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Paper-Bag Flowers

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2004


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

  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. Pull top and bottom bags around to form flower.

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

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