{DIY Project} Eco-Friendly Paper Bag Bouquet Flowers


These fabulous DIY paper bag flowers are a great eco-friendly bouquet alternative and one of the best ways I’ve seen to recycle your grocery paper bags. This eco-chic bouquet was creatively crafted by wedding planner Jesi Haack from Jesi Haack Weddings, using brown Trader Joe’s grocery bags. Jesi also added a few tissue paper flowers and a minimal number of fresh cut flowers to this beautiful bouquet as a final touch. I love shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and can’t wait to make some of these paper flowers from my grocery paper bags for an eco-friendly party centerpiece!

Here are the DIY step-by-step instructions by Jesi:

1. Start off with a grocery bag. (love TJ’s, but Whole Foods or Henry’s will suffice)


2. Draw a circle (the larger the circle, the leafier the flower) and slowly taper it in to the center like a spiral keeping the lines about 1/2 inch away from each other.



3. Take your scissors and begin cutting along the line you just drew, furthest away from the center.


4. Continue cutting, following on the drawn line until you reach the center of your spiral.




5. Snip off the end of your spiral at the point that it begins to turn back into the bag (does that make sense?)


6. Beginning at the end of the spiral, start to roll up the paper until you reach the center of your spiral.


7. When you are finished rolling it, it should look like a tightly rolled up piece of paper. I know, I’m brilliant with words.


8. Place the rolled up paper in the palm of your hand and let it fall loosely apart. You may have to gently “help” it by turning the center of the flower to open it up a bit more.


9. For the stem, I chose a green pipe cleaner, but you could use your imagination and come up with something different or funky depending on your project. Flip the flower upside down, and tape the pipe cleaner to the base of the flower.


10. And here is the finished product :)



11. Add a few tissue paper flowers and it becomes a unique bouquet!



12. And to step it up a notch, we added a few tulips and a hydrangea. DONE :)

{Photos provided by Jesi Haack Weddings Blog}

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  1. This is awesome Jesi! You are so stinkin talented.

  2. avatar Sara says:

    Good idea of paper flowers! very smart:)

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