Paper Bag Leaf Banner

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Paper Bag Leaf Banner
Total Time 30 minutes or less

My daughter recently discovered leaf rubbings, and within a day our kitchen table was plastered with sheets of paper covered in leaf outlines.

I wondered if there was a better way to display these, and when I was pulling out some brown lunch bags to pack lunches, I realized they'd be perfect for making a banner. I love paper lunch bags because they are so cheap - usually a penny per bag - and the brown paper has such a fun, rustic look.

We made this banner in about 20 minutes, and my daughter loved helping (and when we hung it up, she insisted on taking dozens of pictures of it. I'll spare you the 50 identical photos of it that are currently occupying my hard drive). 


How to make it

  1. Cut bag

    With the bag flat (the way they come in the package) trim off the bottom, leaving a rectangle. 

  2. Trim

    Make two cuts in the bottom of the bag (see photo). 

  3. Cut

    Open the bag and cut along the sides so you have two identical pieces from each bag. (I didn't trim the excess paper off - just left it folded behind to add a little weight to the sides, but you can trim it all off if you prefer). 

  4. Rub

    Place one piece of paper on top of a leaf, then use an unwrapped crayon to rub over the entire surface of the bag, making an imprint of the leaf. Repeat with remaining bags, alternating colors if desired. 

  5. Tape

    Tape the backs of the bags to a long piece of twine or yarn to make a banner. 

  6. Hang

    Hang up above a fireplace or over a doorway, taping the ends to secure it in place. 


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