DIY Paper Grocery Bag Flowers & Gift Wrap

gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-1gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-2“Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things ” The song from my favorite movie describes our little project today – make your own unique gift wrap and gift toppers by up-cycling grocery paper bags!

(And our Silhouette winner is annouced at the end of the post!)

This is a really simple project! All we need here are paper bags, a little bit of craft paint – I used gold and white for a holiday touch, and some [easyazon_link asin=”B00004Z1TX” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”apieceofrainb-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Natural Fiber Twisted Sisal Rope[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link asin=”B002U72BNU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”apieceofrainb-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Baker’s Twine[/easyazon_link]!

Grocery-bag-flower-apieceofrainbowblog 1 Grocery-bag-flower-apieceofrainbowblog  (1)First, draw some petals, or download the full size template here-Download template. Print it out on letter size paper, and use these petal shapes as guides.

gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-b (2)Open up the bags, trace the petal shapes, and cut them out. It’s fun to utilize the designs and colors on the bags. I also painted the blank side to create some gold and white patterned paper to cut the petals. Cut a few larger petals to use on the out edges, and a few smaller ones to use near the center.

gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-b (1)Create a crinkled look on each petal by gathering and twisting each cut piece.

gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-b (4) gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-b (3)To make the center stamens, cut small fringes on a piece of paper, I used newspaper and white paper. Roll the piece, glue or tape it (use paper tape) at the end and gently fan out the fringes.

Grocery-bag-flower-apieceofrainbowblog 2 Grocery-bag-flower-apieceofrainbowblog 1bStarting with the smaller petals, put a little glue on the base and glue it to the stamen. Keep adding petals in a spiral pattern until your flower looks happy and pretty!

gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-3 gift-wrap-apieceofrainbow-2bThe final step is to wrap your gifts and tape some flowers on top. These flowers would be beautiful on a wreath too!

Flowers are not the only thing you can make from paper grocery bags!  A pendant lamp DIY is waiting for you! apieceofrainbow_pendant1_ (1)

If you love the idea of up-cycle, check out these ingenious Christmas Trees made of unconventional and up-cycled materials! christmas trees apieceofrainbow 2

Now it’s time to announce our lucky winner (selected by random Pick Giveaway Winner app) of the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and please don’t feel discouraged if you are not the winner – I entered last year and did not win, so I bought one, and it’s totally worth it! See, you are not alone! =)


THE WINNER IS:  Roopa I.! Congratulations Roopa!!! Please send me your mailing address via my contact page! =)


  1. Hi there! Came in via Pinterest.
    Just wanted to say these are the sweetest flowers! I want to make a mirror, but didn’t have any idea how to attach some floral detail to it. These might have the right amount of body to paint. But then, I might change my color scheme to just use the paper bags! I love the rustic, natural look. Funny thing to say about a grocery bag, but the flowers have changed character!
    Lovely job.

  2. I just came across your blog. Wonderful ideas! I am looking for ideas for papercrafts with wallpaper from sample books. Maybe I can adapt some of these!

  3. This is such a genius idea and great way to recycle. I think the best presents are wrapped in brown paper with big beautiful bows around them! I may try this for my Christmas pressies!

    Katie <3

  4. Congratulations Roopa! I have actually included that Silhouette Portrait in my Christmas list thanks to your previous post! As for your recycled holiday wrappings…totally love ’em! I actually do kraft paper wrapping every year but I’m following your tutorial for some recycled wrappings this time. 🙂

  5. How adorable! What a great way to recycle. Those would look lovely on top of a present under the Christmas tree <3

  6. These are so cute! I was already to do the brown paper wrappings so this is great!!!! Thank you for the great tutorial! Tess

  7. I have greatly enjoyed looking at your paper bag flowers. We did these when I was a little girl, decades past. They are still as elegant and lovely now as then. Thank you for your wonderful pattern pieces and tutorial. I’ll be sharing this with my great grand-niece later on this week.

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