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Despicable Me Gift Wrap Ideas

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They say it's the thought that counts, but I feel like the gift wrap is the thing that makes a gift feel super extra special. I love making really fun custom gift wrap for the holidays so when I saw how much my family loved Despicable Me 3, I knew I had to make some gift wrap inspired by our favorite Despicable Me 3 characters. These Despicable Me 3 gift wrap ideas are affordable and can be used for the Christmas holidays and even birthdays.

The Despicable Me 3 Special Edition is available on Blu-ray & DVD December 5!

My family is absolutely in love with the Minions and Agnes from Despicable Me 3, so I know these DIY Despicable Me 3 gift bags are going to be a big hit under the tree this year.

The #1 animated comedy of the year, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift with an All-New Mini Movie, Minion Moments and more! It's easy to see why my family loves this movie, with characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarming comedy. 

And there's a BONUS: the Target exclusive not only features an all-new mini-movie, but so much more including 20 minutes of additional content, collectible cards featuring your favorite Despicable Me characters and fun Minion temporary tattoos! The Despicable Me 3 Special Edition is available on Blu-ray & DVD December 5. 

I created gift bags inspired by Stu, Gru, and Dru but you can use these same instructions to make gift bags inspired by any of your favorite characters from Despicable Me 3.

I also created some really super cute printable gift tags featuring Stu and some of our other favorite Minions that you can use to create a holiday look on these fun and easy gift bag ideas.

And BONUS, you can get all the supplies to make this project at your local dollar store!

Let's get started!

Smart Ideas For Creating A Holiday Gift Wrap Station

I recently condensed our gift wrap station. We had so many bags with so many different types of occasions on them, that I ended up holding onto them for a couple of years because I just didn't have a use for that specific type of gift bag. If you save gift bags, then you know exactly what I'm talking about! There is a baby shower gift bag for a boy and then there might be a gift bag for a little girl's birthday … but my daughter is 18 and she doesn't want a gift in that little girl gift bag! So many gift bags have something printed on them that makes them difficult to use.

I cleared out our gift wrap box of all of the printed bags and opted to get plain bags instead. The beauty of plain bags is that you can use them for anything! To make the bags extra special, you can use craft supplies to decorate them and customize them for that person, that holiday, or that occasion. And you don't have to worry about not having age appropriate bags because you're going to decorate them custom every single time.

Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that custom means difficult and time-consuming. But customizing gift bags can be really simple and super fun. And that's where these Despicable Me inspired gift bags come in. I'm using super simple supplies to create really fun gift bags that everyone's going to love to open. And the best part is they cost less than $1 each to make!

DIY Despicable Me 3 Gift Bags

For these gift bags you'll need plain gift bags in yellow, black, and white, felt fabric in black, white, and gray, scissors, and craft glue. Target has gift bags in plain colors so you can stock up on these at the same time you pick up Despicable Me 3 Special Edition on Blu-ray & DVD December 5.

You can use hot glue for this project or you can use tacky glue, but I actually used a glue made for felt. Since the felt is made from recycled plastic bottles it tends to melt when you use a high temperature hot glue gun. Tacky glue is great but it's not tacky enough to hold the felt down without drying. The glue that I have for felt is awesome because it's super tacky so it really holds the felt down. Let's say that you're putting these gift bags together super last minute, you can glue and go and you don't have to wait for the glue to dry. Now if all you have is hot glue or white glue then that's fine; use those and then allow them to dry well before you fill the bag with the gift.

Gift Bags Supplies:

  • 1 white gift bags
  • 1 yellow gift bag
  • 1 black gift bag
  • 1 – 9″ x 12″ piece of felt, black
  • 1 – 9″ x 12″ piece of felt, grey
  • 1 – 9″ x 12″ piece of felt, white
  • Felt glue (hot glue or tacky glue will also work)
  • Scissors
  • Red Tissue Paper

Gift Tags Supplies:

  • Color Printer
  • 1 – 8.5 x 11″ sheet of cardstock, white
  • Circle Punch (about 3″ or use scissors)
  • Standard Hole Punch
  • Gold Twine

Before we get started, grab the printable gift tags here: Despicable Me 3 Holiday Gift Tags

These bags come together really easily … cut the shapes from felt and glue them to the bags! Okay, there's more to it than that *wink wink* so watch this video tutorial to see how to make these Despicable Me 3 gift wrap ideas:

Print the gift tags on cardstock or photo paper so that they stand up to handling during the holidays. If you don't have a big paper punch like I used to punch them out, carefully trim them from the paper with scissors. You can even use decorative edge scissors to make the gift tags look more unique.

Since these bags are so easy to make, get the kids in on the action. We'll be making more of these Despicable Me 3 gift bags while watching Despicable Me 3 Special Edition on Blu-ray & DVD December 5. I know my daughter Katie wants to try to make a gift bag inspired by Anges' unicorn stuffed animal … ay yi yi!

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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