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51 Creative Paper Bag Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Paper kites

Paper kites

DIY Paper Bag Craft Ideas

Brown paper bags are one of the least expensive craft supplies. Many of us have all the brown paper bags and brown grocery bags that we need for crafts, and it's possible to purchase paper bags in a variety of colors and sizes. What a great way to recycle paper bags! It's an activity that kids of all ages can enjoy.

In this article, I'm going to share links to some very nice paper bag crafts that I have found on Google. For the instructions on how to make the paper kites shown above, go to LIFESTYLE HOW STUFF WORKS.

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1. Woven Brown Bag Basket

I think woven baskets like this could be made and used for every occasion and holiday by just changing the color or decorating in some way. See how easy the woven basket is to make by following the instructions at Simple Joys.

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2. Halloween House and Pumpkin

All three of these items have instructions for making them at The Paper Pony. So easy to make and so super cute as a Halloween decorations.

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3. Ghost and Pumpkin Bowls

Use paper bag paper to make beautiful Halloween bowls. The easy to understand tutorial can be found at the long thread.

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4. Paper Bag Manger

Help the little ones prepare for the Christmas holiday by making a manger for the Baby Jesus. Little kids love to see things that they have made themselves. It's also a great opportunity to remind the kids, and ourselves also, the reason for celebrating Christmas. Find the instructions for this project at I can TEACH my child.

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5. Gift Wrap Bow Flowers

I think these flowers would be so much fun decorating with, inside or outside. Make a bunch of these and invite your friends to a party. Find the instructions for making these flowers at A PIECE OF RAINBOW.

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6. Brown Bag Wreath With Butterflies

A beautiful wreath made from brown paper bag and embellished with butterflies. For the directions go to dollar store crafts.

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7. Brown Bag and Foil Leaf Wreath

I think this is an exceptional looking wreath, and it doesn't appear to be at all hard to make. The directions for this wreath are at favecrafts.

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8. Recipe Cards

This would be such a nice addition to present with a food gift. These are really cool recipe cards. Go to Crafting a Green World for the directions.

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9. Gratitude Garland

This gratitude garland would be a beautiful and suitable decoration for a number of occasions. I'm thinking about Thanksgiving, Christmas, out patriotic holidays, and even Mother's and Father's days. Find the instructions for making this brown bag paper garland at the thinking closet.

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10. Stitched Brown Paper

This paper would be great to use in scrapbooking or to wrap a gift. Find the directions at Trish Alan Designs.

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11. Sunflowers

Aren't these beautiful sunflowers? Imagine using these sunflowers when decorating for a summer or fall party. The tutorial for making the sunflowers is found at Hometalk.

12. Make a Pinata With Brown Paper Bag

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13. "Stitches, the Bunny" Basket

Help the kids make their Easter basket this year. Make it easily and inexpensively by using brown lunch bags as the basket. Get the directions for this cute basket at, Kids & Glitter.

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14. Animal Gift Bags

These gift bags are soooo cute. You'll want to try your hand at doing these. Find the instructions at celebrate CREATIVITY.

15. Burnt Bag Butterfly Box

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16. Jellyfish

Use paint, crayons or markers for colorful jellyfish. See the instructions at NO time for FLASHCARDS . Preschoolers and toddlers can do this project, as well as older kids.

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17. Holiday Lights Gift Wrap

This is a very nice but elegant look. Be the first in your crowd to make your own wrapping paper. For the instructions for this project, go to burlap & blue.

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18. Arsty Gift Bags

Making your own gift bags can be a lot of fun, and think of how much money you'll save. Your friends will especially enjoy receiving gifts given this special touch. Find out how very easy you can make arsty gift bags like those shown above by going to Easy Paper Crafts for the tutorial.

19. Brown Bag Popcorn

Use the recipe shown below to make popcorn in a brown bag.

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20. Woodland Animals

These are really some cute little woodland animals. The kids will love making this craft. Go to LINES across for the instructions.

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21. Vintage Gift Tags

I love the looks of these vintage gift tags and the images are included with the directions at Sugar Bee crafts.

22. Brown Bag Scrapbook

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23. Brown Bag Football

This brown bag football looks like the perfect solution to rainy day boredom.

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24. Lanterns

Such a nice idea for decorating for the 4th of July or for any occasion. Think decorated white bags for a baby or bridal shower. The instructions are found at Hoosier Homemade.

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25. Brown Bag Mushroom

Make a bunch of mushrooms and plant them in your yard. Go to doug rhodehamel to see how to make them.

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26. Scarecrow

A very cute Thanksgiving craft that the little kids will love to make. Go to All Kids NETWORK for the directions.

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27. Cinco De Mayo Paper Bag Maracas

The kids will be able to make music together after they've all made maracas. This musical instrument made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo had easy to follow instructions at easy crafts.

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28. Phoenix

By going to the DLTK’S Crafts site, you'll find the directions for making this paper bag Phoenix project. If you are unable to find red paper bags, remember that it is a simple project to paint them.

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29. Paper Bag Owl

Just a little different than the other owls on this page, and definitely a cute difference. Find the instructions at Little Running Teacher.

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30. Candy Filled Paper Hearts

There will be so many opportunities to make candy filled paper heart favors. Find the tutorial for making these at I Can Teach My Child.

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31. Nun Puppets

I love the different expressions on these little nun puppets. Little girls especially will find making these nun puppets a lot of fun. Catholic Icing is the site that has the instructions for making this project.

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