paper bag vases

paper bag vase

While other gals delighted in Pandora bracelets and Ugg boots, I remember being over-the-top thrilled when articles first began emerging validating the use of mixed metals in home decor. Although my wardrobe is completely devoid of bling, I have a fetish for metals. I think homes mixing touches of matte gold and pewter and copper are much more interesting than ones with a predictable, monochromatic display of hardware. 

Back to my metal fetish. When I first spotted some paper bags painted metallic silver, I found yet another way to introduce some industrial bling to my home. I grabbed some paper lunch sacks along with some copper and silver spray paints and went crazy. The result? These sweet little containers that can be used for a myriad of purposes – planters, vases, containers, and more.

supplies needed

step 1 – painting

For this project, I used lunch-sized paper bags. I simply unfolded them and spray painted the exterior with a metallic paint. I used both copper and silver paints.

paper bag vase

step 2 – cutting & folding

Once the paint dried, I trimmed about 2″ off the top of the bags.

paper bag vase

Next, I inserted a second, unpainted bag into the painted one. I then folded the top of the inserted bag down over the sides of the painted one. It’s okay to scrunch your bag up a little, as a few small “dents” give the vase character.

paper bag vase

paper bag vase

step 3 – add flowers

This step is optional, of course, as you can use these little bags for a variety of purposes. I always look for an excuse to bring fresh flowers into my home, so I filled three glasses with water & flowers then placed them inside the bags. I just love these little guys!

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Comments · 10

  1. This takes care of a dilemma I’ve had for a while. I tend to use the same vases over and again because I don’t want to buy too many and I don’t have room for them. Thank you for the idea and thanks for sharing it at Celebrate Your Story. I hope your week is going well.

  2. I had no idea the vases were paper bags…amazing, very creative! Fresh flowers are wonderful to have. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  3. Very good idea and they turned out great! Now I know what to do when I need a vase! Thank you for sharing with us on Party in Your PJ’s. Pinned and shared. I’m anxious to see what you have been up to this week!

  4. Hi Wendy, Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring you and your paper bag vases on this week’s Party in Your PJ’s! Thank you for linking up!

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