Main Ingredient Monday- Brown Paper Bags

20 new and exciting paper bag crafts from Too Much Time on My Hands

Welcome to Main Ingredient Monday!

1 Main Ingredient + Tons of Creativity = 20 "New" and amazing projects

I was using brown paper bags for some decorations for my son's birthday party and my mind started wandering to all of the possibilities. I ran to pinterest and found so many cool and exciting things that could happen with a plain brown paper bag. Here are my 20 favorite brown paper bag crafts and projects!

If you have a fabulous brown paper bag project you have completed, send me the link and I will include it in this collection!


Paper hydrangeas- brown paper bags and a styrofoam balls..

Paper Hydrangeas from One Young Love

Ribbon from Roben-Marie Smith


Bird's Nest from Alpha Mom

brown bag 14

Cutlery Pouches from Catch My Party

Gift wrapping ideas via Flights of Fancy

DIY easter basket

Woven basket from The Elli Blog

Lanterns via Design Sponge

Fall wreath from Martha

Repin Via: Caitlin Cawley

Advent Calendar from  Most Lovely Things

paper bag pinata - i used to make these for my daughter when she was little

Pinata from The Crafty Crow

circle garland = recycled brown paper bags + thread

Garland from Janee Lookerse

Dahlia  embroidery on brown paper bag

Embroidery via Flickr

Brown Paper Bag DIY Tassel Garland

Tassle Garland from Nite Nite Mommy

Brown Paper Bag Waffle Bar! what if someone did this for their wedding? haha! | best stuff

Tablecloth via best stuff

Love the brown paper bag backdrop

Party backdrop from Alison Conklin

Bouquet of the week: dressing up a plastic pot with a brown paper bag, gardenista

Vase from Gardenista

Wire and a paper bag lamp?

Lamp from The Mill Creek Barns

Expolring journals from Crafting in the Rain

diy project: paper frames | Design*Sponge

Paper frames from BBB  via Design Sponge

Everyday Tote Bag by Richela Fabian Morgan. This is one of the book projects - it's made of a common, but surprising type of paper!

Tote bag via All Things Paper



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  1. These are some awesome ideas! I never knew there were so many thing you could do with a brown paper bag. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow!! So much inspiration and great ideas! I agree, had no clue you could do all these things! My mind is wondering too! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing, pinned 🙂
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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