Repurposing A Brown Paper Bag For Holiday Uses

November 30, 2012

When I think of the holidays I think about all of the paper that is used and then thrown out for waste. Instead of buying wrapping paper, gift tags, and Advent/Christmas countdown calendars, how about making them from the paper you already have in your home? Because I sometimes forget to take my reusable bags grocery shopping, I end up with a few brown paper bags. These have some fantastic uses for the holiday season– I could list several but I will just tell you my top three below.

Christmas Countdown Calendar
One small piece of cardboard, two pieces of colored paper (try to use recycled if you can :)), scissors, colored pencils, glue, and your handy brown paper grocery bag


Cut cardboard piece to the size of your colored paper (usually about 8.5 x 11). Glue the colored paper to the cardboard piece. Cut your paper bag to the  same size of your cardboard piece. Fold the brown paper evenly into fifths and crease each time you fold. Now unfold the paper and use something circular (slightly larger than a quarter) to trace circle’s onto each of the five creases. Cut the traced circles out leaving a small portion underneath so it stays attached. Next, glue the paper to the cardboard piece. Now is the really fun part–after you number each circle write in a little messages for your child. Some examples I used for my 7 year old daughter were help mommy make dinner, pick one toy to donate to shelter, choose one Christmas movie to rent, and various holiday themed jokes/riddles.

Gift Tags
One Piece Colored Recycled Paper, Scissors, Glue, Colored Pencils, and your brown paper bag

To make these, it’s pretty self explanatory. Just cut your brown paper to the size and shape desired and back with colored paper. You can get pretty creative with these but I made my simple to demonstrate.

Wrapping Paper
This is one of the best uses for brown paper bags. It is a little stiffer than your average wrapping paper and obviously less colorful but there are easy fixes for that. I like to cut out small circles and color them red and green for a polka dot effect. You could also draw various designs on your paper which would add a nice personal touch.

And there you have it…Three uses for your brown paper grocery bags and one eco-friendly holiday!

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  • Reply Angie Generose December 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Oh I love this! Funny, I have a Whole Foods paper bag in my laundry room right now that has been sitting there for a while. I enjoyed looking around your blog. I’m a big fan of the natural lifestyle as well, so I will definitely be coming back and probably linking to it sometime soon. Thank you for sharing it on Link Love Thursday!


  • Reply Peace Love Organic Mommy December 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for stopping by- I enjoyed your blog as well! It’s always nice to meet other mommy’s that are on the same page for providing their families a healthy lifestyle :)

  • Reply Julie December 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    You’re right. There are so many ways to use the brown paper bags and not just for Christmas. Just add glitter and shapes and you can create anything. New follower from the BSN blog hop.

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