16 Ways to Upcycle Brown Paper Bags

Paper grocery bags are often reused as lunch, trash, and recycling sacks, but there are many more creative, longer-lasting options. If you have a pile of paper bags to whittle through, here are some awesome upcycling ideas:

1. Hair bow
via Neat Bows For Cool Kids

Brown Paper Bag Hair Bows


2. Origami heart flowers
via Copple Shop

Upcycled Brown Paper Bag Origami Heart Flowers


3. Fancy envelopes
via Le Box Boutique

Kraft Envelopes with Washi Paper Tape


4. Fancy bookmark
via Copple Shop

Origami Bookmark My Poorly Sutured Heart, Embroidered


5. Travel journal cover
via Montclair Made

Travel Journal no.2- Maine- Mini Notebook- Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Cover


6. Table seating cards
via Bird and Whale

wedding - Table seating cards- made from upcycled Trader Joe Bags


7. Flower headband
via Styles By Stiles

Brown Paper Bag headband


8. Art sketchbook cover
via Eclectic Cosmos

Sketchbook Stab Bound Recycled


9. Pretty gift tag – and/or gift wrapping
via Noble Earth

Gift Tags, Rustic Gift Labels, Brown Recycled Paper, Just For You love tag


10. Picture album or scrapbook
via BAM Crafty Mommas

Cat Paper Bag Album Scrapbook


11. Wallet or passport cover
via ideaka

Brown Paper Bag Wallet


Brown Paper Bag Passport Cover


12. Greeting card
via Carlin Card Creations

Upcycled Grocery Bag, just a note, set of 2 folded note cards and envelopes made with recycled grocery sack


13. Makeup pouch
via Chok Dee

zippered repurposed recycled upcycled paper makeup pouches


14. Tiny earrings
via Upcycle Your World

Tiny hand rolled paper bead earrings made from a paper bag


15. Gift bows
via Copple Shop

Handmade Gift Bows from a Brown Grocery Bag


16. Stickers
via Noble Earth

Eco-friendly Heart Stickers, Brown Bag Recycled Upcycled



3 Responses

  1. Chok Dee

    June 6, 2012 10:30 am

    Thank you SO much for featuring my makeup bags. I’d love to offer you and your readers 30% off your first order from Chok Dee. Just use coupon code “30OFF” at checkout on etsy.com to receive the discount.

    I really love the other upcycling ideas here too. I can’t wait to read more of your blog.

    thanks for finding me!

  2. Amanda Alizarine

    June 7, 2012 2:36 am

    This is absolutely wonderful. At Eclectic Cosmos, we strive to create using as many recycled materials as possible. Its so great to see the unique ways other artists are devising to upcycle their brown paper bags. My husband and I are honored and overjoyed that you thought to feature one of our Stab-Bound Sketchbook/Journals.

    Thank you!

  3. Kerly

    June 17, 2012 9:48 pm

    I just discovered your blog and seems that this is exactly what I have been searching for…and I think I am fallin’ for it…..thank you! :)


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