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Make Mystery Bags

Ohhh...what's inside? I make mystery bags for raffle prizes but  I have also used them as little favours bag and I know that they go great in loot bags or prize packets!

Kids aside these would be great to hold a small surprise gift for your sweetie.   They are just the right size for a small trinket or perhaps some keys to a new car? (Good things do come in small packages!)

These small bags are made from a single sheet of paper that has the question mark printed on it. 

The bags themselves are easy to form on either a small sturdy box or a piece of lumber.  I have a PDF and tutorial to show how easy it is.

I tend to make these assembly line fashion as I generally am making a dozen or more at a time. 

How to Make Mystery Bags - Tutorial

Print off as many copies of the Mystery bag.pdf as you will be making bags.

Before you start to form the bag make sure that the ink is completely dry so you don't smudge it. The size of the box that I form them on is 3 inches wide, 2 1/8 inches deep and 5 1/4 inches high (the height doesn't matter as much as the sides).

Mystery Bag Pdf

On a clean surface place the printed side up center the question mark over your box or block of wood.

Crease the paper to over the edges and remove it from the box. Fold the paper to make strong creases.

Flip it over and do the same on the back.

Glue the back seam.

Making sure that you are folding the bottom of the bag, make folds on the base as you would to wrap a gift, gluing at every fold.

Gently pull out the box (if the box is shorter than the formed bag then open the lid of the box before you start to form the bag so you will be able to put your hand inside the box to pull it out)  Press the front of the bag in line with the back of the bag to get side creases.

Here is the mystery bag with a name made up on Word and stapled to the top. This could be fun to use as a place setting especially if you are doing a Murder Mystery Party. Inside could be the first clues to the mystery!

I have used these as place card at Halloween dinners for the family. Especially when my children became too old to go trick or treating it was a fun way to give them a few Halloween candies. 

As I mentioned at the top the majority of these bags I have made for raffle tables (and I have made hundreds, if not thousands!) On our raffle table we would have a mix of large and small prizes and then these which we considered the tiny prizes (so at least they win something).  


I would fill them with small toys, like wind up toysmaybe candy, a joke or a tiny puzzle.

These little bags are very fun and fast to make and wonderful to receive!

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