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.

The Best Ideas for Upcycling Brown Paper Bags

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

Brown paper bags are so versatile, don’t you think? Share what you like to do with your leftover bags in the comments below!

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