Paper Bag Carrots DIY

by Michelle
2 Materials
20 Minutes

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

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.

Step 1: Cut the bottom off of a brown paper lunch bag, then cut the seam in the back so that the bag is cut in half.

Step 2: Fold the bag in half.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

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

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.

Step 5: 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!

Step 6: 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.

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

Step 7: 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.

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.

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.

Or resting inside a tobacco basket!

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  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Mar 04, 2021

    Holy Wow these look so real!

    • Michelle Michelle on Mar 06, 2021

      Thank you so much! They're a lot of fun to make, too.

  • Cathy Cathy on Mar 01, 2022

    Going to do this with my students with some modification of the top for them. Great idea.

    • Michelle Michelle on Mar 02, 2022

      Thank you! I'm sure your students will have so much fun making these!