Paper Bag ‘Snowflake Star’

With a few snips and folds, and a little imagination, you can turn humble paper bags into party-perfect decorations.

You can use gusseted bags of any size for these hanging stars; each star is made from six bags.

(This can also make a great flower by simply cutting the top of the bag more rounded instead of into a starry point).

Paper Bag ‘Snowflake Star’

Have a look in Pipii Christmas decorations to find doily star, wicker stars and honeycomb tissue paper snowflakes to compliment your handmade ones.


  • Fold the bottom of a bag in on itself. Cut above the lower fold, removing the bag's bottom. Trim the top into a pointed star shape. Do the same on another 6 bags.
  • Punch a hole a little less than 1cm from the bottom. Do the same with 5 more bags. Next put double-sided tape to the front edges of a bag of approx 5 cm lengths. (You may have to adjust this depending on the size of bag. We have used a 29cm long bag but reduced the length slightly by 3 cm when trimming the star point at the end).
    Peel off the adhesive cover of the tape and place another bag on top. Repeat to stack all of the bags this way and make sure the holes match up on top of each other. (Alternatively, do not punch the hole until all the bags are stacked if you have a hole punch strong enough to do this). Push a length of string through the holes in the stack and tie it loosely in a knot.
  • Pull the top and bottom bags around to form a star shape and join the end points with double-sided tape.
    Make sure that the string tied to the hole is placed along the centre of the 2 pieces of double sided sticky tape when you attach the top and bottom bags together so that the string which does become the hanging string is fed out and appears at the top of the star point.
  • Hang your completed paper bag star by string. Make lots more and look how fabulous they look together. A combination of stars and snowflakes makes a spectacular seasonal display.

Download Paper Bag ‘Snowflake Star’ craft idea in pdf format (60kb)

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