Easy Paper Bag Snowflakes

Easy paper bag snowflakes are so fun to make and they make quite a statement in your Christmas or winter decor. There are so many ways to make paper bag snowflakes using different styles of paper bags. Let’s learn how to make a few!

Easy Paper Bag Snowflakes

Easy DIY paper bag snowflakes are typically made with brown or white paper lunch bags but there are other options for bags that look even better. We’ll get to those in just a bit. You’ll love this stunning Christmas craft!

When choosing a design, you can cut very intricate designs, or keep them simple by cutting an easy paper bag snowflake pattern.

The intricate designs take much longer to cut, but the results are stunning.

So how do you make snowflakes out of paper bags? First, let’s see how many bags you need to make one and then will go over the step-by-step instructions for making paper bag snowflakes.

How Many Paper Bags Do You Need To Make A Paper Bag Snowflake?

You may be wondering “how many lunch bags does it take to make a snowflake”? If you’re making snowflakes with standard brown lunch bags or white paper lunch bags, I recommend 7 – 9 bags. I also have instructions for making snowflakes with bakery bags.

When using bakery bags (I love the 3 x 10) I recommend 25 bakery bags to make a large, beautiful paper bag snowflake. When using the 6 x 9 bakery bags, 14 work perfectly.

Bakery bags are thinner and they don’t have the gusset at the bottom as a lunch bag does. They make beautiful snowflakes so if you don’t mind investing a bit more, you’ll love them!

Easy Paper Bag Snowflakes Supplies

  • paper bags
  • glue, glue stick, or glue gun
  • sharp scissors
  • string or twine for hanging
  • a ruler (optional)

How To Make Paper Bag Snowflakes

You can usually cut a few bags at a time. I don’t recommend more than 5 at once. Here are the paper bag snowflakes step-by-step instructions:

how to make paper bag snowflakes step-by-step instructions
  1. Use your first bag to make a template and cut the top into a point. If you are using bakery bags, first cut the top off even. They have two edges that don’t line up at the top. Then cut diamonds into the sides. I wanted my bags even on both sides so I folded the first bag in half and used a ruler to make the point at the top and then cut the diamonds in the sides. Now you have your template.
  2. Use the template to cut the same design in all of the bags.
  3. Put glue done the center of a bag all the way to the bottom and along the bottom of the bag making sure to go all the way to both edges, lay another bag on top and press them together. Repeat until the bags are all glued into a stack. If you’re using a glue gun, you have to work quickly or the glue can dry before you get the next bag in place. You can also use a glue stick. If you use a glue stick, you may need to let the stack dry longer before assembling the snowflake.
  4. Cut a piece of twine or ribbon and make a loop and glue it to the top of the stack for hanging.
  5. Put glue all over the top of the top bag and then quickly, but gently pull the top of the stack and fan out the snowflake and glue it together. If you’re using a glue gun, it’s difficult to work quickly on this part, so just secure a couple of small spots towards the inner portion of the snowflake first. This will hold it together so you can add more glue and secure the rest. See the photo below.
  6. Check for any loose areas and add more glue where needed to make sure all bags are secure.
Showing where I secured the center with the glue gun.
Paper Bag Snowflake hanging in a window
paper bag snowflakes
Paper Bag Snowflakes Using 3 x 10 and 6 x 9 Bakery Bags

Other Christmas crafts you may enjoy:

DIY Yarn Gnomes, DIY Cone Christmas Trees, Burlap Christmas Trees

Happy crafting,

Denise

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