While you might not give a second thought to paper bags, they're actually quite a thrifty and versatile crafting material. Below, you can check out all the ways that we've rounded up for transforming an ordinary brown paper bag into something much more fun.
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Grocery Bag Paper Crown
Let's have some fun pretending to be a king or queen. Children will love this paper crown made from a Trader Joe's grocery bag. These bags come with clip art already printed on them, so all you have to do is cut the bag into the shape of a crown and add bling to make it sparkle.
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Paper Bag Piñata
Transform a boring brown paper bag into a bold, colorful party piñata. This is so much more fun and less expensive than buying a piñata at the store. You almost don't want to bust it open. This craft is especially easy to make because it does not require papier mache, so there is no mess when you make it.
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Brown Paper Packages Tied up With Strings
Dress up your child's simple paper lunch bag with a paper punch and leftover ribbon. You can quickly transform the plain Jane lunch bag into a fancy-schmancy container for your kid's lunch. Don't forget to throw in a note as well.
How to Make Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings from Craftstylish
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Faux Wood Plank Floors
This craft has got to be one of the most unusual ways to repurpose paper bags. Did you know that you can turn brown paper into faux wood floor planks? Cut brown paper bags into plank shaped strips, add brown paint, and transform it into faux wood with a graining tool. Let it dry and then glue the paper "plank" onto your subfloor. Top it off with polyacrylic meant for floors and you have a floor that looks like weathered barn planking.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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A Collection of School Lunch Bags
Mike Jenkins is an artist who decided to brighten up his daughter's day by drawing a cartoon on her lunch bags to make her smile. These are not your ordinary doodles but bonafide works of art. He certainly should be nominated for the "Dad of the Year Award." Kids at school and their teachers noticed the artistic lunch bags and spread the word. Mike now has a total of 420 decorated lunch bags on display.
Although most parents are not as talented as Mike, you certainly can be inspired by his dedication to making his daughter happy at lunchtime. Why not decorate your child's paper lunch bag with your doodles to show how much you care?
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Leaf Lantern Tutorials
Autumn is a great time to make paper lanterns. Place colored leaves in between sheets of wax paper and incorporate them into your light craft. Make the top and bottom of the light from paper bags to add some rustic charm. The results are quite stunning.
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DIY Paper Bag Bouquets
Transform fresh cut flower bouquets into elegant gift packages with black paper bags. Place your arranged bouquet into a glass jar filled with water, and put it into a folded black paper bag. Print your sentiment onto a label and stick it onto the bag. You now have a beautiful gift that took only a few minutes to make.
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Faux Leather Vase
Turn an ordinary inexpensive glass vase into a faux leather beauty. Brown paper bags are torn into pieces and glued onto the glass jar with mod podge. After the paper dries, it looks very similar to leather.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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DIY Paper Bag Football
Make a paper football for those rainy days when your children cannot go outside to play. Let them toss the paper football inside. You will not have to worry about damage to your furniture or walls with this paper toy—a win for everyone.
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Make a Paper Vase for Indoor Greenery
Dress up your houseplants with ordinary brown paper bags. For natural charm, just place your plants into folded crumpled paper sacks and tie with twine and ribbon. Your plants are ready to be given as gifts or put on display. What a quick and easy way to make your plants go from drab to fabulous.
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Paper Bag Pirate Craft for Kids
Why are pirates called pirates? Cause they arr. Your children will have lots of fun making and playing with these cute paper bag pirate puppets.
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Valentine Kids Coupons for Loved Ones
Are you looking for a gift that is easy, cheap, and adorable? Turn a lunch bag into the cutest coupon book. What a delightful way to show someone just how much you love them.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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End of School Treat for Classmates
Whooo doesn't like a party? Celebrate the end of the school year with this "Wise Old Owl" treat bag.
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Paper Bird's Nest With Blue Eggs
This paper craft is perfect for preschool children. Make a bird's nest from torn paper bag strips and mod podge. This craft is simple, fast, and easy. Everyone is guaranteed success with this project. There is no failure when it comes to constructing a paper bird's nest.
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DIY Origami Paper Pendant Lamp Shade
Make a stunning pendant lampshade from a grocery bag. This lamp is truly a work of art. You will be proud to display this papercraft light in your home. Get ready to stand back and receive compliments from your guests when they admire your crafty skills.
DIY Origami Paper Pendant Lamp Shade From Grocery Bags from A Piece of Rainbow
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Lunch Bag Paper Star Party Decorations
You can find colored lunch bags in any store's party supply section. Learn how to transform these bags into cute paper stars. Make several and hang them as party decor for your next occasion.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Artsy Paper Bag Stars
If you like the look of paper bag stars but want to add your artwork, just use brown paper bags with your creative drawings. These paper party decorations will add a fantastic hand-crafted look to your next gathering.
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Recycle Paper Bags Into a Pretty Fall Wreath
Wrap a foam wreath with crinkled strips of brown paper to get a beautiful organic paper wreath. Add some orange and golden silk flowers to the wreath for a gorgeous autumn-themed home decor craft.
Recycle Paper Bags Into a Pretty Fall Wreath from Popsugar
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How to Make a Paper Bag Book for Kids
It seems that every summer after a couple of weeks of freedom from school, children will complain that they are bored. When this happens, pull out some leftover grocery bags and get crafting. Have your kids make books out of the bags, and then fill the pages with summer memories.
How to Make a Paper Bag Book for Kids from Premeditated Leftovers
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Paper Bag Kites
Transform a plain grocery bag into an impressive kite. Just decorate the bag as you wish, add some streamers and string and get out there and fly your kite. That is homemade fun that can't be beaten.
Paper Bag Kites from Day by Day VAContinue to 21 of 21 below.
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DIY Paper Bag Halloween Costumes
Don't you think these paper bag costumes are just the cutest? Let your child be a dinosaur or unicorn next Halloween. What an economical and unique way to dress your kids up for the holiday.