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20+ Brown Paper Bag Crafts

These brown paper bag crafts are a simple way to turn this household item into a fun experience.

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor,
20 Brown Paper Bag Crafts

The possibilities are endless with these 20+ Brown Paper Bag Crafts!

Whether you want a simple paper bag puppet or a beautiful piece of decor for your home, you can probably make it with a brown paper bag.

Remember those small, brown bags you used to take your lunch to school in? Have any leftover paper grocery bags from your last trip to the grocery store? Don't let them go to waste. And paper grocery bag crafts are just one fraction of the possibilities of things you can make with paper bags!

For craft experts and novices alike, paper bag crafts are a blast. They're great for when you're crafting on a budget or you get a sudden urge to be creative and craft the day away. You probably have some, lying around in your pantry right now, just waiting to be transformed into a unique creation.

Watch and Learn: These crafts make great gifts. Watch the video below to learn how to make this DIY Father's Day Goodie Bag from our friends at AllFreeKidsCrafts!

Reasons You Should Craft with Paper Bags

  1. It's budget-friendly! Paper bags are pretty inexpensive, so when you make these crafts, your biggest expenses will be the other matrials for the craft. This also makes these crafts great for large group projects!
  2. They're great for use in kids crafts. Whether your kids want to make a customized lunch bag or paper bag puppets, these handy bags are perfect.
  3. Paper bags are so versatile. You can do just about anything with them! And their uses go way beyond kids crafts. You can even tile your floor with them.
  4. They're sturdy. Even though they're just made from paper, they still hold up nicely when you turn them into a fun craft project. After a few uses, your paper bag puppets might look a little rough around the edges, sure, but the brown paper bag mat, featured below is a great way to use your paper bags in a way that will last.
  5. They are a kind of blank canvas for creativity! You can cover them in paint, add construction paper, deck them out in fabric, or glue on googly eyes. No matter what you do, you know you'll have a craft masterpiece.

How to Make Decorations with Paper Bags

Paper Bag Vases

Paper bag crafts are so much more than kids crafts. They're also a great way to decorate your house! Whether you're using them to make placemats, wall hangings, or gift wrapping, these brown paper bags can be both fun and elegant. A handful of really ambitious crafters have started using paper bags to tile their floors and even redo their countertops.

How to Make Burnt Brown Bag Crafts

Burnt Brown Bag Box

Yes, you read that right. Burnt.

They're super simple to make, but be careful -- these use real fire. So if you're planning to use these crafts in your classroom or with your kids, it's probably best to hold off on burnt paper bag crafts. The benefit to using this technique is in the unique texture and appearance of the paper. The rustic aesthetic makes it perfect for home decor.

And yes, it's possible to burn paper bags without having them burst into flames. It's all in the technique (and the tacky glue)!

Try out one of the projects below to learn how to make your very own burnt masterpieces. But warning: there will be a small amount of smoke from using this product. Be sure to crack a window and keep a small glass of water around for if things get out of hand.

Paper Bag Crafts for School

Popping Fun DIY Labels

For teachers and homeschoolers alike, planning and arts and crafts curriculum can be a challenge. Often teachers are working on a tight budget, and craft supplies don't come cheap, especially when you have to provide enough materials for a classroom full of eager students.

Below are some of our favorite classroom crafts with paper bags to help you cut back on money without cutting back on fun. Have your students decorate pens with colorful paper. Or you could use paper bags to create a one-of-a-kind scrapbook to hold all of your memories! Save yourself time and money while still having a fun time being creative. After all, why would you want those lunch bags to go to waste?

Pro Tip: Save your paper bags from the grocery store! Even if these still have the store logo on them, you can get creative by covering it up with paint or construction paper.

Paper Bag Crafts for Holidays

Paper Bag Turkey with Popcorn Stuffing

The holidays are full of quality time spent with family and friends. What a better way to enjoy this time with your loved ones than by making these adorable crafts!

From paper bag Easter bunnies to wreaths for Halloween and even a Thanksgiving turkey made out of paper bags and popcorn stuffing, there's a craft here for you. With these projects, you'll be making more than just crafts; you'll be making memories.

How to Make Paper Bag Puppets

Happy Hippo Bag Puppet

One of the most popular crafts for the classroom is lunch bag puppets! They're so cute and so simple to make. Your kids will love these crafts because they can get as creative as they want. Have your kids put on a puppet show with their paper bag creations!

When it comes to paper bag puppets here are a few key craft supplies that you'll probably need:

  1. Paper bags
  2. Tacky glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Googly eyes
  5. Paint
  6. Paper plates
  7. Construction paper
Check out these projects below from our friends at AllFreeKidsCrafts!

More Paper Bag Crafts for Kids

Easy Unicorn Paper Bag Craft

On a rainy day, make one of these paper bag crafts with the kids! Create magical figurines, animals, and more. 

What's your favorite way to reuse paper bags?
Let us know in the comments!

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