I love these brown paper flowers!  When I first saw them, I thought they had to be store-bought.  They just look so elegant.  But as it turns out, we can all make these at home using leftover brown paper lunch bags.  They’re the perfect autumn decoration, especially if you have more time than cash! :)

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 – 8 brown paper lunch bags
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  1. With bottom flap of an unopened bag towards you, cut off the bottom of the bag above the fold.
  2. Draw a petal shape on the bag and cut it out.  Make the petal as wide as possible; make one end pointed, and just cut straight across the other end.
  3. Save the small parts that fall out as you cut the petals.  You will use them later.
  4. Bend the petals in half length-wise and then glue 6-8 of them together at the straight-cut end, making a flower shape.
  5. Repeat with smaller petal pieces that fell out as you cut. Make sure to overlap pieces as you glue and keep them slightly elevated for a 3-D effect.
  6. Now you should have a large and small flower.  Glue the smaller flower inside the large one and you’re done!

 Thanks, A Place For Us

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12 thoughts on “How to Make Cute Flowers from Brown Paper Bags!”

  1. did this with zig-zag edged sissors to put on the tree painted on the wall of my daughter’s room. TOO CUTE!!!

  2. I just made some of these, and they are so cute!! Thanks for posting this! The photographic instructions (by clicking A Place For Us) are great!

  3. Sharon says:

    I really like these, but I do not understand the instructions! Does it take 6 or 8 bags for each flower? I would also love to see the step by step photos. Great idea about the poinsettas Karen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry the directions were a little hazy : ( Yes, you need 6 – 8 bags per flower. If you click on the link above you’ll find some pics that may really help clarify. Hope that helps : )

  4. Step by step pictures? Pleeeeeaaaaassssseeee?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, that would be helpful. Even though I am a professional artist and have many years’ experience doing crafts with kids in residential homes, and have a BA in counseling, I still would find pictures beneficial. Jennifer Kaiser Gomes– I do not look down on you for asking for clarification. The instructions are a little less than perfectly clear.

      • Anonymous says:

        BTW–click on the “A Place For Us” link and there are photos. Good. Now we dummies can get our hand-eye coordination going. lol :)

  5. If you painted then red or used white bags, they could be poinsettas for Christmas!

  6. is it possible for you to post step by step pictures?

  7. these are really nice looking, may have to try them

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love all the crafts that you post can’t wait to try this!