While cleaning out our kitchen the other day, I stumbled across a full package of brown paper lunch bags. We do not use them for lunches anymore… but oh! the crafting possibilities. When you have about 50 paper bags and a lazy weekend, what else is there to do but make a bunch of fall crafts.
Crumple up a piece or two of newspaper and stuff it into a paper bag. Squeeze and form an ear of corn out of about two-thirds of the bag. Twist and use a rubber band or a piece of string to tie the end of your formed corn.
Cut the loose end of your bag towards the corn cob. Cut it a few times to form the husks.
Use a paint brush to dot on corn kernels in the colors of your choosing. Indian corn comes in such a wide variety of colors, so any colors will do.
Paint your husk in greens or browns or leave natural.
These would make a great fall garland or in lieu of stuffing them with newspaper, you can also fill them with treats and use them as a treat bags.
Stuff half of a bag with newspaper and press and form until rounded. Twist at the end of your rounded shape and tie it off. Paint the stuffed portion in different shades of greens and let it dry. Paint a toilet paper roll brown and let it dry. Draw lines around the painted roll in Sharpie to give it the look of bark. Cut small circles out of red construction paper and glue on the pieces once the paint dries. Twist the excess portion of the paper bag into a ball and cover with glue and press into the toilet paper tube. You may have to work it around a bit to evenly distribute the weight so that it is steady.
Open a paper bag and roll the top of the bag down in two folds. Flatten the bag again and cut out a nose shape and glue it to the center of the bag under the fold. Draw on a mouth with a black Sharpie. Stuff the bag with newspaper.
Cut strands of yellow yarn for the hair. Keep the strands even and then fold in half. Tuck the bend of the yarn into the front fold at the top of the bag. Loosely tie off the bag around the folded yarn at the top of the bag under the fold. Cut a rounded top out of a piece of construction paper for the top of the scarecrow hat. Paint the front and back folded portion in the same color as the hat and let it dry. Tuck the top of the hat into the bag’s folded opening and staple it in place. Glue on large googly eyes and form a flower or a patch to decorate your hat.
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