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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 (2)

  • 29 May, 2014

    I would like to make these for a wedding. The directions say to repeat till all bags are use but the supplies do not say how many bags it uses for one flower. How many bags are needed to make one flower?

  • 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!!