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How To Make Cheap and Easy Paper Bag Snowflakes with Lunch Bags

Want a super cute, cheap, and easy craft for the holiday season you can make with kids? Follow along with this paper bag snowflake tutorial! All you need is brown paper lunch bags, a good pair of scissors, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks.

Thank you to Arrow Fastener for sponsoring this DIY paper bag snowflake tutorial! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

This year I’m focused on bringing you some super inexpensive Christmas decor ideas that you can make on a budget.

All you need for this adorable and fun craft idea is a stack of brown paper bags and your handy hot glue gun!

These brown paper bag snow flakes decorated my entire wall around our TV and go so well with these yarn Christmas trees we made last year, which I have styled on the entertainment center under the TV.

Paper Bag Snowflakes – Video Tutorial

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Cordless hot glue gun from Arrow Fastener

Having a cordless hot glue gun for this craft project was a game-changer! No need to mess with the cord, which means you can craft anywhere!

The Arrow GT30LI glue gun has a charging base with a retractable drip pad. All you do is plug in the base and get the glue gun charged. Once the light is green, you push a button on the glue gun to heat it up to the operating temperature of 170 degrees.

The cordless glue gun heats up in less than 1 minute and will turn green when it is ready to go!

It will last for up to 30 minutes on one charge! Amazing, right?

Making a paper bag snowflake is a super fun and easy DIY craft that only needs paper bags and a hot glue gun

Supplies needed for paper snowflakes:

Gluing paper bag snowflakes together is easy with arrow's hot glue gun simply add a little glue and press
Use your hand or another flat weight to press the paper bags together to ensure a good bond between bags

Step 1. Glue together 9 paper bags.

Once your hot glue gun is ready, apply a small glue line across the bottom of the bag (not the open end of the bag, but the bottom fold edge of the bag) and the middle of the bag in the shape of an upside-down T.

Press another bag into place over the glue.

Continue this process with the next bag until you have an entire stack of 9 bags.

Make sure you don’t bring the line of glue too close to the top edges of the bags. You don’t want the glue squeezing out the top and sticking to the other bags.

I didn’t experiment much here and this was my first time making these, but you may be able to get away with a smaller number of bags here. The giant paper bag snowflakes would just look a little flatter and the designs would be more stretched out if you used fewer bags.

You can make every paper bag snowflake unique by making cuts with scissors if different patterns

Step 2. Cut shapes out of the sides of the paper bags.

The next step is to cut out small shapes from the edges of the bags. Be sure you have good scissors here because there are a lot of layers to cut through.

Keep the snowflake pattern symmetrical on both sides of the bags so you can see all the way through your giant snowflake once you are done.

Example of cut paper bags in various patterns to make each snowflake unique after hot glued together

Here are some examples of how the cut lines that we used to create our snowflake shapes.

Get creative here with different shapes and different patterns! It’s just like making those folded paper snowflakes when you were a kid. There are so many different ways to make these DIY paper bag snowflakes and they will all look fun and unique.

Left over cuts from using scissors to make different designs showing all types of different shapes

Keep in mind that this process is pretty messy! You’ll probably end up with a big pile of paper bag scraps like this.

When you are done making each paper bag snowflake unique add a string of hot glue then get ready to open your paper bags
Fully opened paper bag snowflake being hot glued together with arrows hot glue gun and held while drying

Step 3. Open up paper bag snowflake.

Open your paper bag snowflake by grabbing the top of the bag and pulling them together in a circle shape. Check out your design and make sure you’re happy with it before moving on.

Next, apply more hot glue to the paper bag in the same upside-down T shape along the bottom fold and up through the middle of the bag. Join the 2 ends together and hold them in place in the center of the bag for about 30 seconds while the hot glue sets.

With your DIY craft complete simple take a hole punch and make a hole to run some string through and make a loop for hanging

Step 4. Hang the giant snowflakes.

Hanging the paper bag snowflakes is easy! All you do is punch a hole in the top of the paper bag where you want it to hang and tie some fishing line on.

You can hang them from a Command hook, a nail on the wall or anything else that you can tie to.

To hang a bunch all over the wall, as we did around our TV, we added about 5 clear mini Command hooks to the very top of the wall up by the ceiling.

Then, we strung several layers of fishing lines and tied them to the outside hooks. Then we had a string line at the top of the wall so we could add the large paper bag snowflakes anywhere we wanted on the wall.

If you don’t have a fishing line, you could also use a piece of twine or yarn.

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Making a display with paper bag snowflakes is a fun cheap DIY that adds a lot of Christmas flare to any room

These giant snowflakes would also look so fun added around your Christmas tree or hanging in your windows for winter decor. This great craft is so easy to make, even the kids can do them. It’s a great way (and definitely an inexpensive way) to get the little ones involved in decorating.

Each paper bag snowflake can be as unique as you want to make it following this simple tutorial and you'll love the end result

If you want to jazz them up a bit, add in some fairy lights, popsicle stick snowflakes, or make your own cotton ball snowball garland as I did. It was so easy to make with cotton balls, fishing line, and the same cordless hot glue gun.

These paper bag snowflakes blend in perfectly with other garland and Christmas decor for any space

If you want to make smaller snowflakes, you could try to make them with different sizes of bags. I’m thinking you could find smaller bags or gift bags that could work well, as long as they weren’t too thick. I didn’t think of this until after I was already done! Maybe I’ll try a smaller version next year.

Making multiple Decor pieces to surround a TV in festive Christmas cheer gets any room ready for the Holidays

If you wanted to make even larger snowflakes, you could use these giant lunch bags instead. How fun would that be?

If you’d rather have white paper bag snowflakes, just use white lunch bags instead! But I love the neutral look of the brown paper bags. They fit right in with our boho Christmas decor.

Take some time this Christmas to add some of your very own DIY decor with these paper bag snowflakes that you wont regret
Transform ordinary brown paper lunch bags into enchanting paper bag snowflakes with this cheap and easy DIY craft project

Where would you hang giant paper bag snowflakes in your house?

Let us know in the comments below.

How To Make Paper Bag Snowflakes

How To Make Paper Bag Snowflakes

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

These giant snowflakes would look so fun added around your Christmas tree or hanging in your windows for winter decor. This great craft is so easy to make, even the kids can do them.

Instructions

  1. Glue together 9 paper bags. Once your hot glue gun is ready, apply a small glue line across the bottom of the bag (not the open end of the bag, but the bottom fold edge of the bag) and the middle of the bag in the shape of an upside-down T.
  2. Cut out shapes from the sides of the paper bags. Keep the snowflake pattern symmetrical on both sides of the bags so you can see all the way through your giant snowflake once you are done. Get creative here with different shapes and different patterns! 
  3. Open up the paper bag snowflake and apply more hot glue in the same "T" shape. Join together to make a full circle.
  4. Hang the snowflakes up. To hang a bunch all over the wall, as we did around our TV, we added about 5 clear mini Command hooks to the very top of the wall up by the ceiling.

1 thought on “How To Make Cheap and Easy Paper Bag Snowflakes with Lunch Bags

  1. I loved this simple and creative craft idea! My kids and I had so much fun making snowflakes out of paper bags. The end result was beautiful and it was a great way to get us in the holiday spirit. Thanks for the easy instructions and inspiration!

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