Keeping yourself and the family entertained during lockdown can be a challenge, and the longer it goes on the more you are going to run out of things to do. If you are fed up of Netflix and have gone for more walks than you care to imagine, it may be time to try a different approach.

The humble paper bag is not only a great product for the environment, but it can also be a versatile arts and crafts material if you know what you are doing. In today’s article, we break down the different ways you can keep yourself entertained with a paper bag whilst stuck inside.

  • Turn your paper bag into an arts and crafts mask

Arts and crafts is always fun, and masks are a great way to have fun with the whole family. Simply find a sturdy paper bag, add eye and mouth holes and you are away. We recommend using a paper bag that can be easily customised with pens for an added splash of colour. Any ribbon handles on the paper bags can also be repurposed for different facial features.

  • Turn old paper bags into fun puppets for an interesting show

Another way that you can make use of any old paper bags you have lying around is through creating puppets with them. Whilst you may not be able to create intricate designs like those seen in a Punch and Judy show, the paper can be used to create all manner of puppets. We recommend fining a colourful paper bag to make the most interesting puppet possible.

  • Create some beautiful origami with your old paper bags

When many delve into the world of origami, they often reach for the fresh pieces of A4; but using old paper bags you have around for origami could provide an interesting challenge that will make the time go quicker in quarantine. The different styles and materials used on different paper bags mean you have more opportunities to get creative.

  • Create some leaf lanterns with paper bags and wax paper

Leaf lanterns could be a great way to use up some old paper bags whilst bring some more nature into your home. Simply take some sturdy wax paper and wrap some paper around the outside. Cut a hole through the paper section and attach the leaf to the wax paper. Insert any kind of lightbulb you have, and you will have made a fantastic piece of art.

  • Make your own DIY paper bag American football

Making a paper football may not be the first on your list of priorities. However, if you decide to make one it could be a great way to shift some old paper bags. Simply get the paper bags and scrunch then up into a ball, attaching with Sellotape. Once you have this wrap another paper bag around it as the skin. Finish off with some white A4 paper for the finishing touch.

You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to paper bags

Paper bags are an environmentally friendly product precisely because they are so reusable. These are only 5 of the different uses you can make for old paper bags. Try and get as creative as you can, and if you buy good quality paper bags whatever arts and crafts item you create should stand the test of time.

Zoe Kickhefer