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How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags Without Making the Same Mistake I Did

Looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays? Here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial explaining how to make snowflakes with paper bags and how to avoid the mistake I made!

Have you seen the latest trend in holiday decorating?

Decorating and craft enthusiasts are adding these cool paper bag snowflakes to their winter decor.

I love the look and they are so easy to make!

So I decided to make some for my living and dining rooms.

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How to Make Snowflakes with Paperbags

This is such an easy craft to do, especially with kids.

And it takes minutes to make.

I love the 3-dimensional look together with Christmas decor.

It’s magical!

You could really have fun with these too by making each one unique and different.

White or brown paper bags look so pretty.

But I bet you could even paint or stain the bags to make them different colors.

I haven’t tried it, but if you do, let me know how it goes!

How Many Lunch Bags Does It Take To Make a Snowflake?

To achieve a full, 3 dimensional look, I suggest using 8 or 9 paper bags.

I find the lunch bags are easier to use because they are made from thinner paper.

And I also like the look of white and brown paper bag snowflakes.

How Do You Make a Snowflake Out of Paper bag?

It’s very similar to cutting snowflakes from paper, except it has a twist.

Here’s what you need to get started with these three dimensional beauties.

Supplies Needed to Make Paper Snowflakes

  • Paper Bags (Brown or White)
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fishing Line
  • Clear Tape
  • Hole puncher
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

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How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

  • Gather supplies.
  • If the bags you are using have handles, cut them off.
  • Use 8 bags per snowflake
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags
  • Take first bag and run strip of hot glue from top to bottom in center.
  • Then run second strip of hot glue from left to right at the bottom of bag.
  • Quickly lay second bag on top and press down. You’ll need to work quick so the glue doesn’t dry before you seal them together.
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags
  • After glueing all 8 together, make your snowflake cutouts. This could be as simple as just snipping off the upper corners of the bag. Or you can be more decorative about it and snip off some extra half circles and triangles on the sides.
  • Then take one side of the snowflake and repeat the glue process.
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags
  • Open snowflake so one end of the paper bags meets the other. Press and seal so it now looks like a big snow flake.
  • Punch a hole in the top to string fishing line through. If you don’t have a hold puncher, you can use an exacto knife or punch a needle through.
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags
  • String each snowflake and bring the line up so both ends meet.
  • Add a piece of clear tape about 2-3″ from the end of the fishing lines.
  • Attach to ceiling. (Note: the tape could damage the paint on ceiling, so you could also tack it in.)
How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

What I Would Do Differently Next Time

For this project, I used brown paper bags that I had on hand.

But it would be SO much easier to make using lunch bags or thinner paper bags like that.

These were really thick and hard to cut so I didn’t get too decorative with the snowflakes.

How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

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  1. Stacy,
    I’m going to make some of these today. I can’t believe how easy they are. But so cute. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. Stacy!!! Your’s turned out beautifully. I’m going to attempt some this weekend, but ONLY after I buy a more suitable bag. 🙂 I won’t use my thicker craft paper with handle on them likes yours. THANK YOU! – Elizabeth

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