How to Put Tissue Paper in a Wine Gift Bag in 7 Easy Steps!


Everyone’s favorite hostess gift has to be a bottle of wine. I mean, it’s great for all sorts of occasions. That, of course, leads to the dilemma of wrapping it. If you’ve picked up one of these cute bags at the store, that’s one problem solved. But how to put tissue paper in a wine gift bag is a whole additional issue.

Thankfully for you, I’ve shredded, cursed, and trialed my way into success. I’m going to teach you how to add tissue paper to your wine gift bag in this step by step guide. You’ll be a savvy vino gifter in no time!

1. Gather Your Supplies

The first step of how to put tissue paper in a wine gift bag is to gather your supplies.

You will need:

  • A bottle of wine
  • Wine bottle-sized gift bag
  • Tissue paper
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Gather your supplies

Optional items are:

  • Gift tag (especially useful if you’re gifting to multiple people)
  • Bow or ribbon

Any color of  wine gift bag or tissue paper is fine. Here, I’m using a Cakewalk wine gift bag and paper from an assorted package of American Greetings tissue paper. The bright colors really bring the wow factor!

I also like to get a couple different colors and alternate for the look. It’s a great way to add a seasonal touch or to coordinate with the event or holiday. Here are some of my favorite tissue paper color choices and the associated occasion:

Tissue Paper Color Recommendations Based on Occasion

OccasionTissue Paper Colors
EasterPastels (blue, green, pink, yellow)
HalloweenBlack and Orange
ChristmasRed, Green, Gold
HanukkahBlue, White, Silver
WeddingWhite, Silver
AutumnMaroon, Brown, Tan
SpringGreen, Light Blue, Pink
WinterDark Blue, Light Blue, White
SummerOrange, Yellow, Red
Tissue paper color recommendations based on occasion

How Much Tissue Paper Do I Need for a Wine Gift Bag?

For a standard sized wine gift bag, you need 3-6 sheets of tissue paper. This is dependent on how full you would like the bag to appear.

Especially if you’re using multiple colors, you’ll want to make sure to put enough tissue paper into your wine gift bag to create a “full” look and have an equal balance of your color palette.

2. Unfold Your Tissue Paper

For the second step in putting tissue paper in a wine gift bag, you’ll want to unfold the sheets you plan to use. Gently and slowly open your tissue, and lay it out to help prevent tearing, as it’s fairly delicate.

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Unfold your tissue paper on a large flat surface

I recommend using a large, flat surface, such as a:

  • Table
  • Counter
  • Floor

This will make it less likely that you’ll accidentally rip the paper along the way. I also try to gently smooth out the larger folds. You won’t see them when we pack everything in the bag, but I find it makes the paper easier to work with.

3. Place Your Wine Bottle in the Tissue Paper

Next, you’ll be placing your wine bottle in the center of the tissue paper:

  • Lay two sheets of tissue paper down on a flat surface
  • Rotate one piece 45 degrees on top of the other so the corners are offset
  • Place the wine bottle in the very center of the combined paper layers

If you’re using just one color of tissue paper, use two sheets of the same. For a wine gift bag where you plan to use multiple colors of tissue paper, choose two different colors for this task. This will help create layers of color in your finished gift.

4. Fold the Tissue Paper Up Around the Wine Bottle

With the bottle in the center of the tissue paper, you’ll now begin to bring the sides up around the bottle:

  • Work around the bottle one side at a time
  • Grab the corners of the tissue paper and bring them to the neck of the bottle
  • Hold in place, while using your other hand to smooth the paper
  • Repeat until the paper is completely folded up around the bottle

At this point, if you’d like to secure it with a nice ribbon or bow around the top of the bottle, feel free. Alternatively, add a gift tag with twine, string, or ribbon to better differentiate for recipients. Otherwise, you can leave it as is during the next step.

If you’ll need to step away, I recommend giving the tissue paper a gentle twist (without ripping the paper) to help secure it around the bottle. Otherwise, just proceed to the next step.

5. Place the Wine Bottle in the Gift Bag

Take your tissue paper wrapped wine bottle, and gently slide it into the wine gift bag. Hold the top of the bag open with your free hand, hold the bottle and paper by the neck with your other hand, and insert the bottle into the bag bottom first.

Ensure that the paper near the top of the bottle doesn’t get caught on the corners of the bag as you’re placing it in. If it snags, just free it gently with your free hand.

6. Add More Tissue Paper 

Now that our paper-wrapped wine bottle is in the bag, the next step is to add more tissue paper to the wine gift bag.

Just as in step 2, you’ll want to unfold the sheets you plan to use for this step in advance. I’m using 4 total additional sheets in two colors for a nice, filled look. However, feel free to adjust up or down based on your personal preferences.

Here is how to add your additional tissue paper in a wine gift bag:

  • Grab the flat sheet as near to center as you can
  • Lift it up, letting the rest of the sheet drape like a handkerchief
  • Using your free hand, smooth the paper from top to bottom. Use enough pressure to condense the paper but not enough to tear it
  • Now, invert your cone-shaped piece of tissue paper and stick it pointy-end first into the bag, next to the wine bottle
  • Repeat with the remaining sheets of tissue paper, altering placement in the bag to different sides of the bottle

Once you’ve added your paper in, give all the corners sticking out of the bag a nice “fluffing” and gentle rearranging with your hands. This will eliminate air gaps and create a full, beautiful look.

7. Add Finishing Touches

That’s it – you’ve successfully put tissue paper in a wine gift bag. The last step is just to add finishing touches before handing it over.

Sometimes I add a coordinating bow, or I’ll stick a greeting card in the top of the bag for special occasions and holidays. I recommend this super unique 3D wine greeting card. Not only does it coordinate, but it’s great for nearly any occasion!

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Add finishing touches like a gift tag or bow

That’s a Wrap!

I hope I’ve provided you with a useful guide on how to put tissue paper in a wine gift bag.  While it takes a few minutes and a little effort, you’re rewarded with a stunning gift that anyone would be grateful to receive.

For real, don’t just plunk a wine bottle in a bag and call it a day. I taught you better than that.

If you’re running out of wrapping materials, then check out our guide on how to fill a gift bag without tissue paper! We give you 11 different filler options!

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