16 Ways to Upcycle Brown Paper Bags

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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
NeatBowsForCoolKids

2. Origami heart flowers
via Copple Shop

Upcycled Brown Paper Bag Origami Heart Flowers
coppleshop

3. Fancy envelopes
via Le Box Boutique

Kraft Envelopes with Washi Paper Tape
leboxboutique

4. Fancy bookmark
via Copple Shop

Origami Bookmark My Poorly Sutured Heart, Embroidered
coppleshop

5. Travel journal cover
via Montclair Made

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

6. Table seating cards
via Bird and Whale

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

7. Flower headband
via Styles By Stiles

Brown Paper Bag headband
StylesByStiles

8. Art sketchbook cover
via Eclectic Cosmos

Sketchbook Stab Bound Recycled
eclecticCosmos

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

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

10. Picture album or scrapbook
via BAM Crafty Mommas

Cat Paper Bag Album Scrapbook
bamcraftymommas

11. Wallet or passport cover
via ideaka

Brown Paper Bag Wallet
ideaka
Brown Paper Bag Passport Cover
ideaka

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
CarlinCardCreations

13. Makeup pouch
via Chok Dee

zippered repurposed recycled upcycled paper makeup pouches
ChokDee

14. Tiny earrings
via Upcycle Your World

Tiny hand rolled paper bead earrings made from a paper bag
UpcycleYourWorld

15. Gift bows
via Copple Shop

Handmade Gift Bows from a Brown Grocery Bag
coppleshop

16. Stickers
via Noble Earth

Eco-friendly Heart Stickers, Brown Bag Recycled Upcycled
NobleEarth
 

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