Name of Project
Paper Bag Wreath
Ages This Project is Suitable For
10 and over
Approximate Time Required to Complete This Project
2 brown paper bags
1 green paper bag OR gift wrapping tissue paper (color: green)
This paper bag wreath is made with all natural materials and is a wonderful decorative piece for your home.
1. Take your scissors and cut off the bottom side (about 0.5 inches) of one of your brown paper bags and your green paper bag. (Leave the second brown paper back aside for a while.)
2. Now cut these two bags open, down one of their folds (on their long sides), so you could unfold the paper.
3. After you’ve unfolded the paper of both paper bags, turn them both to their long side and use your hands to form the paper into two long rolls (a brown and a green one).
4. Then staple or glue one of the green paper’s ends to one of the brown paper’s.
5. Twist both paper rolls separately (with your fingers) and then put them together to form a twisted wreath design. Glue or staple the ends that meet.
6. Now it’s time to use the second brown paper bag you’ve left aside in the beginning of this project. Use your scissors to cut a strip from it – it should be 4.4 inches wide and 12 inches long.
7. Fold this strip in half. Cut a fringe on the long side of the strip where it’s not folded, leaving 0.5 inches space from the fold.
8. Put some glue on one end of the strip with the fringe and wrap the strip around your finger, remembering to put glue to it every time you bring the strip forth to complete a circle. Put glue to the finishing end the last time you wrap it around your finger. Hold it there for a minute or two to make sure the glue has dried.
9. Take the wrapped paper fringe-strip off your finger. You should have created a fuzzy flower design.
10. Glue this flower on your paper bag wreath. Wait till the glue is dry and the flower secured in its place.
11. With your hands, open the paper flower’s long and thin petals to give it the right shape (as in the picture).
12. Glue the sea-shells on the paper bag wreath and wait for the glue to harden. The wreath’s ready.
Tips and Tricks
- If you’re to use green gift wrapping tissue paper you should cut it to the length of your unfolded brown bag paper. If you’re to use a green paper bag, it should be the size of your brown paper bag.
- In case you use only glue for this craft (and not a stapler), always remember to wait for the glue to harden/dry before you move on to the next step.
- Do not squeeze the paper too much and do not twist tightly.
- The wider your brown paper strip and the longer the fringe you make, the fuzzier your flower will be.