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How To Use Paper Bags As Wrapping Paper

Are you looking for an eco-friendly way to wrap gifts this year? Don’t worry we have you covered. Learn how to create easy DIY wrapping paper from your leftover brown paper bags.

two presents wrapped with DIY brown paper bag wrapping paper.

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Recommended Supplies

  • Brown Bag
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Decorating Materials: crayons, paint, paint markers, ribbon or twine

How To Make Brown Paper Bag Wrapping Paper

Step 1: Remove Handles (if your bag has them)

Remove the handles and set them aside.

handles removed from brown paper bag.

Step 2: Cut Down The Side Seam

Cutting on a seam will give you as much paper to work with as possible.

scissors cutting down side of brown bag.

Step 3: Cut Out The Bottom Panel

Cut out the bottom and remove.

scissors cutting around bottom of brown bag.

Step 4: Lay Paper Flat

brown paper bag opened up with parts cut off.

Step 5: Decorate

Decorate your paper with a variety of materials. You can paint, stamp or just add twine to your wrapping paper.

Ideas For Decorating

Make Polka Dot Paper

Stamp with paint or use circle metallic stickers to create a DIY polka dot wrapping paper.

easy homemade wrapping paper ideas

DIY Leaf Print Paper

Have fun printing real-life leaves on your brown paper.

green leaf print DIY wrapping paper out of old brown paper bag

Repeated Word Design Paper

Use a paint marker to write a personalized message on your DIY wrapping paper.

gold paint pen writing Merry on brown paper bag for easy homemade wrapping paper

Use Kid Drawings

Allow your children the creativity to design the wrapping paper themselves.

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DIY Wrapping Paper Out Of Brown Paper Bags

Learn how to make eco-friendly and cheap DIY wrapping paper.
Print Tutorial
two presents wrapped with DIY brown paper bag wrapping paper.
Active Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • Scissors
  • Tape


  • Brown Bag
  • Decorating Materials paint markers, crayons, stickers, paint or stamps


  • Pull handles off the bag.
  • Cut down the side seam.
  • Continue to cut the bottom off the bag.
  • Open the brown bag up to be flat.
  • Decorate the inside paper of the bag.


Ways To Decorate Brown Bag Wrapping Paper

  • Print leaves
  • Stamps
  • Circle stickers
  • Kid drawings
  • Painted patterns
  • Paint markers
  • Repeated words or personalized sayings
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Homemade gift tags
Author: Erin Nutter
Cost: under $5

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