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Paper Bag Craft for Kids with a Brown Bag Flip Book

Learn how to make a simple paper bag craft for kids with a brown bag flip book. This easy homemade flip book is great for kids young and old!

Scrapbooking and journaling are usually some of the more creative activities for both older and younger kids. While it’s easy to buy a do-it yourself flip book kit, it’s usually difficult to find ones that are made of only a couple pages.

If you want to create a mini book for something that only needs a few pages, this DIY paper bag book is the perfect solution. Here is how you can make this cute paper bag craft for kids with a brown bag flip book.

P.S. Make sure to check out 20 other Flip Books Ideas before you leave. I’ve also got a full tutorial on how to make an easy animated flip book for kids. Creating flip books are a great craft for younger kids to encourage fine motor development. This fine motor skills checklist is super helpful too! Lastly, if you enjoyed this flip book idea, you might enjoy learning how to make a lapbook. What is a lapbook, anyway? You can check that out here.

how to make a flipbook

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What you will need:

brown bag flip book supplies

How to Make a Paper Bag Craft for Kids with a Brown Bag Flip Book

Step 1:

Take one of the paper bags and cut along the bottom where the base meets the side. Repeat this with all the paper bags.

brown bag for flip book
making brown bag flip book
making brown bag flip book for kids

Step 2:

Once you have cut all the paper bags to size, stack them on top of each other and make sure they are aligned. Then fold the stack of cut paper bags in half. 

homemade flip book for kids

You can also fold the cut paper bags in half individually, and them stack them on top of each other.

flip book from paper bag

Step 3 (optional):

At this stage you can cut the edges of the paper bags to be aligned perfectly with each other. Or you could them as they are since the rough edges have a unique charm of their own. 

Step 4:

With all the folded paper bags lined up, use the hole punch to make two to three holes near the middle of the crease. This will be used later to tie all the bags together.

making holes for flip book

Step 5:

This is arguably the best part of this DIY so time to get creative! There are no rules for this step but here are some of the things that can be done:

  • Cover the “pages” with pattered paper or doilies
  • Create different shaped cut outs from different papers and stick them to the pages
  • Add washi tapes and stickers for that extra unique touch
  • Stick photos using glue or washi tape
  • Write down your favorite quotes or song lyrics
inside of flip book for kids

Don’t forget to use the pockets! Fill them up will little mementos like cut up postcards, tickets, or even polaroids.

flip book for kids

There are so many ways to decorate this and none of them can be wrong! So, fill the pages up to your heart’s desire.

flip book craft for kids

Step 6:

Take any string, cord or any ribbon and tie and thread it through the holes punched in the previous step. Tie it securely in place so that the pages are all bound together and will not fall apart. 

brown bag flip book craft for kids

Now you have a wonderful little book that is made from a simple paper bag! You could even fill it with photos and memories of friends or family members and turn this into a thoughtful gift. Or it could have a theme like ‘spring’ and be filled with photos, stickers, and colors that all remind you of spring.

Whether you use it for a gift or just as a spontaneous scrapbooking project, it is sure to be something you will want to flip through over and over again.

kids homemade flip book

See more Paper crafts for kids below:

homemade flip book for kids with brown paper bag
Brown Paper Bag Flip Book for Kids

Happy Crafting!

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