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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.

Wait until you see how beautiful they look and how easy paper bag snowflakes are to make!

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What Are Paper Bag Snowflakes?

Paper bag snowflakes are a creative and simple craft made by folding, cutting, and unfolding paper bags to resemble delicate snowflake designs. To create them, you typically start with a plain paper lunch bag.

They are really easy to make and look so pretty and festive when hung. It’s a great activity to do with the kids or grandkids before or even after the holidays.

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. 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 so you can’t go wrong with either.

How Do You Make a Snowflake Out of Paper Bag?

It’s very similar to cutting snowflakes from paper, except it has a twist. To make it 3-dimensional, we have to glue several paper bags together to get the full effect.

This might sound more complicated than it is.

But using hot glue to make the snowflakes is much easier than using something like Elmer’s because you need that quick adherence.

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How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags

Making lunch bag snowflakes 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!

Supplies Needed to Make Paper Snowflakes

It’s pretty straightforward to make paperbag snowflakes.

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

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Directions to Make Paper Bag Snowflakes

Are you ready to make these festive snowflakes made from paper bags?

Here’s 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
  • Take the first bag and run a strip of hot glue from top to bottom in the center.
  • Then run the second strip of hot glue from left to right at the bottom of the bag.
  • Quickly lay the second bag on top and press down. You’ll need to work quickly so the glue doesn’t dry before you seal them together.
  • After gluing 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.
  • Open the snowflake so one end of the paper bag meets the other. Press and seal so it now looks like a big snowflake.

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Hanging the Paperbag Snowflakes

  • 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.
  • 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 the ceiling, so you could also tack it in.)
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What I Would Do Differently Next Time

For this project, I used brown paper bags that I had on hand. But it would have been SO much easier to make using lunch bags or thinner paper bags.

Because the ones I had on hand were really thick and hard to cut so I didn’t get too decorative with the snowflakes.

Oh well, they still looked pretty though!

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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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  4. These are so cute! I bought white paper bags last year but still haven’t made these yet. I need to do it! Thanks for sharing. Pinned

  5. Did you cut the bags open before you got glued them together? Not understanding how you opened them up to make the snow flake shape?

  6. This is such a creative idea, Stacy. These snowflakes came out so cute, I definitely need to make some!!

  7. Stacy, your paper bag snowflakes are too cute; the DIY Christmas inspiration makes me want to make some today. I’m loving being on this blog tour with you!