Make Your Own Paper Bag Book

Rachelle at TinkerLab, challenged bloggers to be creative with paper bags. Of course, I wanted to take a literacy angle and made a paper bag book that you can easily make, too. I found inspiration from That Artist Woman.

Paper Bag Books

paper bag books

DIY Paper Bag Book

paper bags (lunch sack size)
paints (tempora)
paint brushes
flower pictures
drawing book of ideas
paper bag books

1. Stack two paper bags, one on top of the other – each facing different directions.

paper bag books

2. Fold the two bags in half.

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3. Staple in the middle fold. To get the stapler to reach, you’ll have to fold under some of the page.

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4. Paint all the papes. We used tempora paints.

The next steps are totally up to you. Use your imagination to continue.

Here’s what we did for our books.

paper bag books

5. We used the Usborne book, How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids to make our books about fairiesWe went to Google images and found flowers. Then, we printed, cut, and pasted the flowers in our book.

6. JJ and I drew fairies in and around the flowers.

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7. We described what the fairies were doing. I wrote on separate paper and pasted it on the pages since the paint was tricky to write on. JJ wrote directly on the flowers in some pages.

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8. Let the bottom of the bags become lift-the-flaps. See this flap? Closed above. Open below.

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Participating Bloggers:

Paint Cut Paste, Imagination SoupHands On: As We Grow, Child Central Station, Putti Prapancha, Irresistible Ideas for Play-Based LearningTeach Preschool, The Chocolate Muffin Tree, Nurture Store, Small Types,Make Do & FriendThe Imagination Tree, Toddler Approved, Red Ted Art, Kids in the Studio, Rainy Day Mum, Glittering Muffins, Sense of Wonder, Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas, Come Together Kids, My Creative Family, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, A Mom With A Lesson Plan, Angelique Felix, The Golden Gleam, Clarion Wren, Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo, Let Kids Create, De tout et de rien, PlayDrMomCreativity My PassionKiwi Crate, Tinkerlab

There’s still time to join the challenge. Visit  TinkerLab or the Kiwi Crate Blog where they can add a photo or link in the comment section. One entry per person, please.

  • Trisha @ Clarion Wren

    I love how the printed images seem to pop out of the page. This is a great idea for some literacy fun.

    • Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Trisha!

  • Mom to 2 Posh lil Divas

    this is so creative & fun! keeping this in mind for my kindergartener – she is so into writing stories & I know she would love this!

  • amy @ kids in the studio

    Fun! This was on my list of possibilities, too. I picked up some gesso, though–I saw somewhere (?wish I remembered where!) to cover the surface for drawing. So we will definitely be trying this in the future. We love making blank books and filing them!

    • Melissa Taylor

      the challenge was how long it took each page to dry, then we turned, painted, and waited. Hard for kids and for me! :)

  • The Monko

    i absolutely love this. what a gorgeous book.

  • Toddler Approved

    What a great idea!! I love homemade books made from materials other than paper. They are so much more fun.

  • Stacy S. Jensen

    I thought the paper bag book was a neat idea. Then, I saw all the links. Lots to explore today. Thanks.

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