Much like hot chocolate bombs, brown bag snowflakes became an Instagram trend over the last few months.
The first time I saw the brown bag snowflakes I didn’t think there was any way it would actually work. So I had to try making them.
Luckily I already had everything I needed to make the snowflakes so the kids and I tried it out.
Everyone I saw that made the snowflakes used hot glue or liquid school glue. Oh yeah, and they were all adults.
I wanted to let my kids help make these snowflakes as much as possible so we tried using school glue since they are a little young to be using a glue gun.
Let’s just say that liquid glue is a pain to use when doing this craft with kids. We ended up with bags sliding since the glue doesn’t dry quickly and parts of the bags glued together that shouldn’t be.
We eventually figured out that a glue stick is definitely the way to go when making this snowflakes with kids.
How to Make a Brown Paper Bag Snowflake
To start I gave each kid a glue stick and a stack of brown bags.
Then I had them place one bag down on the table with the flap side of the bag on the table. I also made sure that the open end of the bag was at the bottom.
Then they used their glue stick to make a line across the top of the bag (the folded end of the bag not the end that opens) and down the middle of the bag.
Then they took a second bag and placed it on top of the glue, positioned the same way as the previous bag.
Repeats this over and over until you have 7-8 bags stuck together.
Make sure that the bags are stuck together really well, then get some scissors.
Using your scissors cut the bags like you would a paper snowflake. Start with trimming the end of the bag. You can make it into a point, or rounded.
Then cut small shapes, triangles are most common along both of the long sides of the bags.
Cutting through that many layers of paper bags can be hard and might be to much for kids. I ended up doing the cutting for both of my kids.
If you want the kids to do the cutting once you have 3-4 pages glued together have them do the cutting. Then add 3-4 more bags and finish cutting the rest of the bags to the same shape, using what you already cut as a template.
I don’t recommend cutting into the flap part of the bags, just cut between the open end of the bags and that line where the flap is.
Once you have cut as many shapes as you would like into the bags, grab the top and bottom layer of your stack of brown bags and pull it open.
The bags should all stay glued together and open accordion-like into a circle.
Opening the brown paper bag snowflakes the first time is so cool. It’s really amazing to see how it works.
Now that you have seen what your design looks like add a line of glue to the bag on top or bottom then open the snowflake and glue those sides together so the snowflake stays open.
I put my hands inside the bags and pressed the bags tightly together to make sure they were glued securely.
Now it’s time to add a ribbon, string or twine so you can hang the paper bag snowflakes.
I found the easiest way to attach the string was to fold down one of the points of the snowflake and make a little cut with some scissors then fold the point back up.
Now you have a hole in the top point of the snowflake to easily feed the string through.
Tie the two ends of the string together to make a big loop and you’re ready to hang your snowflakes.
I hope you had fun making these kid-friendly brown paper bag snowflakes and that you love your fun winter decorations.
*These snowflakes would make an awesome photo backdrop or decorations for a party.
- Brown Paper Bag
- Glue Stick
- String, Twine or Ribbon
- Place a brown paper bag flat on the table with the flap at the top touching the table.
- Draw a T with glue, across the top (the flap end of the bag) and down the middle to the open end of the bag.
- Press another bag on top of the glue.
- Repeat until you have 7 or 8 bags glued together.
- Cut the open ends of the bag into a point, rounded, or a design.
- Cut down each side of the stack of bags.
- grab the top and bottom of your stack of bags and open the stack like an accordion.
- Glue the two ends together to form the snowflake.
- Fold-down the top point of a snowflake and make a small cut, then feed the string, ribbon, or twine through the whole.
- Tie the ends of the string together and hang the snowflake.
To make smaller snowflakes simply trim down the bag.
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