Reclaim: Paper Bags

The Reclaim series is all about turning discarded old things into beautiful new things. It’s about making treasure from trash, reducing our waste and saving a little money along the way. Each episode features an everyday object and a variety of inspiring ways that object can be reclaimed.

Today, we are talking about paper bags!

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Have you got any other clever ideas for recycling paper bags? If so, please share!

Katie x

PS You can find previous episodes of the reclaim series here.

PPS I can’t find the source for that first image so if anyone can help me out, I’d really appreciate it!

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Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.


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13 Responses to “Reclaim: Paper Bags”

  1. Lisa April 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    This is a great round-up of ideas – I especially like the menus! ^_^

  2. eliza April 24, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    i also love to use paper bags as recycled wrapping paper. seasonal bags from certain stores are really pretty without any help, or if it’s just a brand name on the outside, i’ll decorate the blank inside and wrap my presents that way!

    • Katie
      Katie April 26, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      That is such a good idea! I would love to recieve one of your beautifully wrapped gifts! So much more special (and better for the environment) than store-bought wrapping πŸ™‚

  3. cb April 24, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    what a great series! i love it. we rarely get paper bags but we use them all the time. these are great creative uses too πŸ™‚

  4. Kristina Gulino April 24, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    K, those menus are crazy cool!

    • Katie
      Katie April 26, 2012 at 12:03 am #

      Aren’t they fantastic?! So simple, yet so beautiful!

  5. Lillian April 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    i’ve started using brown paper to wrap around pot plants – i have lots of indoor plants, and rather than buy expensive pots for them, i just wrapped the plastic ones they came in in brown paper and string! its been a few months now, and the paper still looks like new, it’s held up really well!

    • Katie
      Katie April 26, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      That is such a cute, simple and inexpensive idea for prettying up daggy pots! I love it! πŸ™‚

  6. celest April 26, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    These are sweet.
    Here in the West of Canada we like to send folded over paper bags with a tealight in them out into the ocean as lanterns (yes… I know… it’s not terribly environmentally friendly) but it sure looks pretty in the dark with the little lights floating on the sea.

  7. robbie. April 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    i like the wreath!

  8. Hannah April 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Ahh! Such a cute idea, I love it!

  9. Jon January 5, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Wow Katie. Nice work. I never though something so simple could turn out so elegantly.


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