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Use this template and tutorial to make a simple brown paper bag leaves garland from paper grocery bags, perfect for your fall decorating.

brown paper bags upcycled into a fall leaves garland

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to turn humble brown paper bags into a charming and rustic garland that will bring warmth and character to any space.

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Adding a touch of nature to your home decor doesn’t always have to involve expensive materials. In fact, you can create a stunning and eco-friendly paper leaves garland using nothing more than brown paper grocery bags and some floral wire.

This simple DIY paper bag leaves garland is not only budget-friendly but also a great way to repurpose materials that might otherwise end up in the recycling bin.

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Paper Bag Leaves Garland

Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:

brown paper bags upcycled into a fall leaves garland

Brown Paper Bag Leaves Garland

Yield: 1 garland
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: easy

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to turn humble brown paper bags into a charming and rustic garland that will bring warmth and character to any space.

Materials

  • Brown paper grocery bags, I used the non-printed sections of 2 Target bags for this craft
  • Gold floral wire
  • Floral wire with brown paper covering
  • Small bowl of water
  • Paper towels
  • Leaf template to trace

Tools

Instructions

    1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this project.
    2. Flatten and Cut the Bags: Flatten the brown paper bags and cut them open along the seams, so you have large, flat sheets of brown paper. If your bags have any printing or logos, cut those sections away to ensure a uniform color for your leaves.
    3. Draw and Cut Out Leaf Shapes: Use a pencil to color over the back of your leaf template. Lay the template over your paper bag piece, and trace over the template. This will transfer the pencil from the back of the template onto the brown paper bag. Repeat until you have as many leaves as you desire. color over the back of the leaves template with pencil
    4. Cut out Leaves: Use craft scissors to cut out your traced leaves.
    5. Add Texture: Dip each leaf into a small owl of water. Let sit for a minute or two. Then crinkle up the leaf and wrong out any excess water. Pay the leaves flat on paper towels. Let dry completely.
    6. Poke Holes for Stringing: Stack 3 leaves (1 medium, 1 large, and then 1 small) and fan them out a bit. Use a pin to poke a few holes close together, just large enough to string two pieces of floral wire through. This is where you'll thread the leaves to create the garland. poke a pin through the leaves
    7. String the Leaves: Cut a 2-foot length of each type of floral wire. Thread the two wires through the punched holes in the leaves. Fold the end 2 inches of wire over itself, and twist to secure. string up three leaves on floral wire and twist to secure
    8. Create a Garland: Repeat steps 6 and 7, until you have about 10 leaf bunches. Layer the bunches at varying intervals, and twist their wire stems together to form a garland. Twist the garland stem into a coil, if desired.
    9. Hang and Enjoy: Find the perfect spot to display your handmade paper leaves garland. Whether it's across a mantel, along a staircase, or adorning a wall, your rustic creation will bring a touch of nature indoors.




The Finished Brown Paper Bag Leaves Garland

fall paper leaves garland made from brown paper bags

Creating a paper leaves garland from brown paper grocery bags is not only a delightful and budget-friendly DIY project but also a wonderful way to embrace sustainability in your home decor.

This charming garland adds a rustic touch to any space and serves as a reminder that beauty can be found in the simplest of materials. So, gather your supplies, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the process of transforming ordinary paper into a stunning and eco-friendly display of natural elegance.

More Fall Upcycle Crafts

This craft was part of a round-up video of New Fall Upcycle Crafts for 2023. You can watch it on YouTube:


A note from Aimee: This blog post first appeared on The Crazy Craft Lady in October 2014. It has since been updated to bring you the best, most current creative content. Below, you will find the original craft and blog post.

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

Happy Fall Y’all!  I know, I know… Christmas decorations are out in full force in the stores, but I started this garland like two weeks ago.  So, I’m going to share it!  I picked out five scrapbook cardstock paper colors: red, purple, green, olive, and orange. I like the addition of the bright green and purple to really make the colors in my garland pop. 

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

I made a template with four leaves and an acorn (click here to download the Template) to trace and cut out.  I used the age old transfer method of scribbling pencil on the back of the template and then tracing the front of the outline to transfer the pencil lead to the cardstock paper.

Then it was a matter of cutting everything out (and letting the twins play with the scraps, which they were oddly fascinated with).  I used a mini hole-punch and some thin twine to string everything together – with a simple square knot between each paper leaf.  And that’s it!

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

I know, I know.  How on earth did this take me two weeks?  I’m clearly distracted easily.  But I am happy to report that my fall garland will be hanging over my desk from now through the day after Thanksgiving, when it will be promptly replaced with something Christmas-ey.

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

Paper Fall Leaves Garland from Cardstock and Twine - with free printable template from www.thecrazycraftlady.com

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