Paper decoration tutorial

I wanted to try my hand at making Martha's paper bag project from scratch. (Using book pages not paper bags.) And I thought I'd share my little adventure with you! You can make these with any kind of pretty paper that pleases you. These would make great party decorations so keep these in mind next time a birthday comes around.

The supplies you need are,
  • 6 or 8 sheets of paper (I used 8 old book pages)
  • double sided sticky tape
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • string

Fold each paper to create the paper bag-like fold in the sides. Tape the seam into place. Make 8 of these.
Punch a hole in the bottom of each one and cut the tops into a petal shape.
Tape them all together placing a piece of tape just above each hole.
Thread a string through all of them, then tie a knot. Not too tight though, so it can fan out later.
Leave a good length of string on the end so you can hang it up when your done.
Last, put tape on the top one and attach it to the back one. The middle ones will fan out nicely.
Hang it up and there you go! Feel free to ask any questions.


Annie Carie said…
ooo This could be very cool with wraping paper!

I tried it with brown luch bags and it didn't go so well, at Marths Stewart they didn't tell me where exactly to put the sticky tape, so your tutorial helps a lot!
Anonymous said…
This is a gorgeous post!! I am totally smitten! :) I will HAVE to remember them for my next decorating kick! :) Perhaps for a future tea party?
noodle and lou said…
I love this project Lorajean! you did such a great job! Wonder if I could seal them somehow and hang them all over my porch!!?? xox
I have shared this tutorial on my craft blog Whimsical Parasol. Thank you for sharing. I am going to give it a go with some christmas wrapping paper.
Aubree said…
Wow these are beautiful! I teach a small crafts class at a jr. high and we are definitely going to have to make these. The girls will just DIE!

Thanks for stopping by Yellow Blackbird so that I could find your blog!
I tried it using an old telephone directory but I couldn't manage to make one like you did.
Crafty said…
I love this and can see it in my bedroom. But how do you make a folding bag fold? Thanks for this.
That is super cute! Anyone who has book parties needs to jump on that idea for decor quick! I also love it for a library or office as you mentioned. Well done! I would love if you would stop by my HomeMade Monday blog party at to share!
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Anonymous said…
Can you elaborate where you fold the paper to get the "paper bag" effect? Thanks, it looks beautiful!
Anonymous said…
Would love to try this but don't quite understand how to bag fold. Could you explain it in more detail?
Unknown said…
What a fun project! I plan to pin it to our Wedding Inspiration pinboard. Check it out at

- Chante
Anonymous said…
Hi! I would also like to know how you fold the paper to get the "paper bag" effect. Can you please explain? Thank you so much!


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I tried it at home. It would really help if you could show more steps on the blog!
You seem to have done it with so much ease, I am a little flustered trying to get it right!
I'm sorry for the complaining!
I'm going to try this again tomorrow with newspaper.

himachalwire said…
Newspaper flowers are amazing. These help to prevent wastage and recycle the newspapers as well. It also helps to decorate our home and living place.

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