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Paper Bag Trees

Summary:

A step by step lesson plan which shows you how to make trees out of paper bags.

Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some Autumn colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. A fun craft to make with your children during the fall season.

What You Need:

  • brown paper lunch bag
  • tissue paper in fall colors (brown, red, orange, yellow)
  • Tip: Use only shades of green tissue to create a summer tree!

  • scissors
  • glue

What You Do:

 

  1. Open the paper bag so that it can stand by itself. Carefully hold the bottom of the bag and twist just above the seam/fold several times.
  2. Use scissors to cut strips from the top of the bag down to the twisted section.
  3. Gather three strips at a time and twist together to form the branches. Continue twisting three strips until you run out of strips to twist. If you end up with an uneven amount, twist four together or two together at the end.
  4. Tear or cut small pieces of colorful tissue paper and glue a few on here and there as leaves for the branches.

 

Written by: Amanda Formaro [Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. www.craftsbyamanda.com]

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Want to make a paper bag that's different from the regular brown paper bag? You can always make your own paper bag with some old magazines, newspaper, or craft paper lying around. You can make one that is a little more sturdy or one that is decorative for a gift, an art piece, or as a fun activity.

Steps

Part 1

Decorating Your Paper Bag

  1. 1

    Choose and gather your materials. Depending on what kind of paper bag you want to make, you want to keep in mind what you want it to look like, how sturdy it is, and whether or not you'd like it to have a handle.
    • You'll need scissors, glue, a ruler, and a pencil to help you assemble the bag
    • Coloured or patterned craft paper is ideal for this project. It's thicker material helps to keep the bag sturdy and allow it to bear more weight inside. Craft paper comes in all designs and colours.
    • Wrapping paper or newspaper is good material to use if you have something more delicate in mind.
    • A thin piece of rope or ribbon works to create a handle.
    • Gather materials like stencils, feathers, glitter, paint, and colouring pens and crayons to decorate your bag.
  2. 2

    Cut a piece of paper to 9.5 x 15 inches (24 x 38 cm). Use a ruler to measure out the dimensions and a light pencil to stencil out the shape. Or you can cut a rectangle of any size.
    • Save yourself some time by using the naturally straight edges of your paper. If your piece of paper is the right size, cut your paper bag from the corner instead of in the middle of your material.
  3. 3

    Decorate your bag. In some cases, decorating your bag before assembling it is much easier. If you're making a pattern, or painting the bag in a different colour, it's easier to decorate with a flat piece of paper to ensure your pattern and colour remain the same throughout.
    • Decorate only one side of the paper. You can decorate both sides if you would like to show off a fun pattern inside the bag or to cover up unsightly materials, especially if you're using newspaper.

Part 2

Assembling Your Paper Bag

  1. 1

    Place the cut out paper in front of you on a flat surface. Make sure to place it in “landscape” orientation or long sides up and down, short sides to the left and right.
    • If you have decorated your paper, make sure the decorations are dry and faced down.
  2. 2

    Fold the bottom edge of the paper up 2 inches (5 cm) and sharply crease the fold. When you’re done, unfold. This end will later become the bottom of the bag.

  3. 3

    Locate the center points of the top and bottom edges. To do this, you can either calculate the center points with a ruler or fold your paper to find its center. There are three points you will have to mark:
    • Maintaining a landscape orientation, bring the short sides together as though you were folding the whole thing in half, and pinch the top and bottom of the would-be fold to mark where the center of each long side is. Lightly mark these spots with a pencil.
    • Mark the paper again a 3.5 inch (9.5 cm) to both the left and right of each center point. When you’re done, you should have six marks total: three in the center of one long edge of your paper and three on the other.
  4. 4

    Fold the sides of the bag into place. Be sure to maintain the landscape orientation as you work to fold the sides as follows:
    • Bring the right edge of the paper to the center pencil line and fold. Once the fold is properly creased, unfold. Repeat the inverse on the opposite side.
    • Flip the paper over, re-fold the left and right sides downward toward the center, and glue them where they overlap. Be sure to fold along the same lines as before (but note that the folds will be inverted). Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  5. 5

    Flip the bag over so that it sits glued-side-down. Make sure to orient it so that one of the open ends points toward you.

  6. 6

    Fold the side-creases inward to create a slight accordion effect. You will be make the sides of the bag so that it opens up as a rectangle.
    • With your ruler, measure inwards about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) from the left-hand side of the bag. Lightly mark this with your pencil.
    • Push the left side-crease of the bag inwards toward the interior of the bag. Do this until the left-hand mark you made in the previous step sits on the outer edge of where the paper is bending.
    • Press-fold the paper downwards so that the pencil mark lines up with the new folded edge. Try to keep the top and bottom edges symmetrical as you press the paper down.
    • Repeat on the right-hand side. When you’re done, the body of the bag should fold inwards on either side just like a grocery-shopping bag.
  7. 7

    Prepare the bottom of the bag. To determine which end is the bottom, look for the crease lines you folded previously that mark the bottom of the bag. Keep the bag flattened for now and prepare the bottom:
    • Fold and glue the bottom of the bag into place. Once you've determined where the bottom of your bag is, piece together the bottom:
    • Fold the bag 4 inches (10 cm) up from the bottom and crease it along this line.
    • Keeping the rest of the bag flattened, prop open up the bottom of the bag. The inward-flaring creases should pop open, forming a square edge. Inside, you should see a triangle of folded paper on either side.
  8. 8

    Piece together the bottom of the bag. You will be folding a few sides to the center, using their triangular shape to ensure the bottom of the bag is evenly put together.
    • Fold the top and bottom sides of the open, square-shaped bottom completely down. Use the outermost edge of each interior triangle as a guide. When you’re done, the bottom area should have 8 sides like an elongated octagon instead of 4 sides like it had before.
    • Fold the bottom strip of the “octagon” upwards towards the center of the bottom of the bag.
    • Fold the top strip of the “octagon” downwards towards the center of the bottom of the bag. The bottom should now be neatly folded shut; glue the edges where they overlap and let dry.
  9. 9

    Pop the bag open. Make sure the bottom is completely closed off and that there are no gaps in the glued edges.

  10. 10

    Add your handles. You can ribbon, rope, or string to make the handles or you can leave your bag as is without handles, but handles are harder and take more time.
    • Hold the two top of your bag closed and use a hole puncher or pencil to make 2 holes at the top of your bag. Don't punch your holes too close to the edge of the bag or the weight of your bag plus anything inside it could break the handle.
    • Reinforce the holes by lining the hole's edges using clear tape or glue.
    • Slide the ends of your handle string through the holes and make a knot on your handle string on the inside of the bag. Make sure the knot is big enough so it doesn't slide through the hole. You may have to tie another knot over the existing knot to increase its size. The knot keeps the handle in place.

Community Q&A

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  • Question

    What type of paper should I use?

    It depends what type of bag you are making. If you are making a plain bag, like a lunch bag, you'd want to use brown craft paper or butcher paper. If you are making a fancy bag, like a gift bag, you'd want to use nicer paper, such as wrapping paper. If you are making a small, fancy bag, you can use colorful scrapbook paper instead.

  • Question

    Can I use a thick type of paper?

    Yes, it will hold up better. When you make the holes, put your nail down the crease to get it deeper.

    Sandra Dalesandro

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  • Question

    Can I use designer paper to make a bag?

    Absolutely. Make your bag as fancy as you want!

  • Question

    How can I make my bag fancier?

    You can decorate it with stickers, gems, markers, and decals. You can also cut the top into a scallop pattern or something similar.

  • Question

    What kind of glue should I use?

    It depends on what paper you use. If it's thick card stock, use craft/wood glue. If it's normal paper, use standard school glue.

  • Question

    What is the best type of string to use for this project?

    You can use any kind of string or rope and then cover it with paint or wrapping paper, or whatever you think will look good.

  • Question

    Where do I get paper bag materials?

    You can get the materials from a craft store. They should have all the things you'll need.

  • Question

    Can I use newspaper to make a paper bag?

    You can, but it is flimsy. A bag made from newspaper may not hold up very well.

  • Question

    Can I use a piece of A-4 paper?

    Yes, but it would be plain and small. It also may not have a neat finish to it.

  • Question

    Can I do this for a sleepover goodie bag?

    Yes, just be careful not to fill it with anything that's too heavy.

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Tips

  • Cover your work area with newspaper. This will make cleaning up easier.
  • Coloured chart paper will also work.
  • You can use this as a gift for a friend. Decorate it with art supplies such as glitter, paint and markers.
  • If you want a shorter bag, fold the top over at the height you want and then cut along the fold with scissors.
  • Use some cloth on your bag for designing.
  • Use glue sparingly.

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PAPER BAG CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Ideas for Arts & Crafts Projects & Activities with brown paper bags for children, teens, and preschoolers

There are paper bags everywhere....kids use them to bring their lunch to school. When your parents buy dinner from a take-out restaurant, the food comes in a paper bag. When you buy food from the grocery store, your food sometimes comes in a brown paper bag. So if you are interested in upcycling & repurposing some of these paper bags, you might be interested in some unique crafts ideas for them. Below you will find some inspiration for paper bag crafts. Have fun crafting!

How to Make Kites with Brown Paper Bags

These are the easiest types of kites to make. This is a great way to get younger kids, such as toddlers, preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and other younger kids to build their own kites. Decorate a grocery store brown paper bag...you can do this with crayons, stickers, paint, markers, etc. Then just fold down the top of the brown bag twice to make an inch wide band along the bottom of the bag. Now you can just attach a string through this bottom band. Now you can just run around outside while holding the string and the wind will catch the bag and it will start flying sky high...Have fun.

Making Bunny Rabbit Bags

To make this bunny bag, you will need a large paper bag, scissors, paste, cotton, stapler, and crayons, markers, or paint. Firstly, cut center section from top part of folded paper bag, about halfway down bag (see sketch above).Draw a circle for eyes (or like I did 3 circles), triangle for nose, a sideways number 3 for mouth, and lines for whiskers to represent rabbit's face. Faces, may be drawn and photocopied or printed for the younger children.You may glue a piece of cotton on the back part of the bag for a tail. Overlap ears at top of bag and staple or glue together. Color pink ovals in the ears. Children may keep craft materials or treats or other items in this bag.

Brown Paper Bags Costume Masks

A really simple way to make a mask ... especially if you are just playing around the house is to use a brown paper grocery bag. Draw the face on the bag, and then cut out the eyes and mouth with a scissor. You can make it fancy, if you want, by using yarn for the hair, mustache, beard, etc. You can paint it or just color it in with markers. Don't wear These Near Streets because Always be safe by roads.

Make a Prince or Princess Crown with a Paper Bag

Take a brown grocery bag that you got from the store. You will want to smooth it out before working on it...and make sure that it is dry. Take a pencil and draw zig zags half way up the grocery bag. Then half way down in between the zig zags and the bottom of the bag....draw a line and then cut it off.

Paper Bag Totem Pole Craft

This is fun to do, easy to put together, and the finished product will add a decorative touch to your room. You will need an old broom or mop handle, five or six medium-sized paper bags, and crayons or paints. First of all, draw and color a mask on each paper bag. These faces should be of the kind found on totem poles carved by the Indians. Make them as weird and as colorful as possible, using decidedly bright colors. Do both sides of the paper bags. When you have done all the faces, cut a hole in the center of the bottom of each bag. Then stuff the bags with crumpled newspaper to fill it out, wrap a rubber band around the top, and when you have done this with each one, you are ready to put the totem pole together. Slide each stuffed bag on the pole you have ready, making sure that your faces are all in the same direction. Put on as many as you need to fill the pole, and your homemade totem pole is complete. This makes a good group project for Cub Scouting, when your monthly theme is Indian study.

Make Sailor Caps from White Paper Bakery Bags

To make this sailor hat, you will need 1 rubberband, 1 white bakery bag that is 6" wide when folded, scissors, and a pen or pencil. Fold open edge of bag back 2 1/2", then fold it again to make a brim 2 1/2" wide (sketch a). Cut off bottom of bag. Gather cut end together and pull down through folded brim (sketch b). Put a rubber band tightly around gathered end about 6" from last fold. Cut off excess paper below rubber band. Push gathered ends back through folded brim to form top of hat (sketch c). Now you can pretend like you are a Navy or Marine sailor.

Make a Mailman's Carrying Pouch to Play With

To play mailman, you will need a mailman's pouch for carrying letters. The pouch can easily be made. (1) First, poke a hole on either side of a grocery bag. Take a rather long piece of string and tie one of the ends in each hole. You can loop this string over your head so that the bag hangs at your side. You are now ready to deliver the mail! (2) Mother or Dad can probably give you some old letters. As a mailman, you will deliver these letters. You can walk about the room or yard. Pretend that a chair is Mrs. Miller's house and that the garage door is Mr. Carter's house. You can leave letters at many houses. Some houses will get only one letter while others will get two or three. (3) Now, you can go back and pick up all the letters. You can play that they are letters that people want picked up by the mailman.

How to Make a Brown Paper Bag Royal Crown

To make this paper bag crown, you will need the following: 1 paper bag large enough to fit around child's head, scissors, paint, markers, or crayons, and optionally other decorative items. To make this, cut off closed end of bag, leaving a 6" band. Fold band in half three times and cut points as illustrated. You can color the crown with crayons, markers, or paint. You could also use stickers, etc.

How to Make Flashlight Faces

Obtain an unused brown paper lunch bag (a used paper bag is likely to be wrinkled and therefore difficult to use). Bulb end of flashlight is inserted two inches in open end of bag. Draw open end of bag together around flashlight and tape with masking tape or tie with string. Bag may be decorated by using tempera paints and/or construction paper. If tempera paints are used the design is drawn and painted directly on at least one of the faces of the bag (if desired, designs can be placed on all four sides of the paper bag). If construction paper is used, the desired portions of the designs are cut out of this paper and pasted to one or more faces of the bag. While the picture on the paper bag is being designed the flashlight can be lighted in a darkened area to obtain the desired effect. Combinations of two or more faces can be used for dramatic skits. These are perfect for Halloween, you can make the flashlight a character that is a smaller version of you.

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Paper Bag Hand Puppets - These paper bags are dressed up real nice to look just like a princess....how will you decorate your paper bag...will it be a cowboy or a bear....make anything that you want to.

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Paper Bag Clown Masks - Learn how to make paper bag clown masks with the following tutorial.

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Paper bags…they’re not just for bagging lunch!

Crafters discovered years ago how a paper bag can come to life and make a little child giggle, laugh and grin!

Paper bag crafts (like these paper bag scarecrows) are a huge hit with the kids!

They’re simple, super-cute and seem to get more fun during the crafting process!

Ready to begin a crafting adventure with your students or child?

Pick two or three and start crafting!

Psst — I highly recommend the paper bag scarecrows — wink, wink!

Paper Bag Crafts Kids Love

 

Which crafts will you try first? Don’t forget the number rule of crafting — HAVE FUN!

Worry about the time and mess later, but during the crafting process learn to let go, have fun and GIGGLE with the kids!

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Looking for a quick (but fun) craft your kids can play with during the big game?! This one is To make you need brown paper bags, a white crayon, stuffing or.

Pirate Paper Bag Puppets – with printable template

Here, you’ll find over 35 fun paper bag crafts for kids to make! Pick up a package of paper bags and keep them stashed in your craft room! Your kids can make so many cool things with them!

Bet you never knew there were so many cool things you could make with a paper bag!  In this collection you’ll find paper bag crafts for all seasons and for all ages.  Yep, there are even some classy ways for you to use a paper bag, Mom!

As you know, we love to craft with recyclables here in my home daycare.  It keeps our crafting costs down, and it’s better for the environment when we craft with items that would be thrown in the trash otherwise.  It also makes it very easy to pull a craft together when you don’t have to run to the craft store to buy your materials.

Today, I’m going to show you a ton of crafts that you can make grocery bags, lunch bags or whatever paper bag you happen to have on hand.

In my stash of craft supplies, I always have a variety of paper bags because they’re so versatile when crafting.  They’re strong and sturdy, you can paint them and colour them, and best of all, you can scrunch and twist them into just about any shape you want.

I’m actually really excited about this round-up! I started off wanting to share our own paper bag crafts with you, and then I got poking around the internet looking for more to add to the collection, and HOLY MOLY!  There are a ton of fabulous paper bag crafts out there!  I think of all the craft round-ups I’ve worked on over the years, this one has been the most fun to pull together!

So without further ado,  I bring you…

35+ Very Cool Things to Make with a Paper Bag!

Please click on the links below the images to get the details instructions for each craft.

We’ve made a number of head pieces over the years out of paper bags.

Our paper bag tiara turned out beautifully.  The preschoolers glued artificial flowers to a rolled up paper bag to make them.  They’re perfect for dress-up play.

Our mermaid crown is another paper bag head piece that the hooligans use for dress-up play.  A paper bag, some paint and a few shells, and raffia are all you’ll need to make one.

And our monster or alien head piece makes a great addition to a Halloween costume.

And speaking of costumes…

Pop over to Red Ted Art to find out how to make this awesome Wild Thing Paper Bag Mask and her Frankenstein mask as well!

And speaking of Halloween, here are some really cute ways to use paper bags for your Halloween festivities!

If you’re holding a Halloween party or just giving out special treats to the kids you know at the door on Halloween night, these Halloween Treat Bags are fun to make and give. – Crafts By Amanda

Make these charming, little Paper Bag Bowls to hold your halloween treats! – The Long Thread

Have your kids use smaller paper bag to make a collection of quirky Halloween Hand Puppets. – Crafts By Amanda

Make a 3-dimensional paper bag pumpkin to sit on your front porch or to use as a decorative fall centerpiece.  – Fun Family Crafts

And speaking of fall…

Use a paper bag to make a vibrant fall wreath to hang on your front door. – CBC Parents

Use a paper bag and a handful of painted puzzle pieces to make a colourful fall tree craft.  It’s always nice to find a use for a puzzle that’s missing some of its pieces! – I Heart Crafty Things

We made this puffy paper bag heart last Valentine’s Day.  Sewing the bag shut helps little hands practice their beginner sewing skills. Great for fine motor development. – Happy Hooligans

Paper bag nests are really quick and easy to make.  You can paint them or leave them as is.  They’re great when you need a nest to go along with a bird craft. – Happy Hooligans

Arrrr, Matey, do you want to make a paper bag pirate puppet?  Well, you’re in luck!  Crafts By Amanda will show you how!

And here’s a paper bag treasure map sensory bin activity!  It’s kind of like an I Spy game!  How fun is this?  Kids LOVE pirates and treasure maps! – Counting Coconuts

Check out this gorgeous paper bag/gift bag over at Claudia Rosa’s!  If you’re into scrap-booking, you’ll have no problem turning a paper bag into a gift bag that’s a gift in itself! – Rosa

Now here’s an idea I’d never thought of before!  Use a paper bag as an art canvas!  Of course!  You could frame it, cover a book in it, or turn it into a piece of custom gift-wrap. – PamGarrison.com

And, speaking of gift wrap… I love how a few scraps of fabric and lace turn a brown bag into a charming and rustic wrap job.  – Tweelingen Design (The site is not in English, but it’s gorgeous so have a look around).

Look at these incredible paper bag sunflowers!  They’d be beautiful as a fall decoration at home or in a girl’s bedroom.  They’d be lovely in a classroom too.  They’re actually quite easy to make!  Jennifer Decorates will show you how.

And here’s a paper bag windsock that even our youngest crafters can get creative with. – From ABC’s to ACT’s

Young children will love this one as well.  A stuffed paper apple that can double as a festive fall display when your child has finished lacing it up. – Buggy and Buddy

Make paper bag fruit for your play kitchen or to display in your own kitchen! – Krokatak

With these lunch bag maracas, little kids can cheer on the team, make noise at a party or play in a musical band with their friends.  – Fun Family Crafts


And, speaking of parties, here are a couple of terrific paper bag party ideas:

Turn a small paper bag into The Hulk and fill him up with treats or party favour for a child’s birthday party. – Crafts by Amanda

If your child wants a piñata but you don’t want the added expense, make your own piñata from a paper bag!  Can you guess what Red Ted Art used for the feathers and fur on the pinatas above?

These twisted paper bag trees are just the best, aren’t they?  We have a:

Snowy Winter Tree from Crayon Box Chronicles

A blustery Fall Tree from Crafts by Amanda, and

a paper bag Easter tree that your kids can decorate with small homemade ornaments.

Did you know you could pop popcorn in a brown paper bag?  I had no clue until recently.  All you need is a bag and your kernels!  How cool is that? – Bless This Mess Please

Wouldn’t this paper bag turkey be a show-stopping centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table?  It would be an attention-getting treat for a class party too!  – Martha Stewart

If your class is learning about Native American art, have a look at the paper bag tepees made by Mr. Giannetto’s Grade 1 class!  – Art with Mr. Giannetto

Make a bound notebook or a journal out of a brown bag!  It takes just 5 minutes to make, and you can personalize it with your own artwork.  – The House that Lars Built

And of course – one of the most classic uses for a brown paper bag… Oh, this one brings back memories! Remember doing this in school?  I couldn’t find a source for this photo, but I fell in love with it, so please do tell me if it’s yours.  I’ll be happy to give you a shoutout here and link to your blog post.  In the meantime, you can find out how to make a simple paper bag book cover here, at Wiki How.

I adore the crisp, clean simplicity of these paper bag vases.  They make beautiful take-home favours for guests at a wedding or a formal reception.  Pop on over to Project Wedding to learn how to make them.

Here’s an awesome unicorn horn made from a paper bag!  Great for pretend play, Halloween costumes and fairy parties. – Red Ted Art

Make a paper bag kite on a breezy day and take it outside to see if you can fly it. The winding handle makes this kite fun, and is great for developing dexterity and co-ordination.

And my last paper bag activity is really creative, and a whole lot of fun!  We turned a brown bag into a magician’s hat, and filled it with all kind of magic-making accessories.  The hooligans often use this homemade magic kit to put magic shows on for each other here in my daycare.  You can read all about what we filled the hat with and how the hooligans play with this this magic kit right here on my blog.


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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.

how to make crafts out of paper bags

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This Paper Bag Apple Craft is a fun and easy craft for young children to make to Be sure to check out more of our apple learning activities for early childhood!.

how to make crafts out of paper bags
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