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Halloween Craft: Paper Bag Trees

Paper Bag Trees

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

These gnarled, freestanding trees create a fitting backdrop for Halloween decorations, such as Salt Dough Ghosts or other tabletop ornaments. You can even turn the trees into goody bags by filling them with candy (in lieu of the pebble weights).


  • Medium-size brown grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Small beverage bottle
  • Pebbles or other weights


Paper Bag Trees - Step 1

1. Cut off and discard the bottom of a medium-size brown grocery bag. Then slit open one side so you have a rectangle. Place a small beverage bottle on the center of it.

Paper Bag Trees - Step 2

2. Gather the paper around the bottle and twist it around the neck. Snip down from the top to create several strips that will become limbs. Twist them to within 3 or 4 inches from the ends.

Paper Bag Trees - Step 3

3. Snip the untwisted ends, as you did in step 2, and then twist them into finer branches.

Paper Bag Trees - Step 4

4. Remove the bottle and fill the trunk with pebbles or other weights.

Paper Bag Trees - Step 5

5. Retwist the trunk shut.