1. If you still have books that you use at school, you can cover your textbooks with brown paper bags. Then think of the cover as a blank canvas that you can decorate any way that you like.
2. If you have a specialty die cutting machine, you are in luck because you can glue the pieces of paper bag together and then die cut them out to make: ornaments, shapes, charms, small signs, tags. The possibilities are really endless if you have one of these machines.
3. Do you remember when you used to make paper beads when you were in Campfire girls and boys clubs? Now, with all sorts of different ways people make small altered art pieces some of them have used brown paper bags for the base material to make their altered art beads. It already has that grungy art feel to it. All you need to do is add embossing powders to dress it up and some small stamps and there you go! Upcycling paper beads with a new twist! Easy!
4. Brown paper bags are wonderful work surfaces to work on around your craft area. They are great places to have things dry on and keep out of the way so you are able to work on another project in the mean time.
5. If you love Altered Art as much as I do then this tip might be working perfectly for your new deigns. I love making altered art mini houses for my own pleasure. This is an area that I love to collect little bits of my daily life and images that move my soul. I also make them to keep track of my article writings that I do during the week. With these mini houses there are no rules on how they are suppose to look they are just for my own drawings, thoughts, quotes and sayings. I have made many of these by using binder rings that I get at my stationary store and punching holes into the side of the house. Once I have as many as I want, it becomes a book.
6. Since paper bags are so sturdy, they are a perfect thing to use for making a wrinkled paper look that you highlight with your alcohol ink pad to bring out the wrinkles to give the look of texture. To do this take a large piece of wet brown paper bag and wad it up into a ball. Keep it into a tight ball until it dries. Once it dried unfold the wadded ball and iron it semi flat. If you want to highlight the creases before you iron out the piece of paper take your alcohol ink pad and lighting rub over the high points of the paper to color the edges. Once the paper is dry iron the piece of paper flat.