How to Make Brown Paper Flowers

I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you guys today! Below you will find the step by step instructions on how to make these super famous brown paper flowers! 


What you will need to make Brown Paper Flowers

  • 1 pair of scissor
  • 6-8 brown paper bags
  • 1 glue stick
  • leaf template if needed…….
Part One

1. With bottom flap towards you cut off the bottom of the bag right above the fold. Save the bottom parts! I might be using them in another craft and well,so might you!

2. Free hand a leaf shape or use a template leaf shape on the brown bag and cut. Make the leaf shape as wide as you can.

3. Leave one end flat and the other pointed.

*As you cut the leaves, smaller parts will start to fall out. Save these and collect them for the second part of the flower.

Part Two

 4. Slightly fold the larger leave in half and glue flat end leafs together in a flower shape. Repeat until you have a full flower. I stop at about 8 leaves for the large flower.

5. Now get those smaller leaf parts and do the same thing you did in step four.

*TIP as your gluing the leaves down don’t flatten them. Keep them slightly elevated and keep overlapping them. Also make sure you are bending them in half to get a 3D affect.


Now you should have two flowers one small and one large. Glue the smaller one on top of the bigger one.

Put it all together and what do you get?


Simple details can make the biggest difference! Wasn’t that so easy! Now go make hundreds of them!!

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  1. I love them! You, my dear, have convinced me to make a few…. As if convincing me to add to my ever growing list of things to do is difficult! HA!

    Awesome idea.

  2. Oh my! These are fabulous! I just love how easy they are! Thanks for sharing them! 🙂

    P.S. I loved that you stopped by my blog! Please come again soon!

  3. So many crafts are just too cutesy for me, but this is just gorgeous. I love the artistic, yet rustic look of these. Beautifully done! I think I see some of these in my future. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Destiny! These are wonderful! I love them. I really want to make some for myself. I love your blog too, super cute:) I stopped by from Centsational Girl’s Fall Craft link party. So glad I did:) I’m your newest follower. I hope you’ll stop by The Corson Cottage sometime and consider following:) Carrie

  5. Alright woman. These are cute! But you already know that. Ahem. I’d like to see your next blog post be about how you do ALL that you do with 3 young children! ‘Cause I don’t do 1/2 what you do & I can’t get it all done! I need some help! 🙂

  6. Um, wow…I just found this tutorial via Pinterest and I LOVE it!!! I am seeing these on my Christmas tree this year!! LOVE your home, too!! Can’t wait to see more of your mantle{my preferred spelling ;)…}

  7. I thought I was looking at Pottery Barn! YOU created an amazing mantel!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful idea!!
    Share more pics!! I would LOVE to SEE MORE please.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this! I paid a dollar for a bag of brown lunch sacks and now I have beautiful flowers on my wall. This was very easy, fast and very cute outcome! Thanks again 🙂

  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you, I teach a class of handicapped adults and this was a favorite! The bags were just thick enough for them to cut easily and since this week we are having an art gala these were perfect fill ins for the decorations! And I enjoyed your playlist also! I left feeling blessed. Thank you again!

  10. We have manna night at church…It is a out reach program right in our small town. This would be wonderful for those underadvantage kids….Also my grandsons would love to help! Get them started young!

  11. I was just thinking about ideas for decorating my boutique flower for the holidays. I’m using red, white, black and gold. these flowers will be a dramatic addition to a hutch that needs something over the top. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  12. I love these! I am actually going to go on the hunt for red and white paper bags because I think they would make gorgeous holiday decorations. My tree is filled with red and white pointsettia’s so this flowers would tie my tree in with the rest of the decor!

  13. Can you tell me about your mantle, did you do it yourself, if so what kind of wood did you use? I love this picture I have looked at it everyday for the last week. I think I am going to make some of those flowers out of maps!

  14. I must be the dumbest novice in the world because I simply can’t grasp the whole cutting of
    The brown bag thing;-( Where do u cut it and how are there smaller pieces after?? I guess I don’t even grasp how to lay it out in front of me;( HELP!!!!

  15. Saw you on Nate a few minutes ago and have bookmarked your blog. Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas. You looked and were amazing today on Nate 🙂

  16. I just saw you on the Nate Burkus Show – Great job – I am going to give these a try – you will have the whole country growing paper bag flowers in there home! Thanks

  17. i was thinking about the crafts to use the scraps on, and thought I’d share with you. I made pink paper bag flowers and the bottom would be a beautiful lining to a cellophane bag for gifts or treats. 🙂 I love this idea by the way.

  18. I love the idea, but the tutorial is very vague. Could you be a little more specific about where to cut on the bag, and how the petals should turn out?

  19. I saw you on Nate Berkus and decided to try this craft out myself. I decided they needed a center. I had some squares from scrap booking, but I think large colorful buttons would look amazing too! Thank you for this idea. You will be on my “must read” list from now on for sure!

  20. I saw you on Nate Berkus and decided to try this craft out myself. I decided they needed a center. I had some squares from scrap booking, but I think large colorful buttons would look amazing too! Thank you for this idea. You will be on my “must read” list from now on for sure!

  21. was just about to shell out serious $$ for a wreath for the front but came across this lovely flower craft and will be making my own wreath!
    Thanks and blessings ♥

      1. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I have been wanting to make these for so long. I finally had time today and I love them!! Thanks again.

  22. I fell in love with these so much I hunted up my lunch bags and made a bunch! lovely- thanks for this simple yet rustic idea! I am a flower lover! love your ideas-

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