I know that this former grocery store standard is happily being phased out in many areas, but if you’ve still got a stash under your sink, then check out some of these brown paper bag crafts and get it cleared out before Christmas!
1. book cover. It may be old-school, but it works!
2. candy bowl. This papier mache bowl is Halloween-themed, but just decorate it differently for a different holiday.
3. Cook a turkey. I’m not really into turkey, so I haven’t tried this myself, but I know people who swear by it.
4. family timeline. This would be such a great project to do with kids!
5. floor. Did you know that you can make brown paper bag flooring?!? It’s not for the faint of heart, but I think that it looks pretty cool.
6. gift wrap. It’s not the sexiest wrapping paper, but it’s also not gaudy, and if you’ve got the artistic touch, you can embellish this wrapping paper to make it truly stunning.
7. heart-shaped wall hanging. The tute suggests this wall hanging for Valentine’s Day, but it would make a cute anytime gift to someone special, as well.
8. inspiration book. Fill this book with the quotes that get you through the day.
9. journal. This quick and easy brown paper bag journal is a terrific travel journal, and also a great kid’s craft.
10. leaf garland. You can leave this one up from September through Thanksgiving!
11. origami wallet. You can make a wallet from duct tape–why not brown paper?
12. placemat. Why spend money on a placemat when it’s just going to get dirty anyway?
13. printables. Learn how to print onto brown paper bags, and all kinds of craft projects are open to you!
14. pumpkin. This makes a terrific seasonal decoration, especially if you don’t want to deal with rotting Jack-o-lanterns.
15. recipe cards. Brown paper is almost as sturdy as index cards.
16. ribbon. Seriously–brown paper bag ribbon! And it’s gorgeous!
17. rose. It’s the edging on these brown paper bag roses that makes them look so realistic.
18. spiral-bound journal. If you don’t like to sew your book bindings, you could invest in a spiral binder and make easy books like these.
19. sash. Here’s a super easy sash for dress-up!
20. sewn basket. You can make these large-scale to hold all of your large stuff.
21. stairs. Okay, these aren’t paper bag stairs, exactly, but stairs covered in paper bag flooring. Regardless, they look amazing.
22. stocking. This is a super-simple DIY once stores start to come out with their holiday-themed bags.
23. tree. Decorate with this tree as-is, or use it as the base for all kinds of handmade leaves and embellishments.
24. trick-or-treat bag. Nicely embellished, it’s much better than a pillowcase!
25. turkey. This is THE perfect decoration for the kids’ table. It’s even carvable!
26. wreath. This is a lovely all-seasons wreath that you can embellish any way you’d like.