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Paper Bag Snowflakes

Here in Germany, you can purchase packs of paper bags called “Butterbrottüten”. Translated, these are “Butter Bread Bags”. These are used to pack sandwiches for school and work. Because these are so inexpensive, they are also used a lot for crafting. This pretty snowflake idea is popular in this country. With just 7 or a maximum of 8 of these bags, you can create a snowflake within 10 minutes. When hanging from the ceiling or from a curtain rod, these look so light and dainty.

The amount of bags depends on how intricate you cut your design. For a design with larger holes or longer points, only 7 bags is recommended, or the snowflake will sag through at the bottom when it is hanging. Otherwise a design with smaller holes could work also well with 8 bags. You can experiment what works better for your design. When in doubt about your design, only use 7 bags.



Winter Craft - Paper Bag Snowflakes

For this project you will need:

- a pencil
- a ruler
- white string and tape for hanging
- 7 very thin paper bags, scissors and stick glue
Paper Bag Snowflake Tutorial 1


Paper Bag Snowflake Tutorial 2
1. First of all, place all of the paper bags in the same direction with the opening at the top. Draw a stick glue line down the middle of the first bag and also across the bottom and place the next bag onto it. Draw a stick glue line again down the middle of the bag and across the bottom.

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2. Continue in the same manner until first 7 layers of bags are glued together.

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3. Then mark a dot at the top center of the top bag.

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4. Also mark two dots on each bag side at the same height. The further down you place the dots, the steeper the point angle will be.

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5. Draw and connect the top dot with each of the two side dots.

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6. Cut these corners away so that your bag now looks like this.

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7. On both sides of the bags, cut random shapes through all of the layers.

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8. Then gently pull the bag open until you have the snowflake shape. Glue the first end to the last end by starting at the bottom (center) of the snowflake and pressing the sides together until you reach the top of the snowflake point. Once dry, place a piece of tape at one of the points. This will reinforce the point so it does not tear when the snowflake is hanging. Then poke a small hole through the tape with a needle and pull a piece of string through for hanging.


Paper Bag Snowflake Craft

Paper Bag Snowflake 1

Paper Bag Snowflake 2

Paper Bag Snowflakes
Each snowflake is unique and delicate.

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