Saturday, April 24, 2010

Re-using paper bags

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Today I wanted to share a few ideas on how to re-use your paper bags. Lot's of stores use paper instead of plastic now which is great!

First I made a little treat bag. I sprayed the bag with mist to add some colour and then added a simple journalling spot with an embellishment on. This is a great idea for a kids party, you could easily add the child's names to the tag or have colour coordinating bags for boys & girls. And it's so quick & simple! It would be great for Halloween too.

The monthly kit club I subscribe to comes in large paper bags. These are ideal for wrapping gifts, you could create your own patterned paper by stamping on to the bag directly.

Here I've re-used the bags to send items in the post. I've used decorative masking tape to mark off an area for the address (I've erased this out for confidentiality purposes) and to seal the package. Just make sure you add some bubble wrap and/or sturdy cardboard to the package if you are sending something that will bend or get easily damaged.

On this last bag I created some simple flowers using some journalling spots, pleating some decorative masking tape & adding buttons, which turns it into a gift bag. If you have a paper bag with a store logo on which covers most of the bag, then you can easily cover it using some patterned paper and adding some embellishments.

I hope this has left you inspired to try up-cycling your paper bags. If you haven't followed along the hop yet then my blog is your first stop. Have fun!



  1. Great projects! I love that treat bag and your flowers using the pleated tape!

  2. Awesome bags! I REALLY love those flowers!! So Cute!

  3. Great bags, I love ther flowers you created cute

  4. Those flowers are great! So pretty!!

  5. what an adorable paperbag flower!!! TFS this idea!

  6. I like decorating bags too and I love those little flowers. Going to have to try and figure out how to make them. I've put lots of flower directions on my Facebook fan page (vintageterrace2), but don't think I've seen this one.

  7. I love decorating paper bags... love your ideas... thanks so much for sharing.

    xxx Monica