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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 (5)

  • nhrocky 16 Apr, 2015

    While searching for wedding ideas, I came across this and went through my old MSL magazines. The article lists Hygloss,com as the source for the bags.

  • Busy Mom 30 Jul, 2014

    I would also love to know where you can purchase those bags in a store or on-line to be sent to Canada. Please let me know.

  • ShannonMarie1212 29 Jul, 2014

    You will need 6 bags for each. There used to be a link here to buy these online. They look amazing if you can buy the bags in 3 different SIZES and colors. I have found that they do not turn out nearly as impressive if the bags are glossy or if the inside of the bag is white. I found brightly colored bags at the dollar store, and while they were cute, they were not half as pretty. I suggest giving yourself time to buy them online. Does anybody have the link that was once posted here?

  • TheresaJT 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?

  • Lillianap 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!!