Fall Crafts: 7 Ways to Decorate with Brown Paper Lunch Bags

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I am crazy about fall decorating, but I'm not crazy about spending money. Let's face it, I like spending money ... let's be real. Today's economy calls for being frugal and creative. So, while I was in the grocery store doing my weekly shopping, I picked up a package of brown lunch bags for just $2.00. Then, I set myself to find at least five ways to use them in my fall decorating ... and score! I came up with seven ways to use brown paper bags!

7 Ways to Use Brown Lunch Bags for Fall

 7 Uses for Brown Paper Lunch Bags During the Fall

1. Bunting

I'm not generally one that likes to jump on the latest craze. But I couldn't resist. Making this bunting was quick and easy. I just stapled the twine to the triangles and didn't even try to hide the staples.

2. Fire

This craft project was so easy I wish I had done it years ago. I used random orange/yellow paper scraps along with the brown bags and cut them into "flames." There was no pattern...just cut. Then I stapled it to the back of a 2x4 scrap. I'm in love with this and my kids thought it was a real fire at first (they're not too bright).

3. Leaves on the table

I handed my kids some of those fake fall leaves — the kind they've never seen for real because we live in Texas where the leaves don't change. We traced them onto the bags and cut. Then I sprinkled them on the coffee table.  Fun!

4. Leaves on the pumpkins

I loved the leaves so much that I had to find another use for them. After spreading them around the house, I thought, "Why not put some on a pumpkin?" I stapled them to twine and hung them from a pumpkin on the porch.  These pumpkins and leaves just make me happy.

5. Luminaria

When I was a kid, my neighborhood would line the streets on Christmas Eve with brown bag luminarias. My family would go out for a walk and I remember how sweet and welcoming the sight was. I just had to make some.

I folded the bags down along the top four times. This was a slow, careful process. Just take it a little at a time and you'll get the hang of it. Next, I stole some sand from my kids' sandbox and used whatever small candles I had in the drawer of candle rejects. I just love how the luminaries add a touch of warmth to the front porch.

6. Letters

Why-oh-why do I have such a love affair with letters?! Letters make me swoon. We backed these lunch bag letters with black paper, stapled them to twine, and strung it inside the empty frame above my couch. My mind is racing with other places I could use these!

7. Book covers

Sometimes my books are just not the right color for decorating. The fall requires warm tones — everyone knows that! So I took my lunch bags and covered some books. Elementary, my dear Watson. I can't wait to try this for Christmas!

How can you use brown paper lunch bags in your fall decorating?

Lisa Pennington is a mom of 9 living in the Texas Hill Country, where there are no cold evenings to light a real fire. She blogs over at The Pennington Point where she shares her adventures in homeschooling and running a busy etsy shop, Shop 24.

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17 Responses to “Fall Crafts: 7 Ways to Decorate with Brown Paper Lunch Bags”

  1. Suzanne says:

    You should know that my daughter saw your post and promptly covered a stack of books with brown packing paper (that was what we had available following our big move), writing titles on them in Sharpie and arranging them on her bookshelf. Very nice!

  2. Great ideas Lisa!! I love the fall bunting & the letters!! Those luminaries are oh so very cute as well!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Cyndi Spivey says:

    Lisa everyone of those ideas are so cute! I especially love those luminaries!!

  4. Really cool ideas, Lisa! Love the leaves. I’ve cut many leaves out of paper, but never thought of paper bags.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kelli says:

    Great ideas! I love the leaves on the pumpkins!

  6. martha says:

    Just joining great site ,

  7. Brooke Johnson says:

    Thank you, Martha! We are happy you are here.

  8. Brooke Johnson says:

    Thanks, Kelli! Please send us photos if you recreate! Happy Halloween!

  9. Brooke Johnson says:

    Thanks for visiting, Liz! Happy Fall to you!

  10. Brooke Johnson says:

    Thank you, Cyndi!

  11. Brooke Johnson says:

    Thank you, Tonya! Send us pics if you recreate!

  12. Brooke Johnson says:

    Hi Suzanne, I bet they look good! Glad it inspired your daughter! Happy Fall to you.

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