new year panda table


What would you use these panda gift bags for? 

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