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Paper-Bag Flowers


Look at colorful paper bags in a new light: When folded and snipped, they make delightful hanging decorations. You'll need 6 gusseted bags (same size and color) for each flower.


  • Gusseted paper bags of any size
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • String


  1. Step 1


    Fold bottom of a bag in on itself, as pictured. Cut above lower fold to remove bag's bottom.

  2. Step 2


    Trim top to form a petal shape. Punch a hole about 1/4 inch from bottom. Repeat with remaining bags. Apply double-sided tape to lower front edges of one bag. Place another bag on top; repeat to stack all bags. Draw a length of string through hole in stack; knot.

  3. Step 3


    Pull top and bottom bags around to form flower.

  4. Step 4


    Join ends with double-sided tape. Suspend flower from string.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

Reviews (1)

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    I made these for a baby shower and people we're pulling them out to take them home and figure out how I made them. They look beautiful and so cheap to make!!