This quick tutorial shows how to make a paper bag book for your kids for hours of creative fun!
Summer is the perfect time for kids to work on their writing skills. Whether they create a fictional story, a nature journal, or a travelogue, the lazy days of summer allow them the time to be creative. Since there are no grades the pressure is off and kids can write and create just for fun.
When my kids were young they enjoyed not just writing books, but also creating them from scratch. This allowed them to have fun with all of the roles of book creation: author, illustrator, publisher, and book binder.
This paper bag book tutorial is an easy and fun way for kids to bind their own books. You just need brown paper bags, twine, printer paper, and a few office supplies to quickly make up these paper bag books for kids.
How to Make a Paper Bag Book for Kids
- 4 brown paper lunch sacks
- Colorful twine
- White paper
- Double sided tape
- Hole puncher
- Measuring tape
1. Lie your paper bags on top of each other, all facing the same way, with the fold on the back.
2. Fold your bags in half together and use your hole punch to punch 3 holes.
3. Tie a piece of colored twine in each hole (I tied 3 different colors in each hole) and trim to about 1″ long.
4. Now cut 5 pieces of white paper 5″x 4 3/4″ and use your double sided tape to stick them onto the paper bag pages.
5. Now your kids can write their own story in these unique books.
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What an adorable idea !!!! I LOVE this idea for my nieces and nephews and yes I will even try this for ME !!!!
Vanessa Candle says
Thank you a lot for this wonderful article!
Stephanie, One Caring Mom says
I love this idea so much. I have a ridiculous amount of paper bags so this would be a great way to keep memories through my boys’ eyes.
Each summer our whole family gets together for one week at the lake! I always bring crafts for rainy days. This summer 2018, eachgrandchild made a paper bag book. We took pictures all during the week and printed them out on my sprocket printer. These are 2×3 size pictures. They could glue/stick the pictures on each page and then write about their adventure that day.
Alea Milham says
What a wonderful idea! It is a great way to keep kids busy while creating a vacation keepsake. Thanks for sharing it!
We have white lunch bags left over at school! Sounds like the perfect thing to make this week-thx
This is such a great idea! I plan to use it for my summer camp scrap booking class, grades K-5th. Thank you for sharing.
I love the use of twine. I’m sure this post has helped create some fun stories 🙂
Such a cute idea! My daughter is only 3.5 but loves to draw pictures. I’d love to see her put together a picture book like this that I could write her narration in!