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Paper Bag Carrots DIY

Turn paper lunch bags into cute paper bag carrots with this easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorial!

paper bag carrots

I’m so excited that Spring is just right around the corner!

I don’t know about you, but those long dreary winter months can make it hard to get motivated.

I’m looking forward to more colorful, warmer, and longer days.

seasonal challenge blog hop

This month I’m excited to join some great DIY bloggers for a fun seasonal inspirational blog hop. It’s my first time joining in with this challenge, so I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing Spring inspirational ideas!

This fun seasonal challenge is hosted by Cindy who blogs over at Cloches & Lavender and Terrie, who blogs over at Decorate & More With Tip. Both of them do some really amazing DIYs so I hope you’ll go check them out!

For the challenge, I decided to make some easy and adorable paper bag carrots. Only a few items are needed to make these paper bag carrots. And they look so cute when they’re finished!

They would be so cute decorated with the rustic bunny I made last year.

If you’re joining me from Liberty’s blog at B4 and Afters, then welcome! I’m so glad you’re here today!

Paper Bag Carrots

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What you need:

  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Jute twine or yarn
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cinnamon (optional)

What you do:

Step 1

First, cut the bottom off of the brown paper bag. Hold the bag up and unfold the bottom part. Then cut along the crease where it was folded. Save the bottom piece because you’ll use it later.

Next, find the line on the back of the bag where it was sealed together. Use scissors to cut along the line. Lay the bag out flat.

Fold the paper bag in half.

step 1 - lay the bag flat
Step 2 - fold the bag in half

Step 2

Start rolling up the bag from the bottom into a cone-shape. Keep the bottom part somewhat tight and allow the top to remain a little more open.

After you get a cone shape, add a little dab of glue to hold the paper bag together.

Roll the bag into a cone shape

Step 3

While the glue is drying, mix up the paint.

I used Apple Barrel paint in the color Harvest Orange.

Pour the paint into a cup, add a little bit of water, and mix well.

mix paint with water

Step 4

Use the paint mixture to paint the paper bag carrots. Lay them aside and let them dry.

paint the paper bag carrots

For my second carrot, I mixed a little bit of cinnamon into the paint. I’m not sure exactly how much I used, but it was enough to make the paint thick.

add cinnamon to the paint

Then, I used the paintbrush to dab the paint onto the bag instead of brushing it on. It made it look somewhat “chunky” and gave it that primitive look. Plus it smelled really good!

dab the cinnamon paint onto the paper bag carrots

Step 5

While the paper bag carrots are drying, it’s time to make the “stems”.

Cut about 6 – 8 pieces of jute twine into 14-inch long strips. Holding all the strips together, fold them in half.

Use a smaller piece of jute to tie the strips together at the bottom.

tie the twine strips together

Step 6

After the paper bag carrots are completely dry, fold the top edges of the bag down inside the cone.

fold the bag edges down

Put a good amount of glue around the bottom part of the twine that is tied. Then stuff it down into the top of the cone.

Squeeze the top of the cone onto the twine to make sure the glue gets on the insides of the bag.

add the "stems" to the carrot

Step 7

Now lay the paper bag carrots side by side and cut a piece of jute twine long enough to tie around them and make a bow.

Remember the bottom part of the paper bag you cut off in step one? Grab that, and cut out a small square. Use a marker to make a “price tag” for your carrots.

Glue the “price tag” to the bow tied around the carrots.

add "price tag" to carrots

That’s it!

Now you can decorate for Spring with your DIY paper bag carrots!

They look cute in the back of my old red truck.

paper bag carrots

Or resting inside a tobacco basket!

tobacco basket

Now let’s see go see what Tammy’s Spring inspiration is over at Patina and Paint.

Then come back here to see some more great spring inspiration!


And don’t forget to pin my paper bag carrots for later!

pin it for later
paper bag carrots

Thank you for sharing!