These DIY paper bag Christmas decs are super cheap to make and give a cozy, festive finish

Kinder to the planet and on your wallet, these Christmas paper bag decorations are quick, cheap, and super easy to make

Christmas paper bag decorations on a wall above mantel, foliage on mantel, pine cones, single lit candle
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If you're looking for a cheap and easy festive project then making Christmas paper bag Christmas decorations is a total must. They take no time at all to craft and you can make them as unique to your home as you'd like. With a slight Christmas Scandi influence too, they will suit an interior that is less cluttered so they can shine. 

All you need for this clever project is a selection of paper bags, you can use sandwich-style kraft bags, basic white paper carrier bags that you'd use for parties, or patterned designs like the selection I found in Ikea for gifts. You could, of course, buy plain ones and paint them to make them more personal — the world really is your oyster with this craft project and they will look awesome next to any shop-bought Christmas decs too!

paper bag Christmas decorations diy, paper bags, scissors, glue gun, fishing wire reel

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You will need:

1. Selection of paper bags, I used Ikea's Christmas Vinterfint paper bags but Amazon has cute kraft paper bags that you can use too.

2. Some kind of glue: we used a glue gun and sticks for more secure results.

3 Fishing wire to hang the decs with, though you could use string or ribbon

4. Scissors: normal and some with wavy edges, or pinking shears

5. A hole punch

1. Glue your bags together 

paper bag decorations, glue on paper bag, glue gun

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Start by adding glue to your first bag, then add the next one the same way up. Repeat this until you have about four on top of each other. 

2. Snip the corners off the bags

paper bag decorations diy, brown bag with corners cut off

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Once you have four or so glued together cut the corners. It's easier to do this now as when the bags get too thick it's nearly impossible to do. Then add more bags. 

The way to know you have enough is to gently pull back the corners so the bags open up. I used at least 10 for each one. 

3. Make some cuts 

Christmas paper bag decorations diy, cutting pieces out

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For the white bag design I added some extra cuts to one side of the bags, again as above, do this when you have a smaller selection of bags glued, then do the rest. So every four bags I made the cuts. This gives you a snowflake kind of design when opened out which works nicely with the white bags. 

4. Add some sparkle

Christmas paper bag decorations, silver stars on paper bag

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For the kraft bags I decided to add a little sparkle. I found some silver stars and glued two on each section. For similar try these from Amazon. Sequins would work well too. 

5. Use your hole punch 

Christmas paper bag decorations, threading fishing wire through

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When you're happy with all of your Christmas paper bag decorations it's time to prep them for hanging. I used a hole punch to make two holes for extra strength and threaded some fishing wire through and knotted it. You could use a thin ribbon or string too. 

6. Hang them up!

Christmas paper bag decorations, white and kraft bags, candle

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Christmas paper bag decorations, brown bags, silver stars, mantel with foliage

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Odd numbers always look better so opt for 3, 5 or 7. The larger the bags the larger the decoration will be so bare that in mind. You could cut down the bags to make smaller ones.

Christmas paper bag decorations, two hanging above mantel, green foliage

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Other hanging ideas include using Command hooks on the ceiling above your festive table, hanging them along a wall, or up the stairs in a group. 

What Christmas decorations can you make out of paper? 

The most iconic Christmas paper decoration is of course the humble paper chain, made by most of us as children at some point or another — and still a good classic to consider crafting. 

There are other star designs and concertina-style shapes you can make too, like baubles, fans, crepe paper streamers, and paper snowflakes; perfect for a Scandi Christmas decor scheme or a display that wants to feel festive but planet-friendly.

Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride.