Once upon a Purim a few years back I decided to make some designer purses from plastic plates! They're perfect for little girls to give to their friends on Purim, and they'd be great for birthday party favor bags!
Of course you could make the same thing from large plates, and your creations would then be large enough to hold a respectable gift. A miniature bottle of wine or grape juice together with some other packaged foods that are flat (how about a nice sandwich?) would make a nice presentation. And the truth is, with my experience most people would much rather receive something fun like this, than a huge basket!
Hopefully you can basically figure out the construction of the "bags" from the photos, and come up with some of your own designs as well. Pretend you're a handbag designer and have some fun!
I used hot glue to glue together the plates and planned ahead with straps and fringe, placing them between the plates before gluing. A regular hole punch works for the holes, and some Tulip fabric paint (in an applicator bottle) was used for the gold dots. All of these versions actually close with a ribbon tie, which of course is optional. Other than that, I think you'll get the hang of it in no time. And why not make some designer labels to go with your creations while you're at it!
I'd love to see what you come up with, so do take photos to share with us here on the blog! Happy creating!