17+ Paper Bag Hacks We Love

Diply 11 Oct 2018

A paper bag may not seem very useful for anything other than carrying groceries or lunches, but the truth is, they're extremely versatile. To see what I mean, check out the collection of paper bag hacks I've put together below. Some of them may surprise you!

1. There's nothing worse than reaching into a cupboard thinking you have fresh onions stored in there, only to pull out a rotten, moldy lump.

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To avoid this fiasco in the future, create a bunch of holes in a paper bag using a hole punch, and place your onions in it. Store the bags in a dark place and the items in them should last for months.

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2. If you're planning on hosting a fancy dinner for friends or family in the coming weeks, make each place setting extra special with the help of a paper bag.

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Write your menu on the front of the bag with a black marker and stuff a small baguette inside for each guest to enjoy.

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3. According to King Arthur Flour, the best way to bake an apple pie is inside a paper bag. 

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Not only does the bag create a pie that's golden brown and filled with tender apples, it also keeps all of the mess inside and off of the bottom of your oven.

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4. Another meal you can bake inside a paper bag is turkey!

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Putting your turkey in a paper bag before placing it in the oven will ensure a golden brown exterior and a juicy interior. It'll also save you from having to baste the bird while it cooks.

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5. I find bananas always seem to ripen too quickly in our household, but if you happen to have the opposite problem and need a ripe banana in a hurry, try this hack.

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Place the banana inside a paper bag along with another piece of fruit, like an apple or tomato. Close the bag and check in on the banana every few hours. Once the banana has ripened the way you want, remove it from the bag.

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6. Earn extra cash at a raffle table or yard sale by putting together grab bags.

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Simply pick up some paper bags and small trinkets from the dollar store, and put them together to add an extra bit of excitement to your event.

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7. Another great use for paper bags is as book covers.

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Instead of buying expensive ones from a store, why not use something you probably already have in your home, right?

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Head over to RubberStamps.com and check out their easy-to-follow tutorial for paper bag book covers.

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Once you get the hang of it, you'll want to make one for every textbook you own!

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8. A paper bag that's been stuffed with other paper bags looks a lot like a wasp nest, don't you think?

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Because of the resemblance, you can place one in your yard wherever wasps like to congregate. They'll think it's an enemy nest and stay away from it.

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9. A fun way to craft with paper bags is by turning them into sack planters.

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These things can hold a variety of items, including succulents and crafting materials. Head over to Fall For DIY for all the crafty details.

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10. I think it's safe to say that most of us made at least one paper bag hand puppet growing up, so why not do the same with your kids?

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All you need are some paper bags, markers, and your choice of crafting accessories.

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Darcy And Brian put together a fun tutorial demonstrating how easy it is to turn a boring paper bag into a majestic unicorn puppet. 

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I think an idea like this would be perfect for a weekend spent indoors.

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11. For those who are up for the challenge, you can actually use ripped up paper bags to create an amazing effect on your floors.

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Ashley of Domestic Imperfection gave this technique a try, and the results didn't disappoint.

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Doesn't it look so cool?! 

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Of course, it took a lot of time and patience to reach this point, but as long as you're OK with that, you can have floors like this in your home, too.

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12. If you accidentally get wax on your favorite tablecloth, don't worry, it isn't ruined.

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To remove the wax, place the tablecloth in a freezer and take it out once the wax has frozen. Next, use a dull knife to scrap off the wax and then place a paper bag on each side of the tablecloth.

Grab an iron, turn off the steam, and set the dial to warm. Run the iron over the bag. Doing so will melt the remaining wax, which will then be absorbed by the paper.

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13. Just like the onion hack from earlier, mushrooms can also be stored inside paper bags to prolong their freshness.

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The best place to store them is the produce drawer of your refrigerator. The paper bag will absorb any moisture the mushrooms create without drying them out.

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14. Having greenery in your home is one of the easiest ways to add a pop of color and life to it.

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And did you know you can make a beautiful planter for said greenery using nothing more than paper bags, skewers, and glue?

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Enthralling Gumption figured out the coolest way of rolling paper bag pieces and weaving them to form a sturdy, chic hanging planter.

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Pretty cool, right? If you were looking for something to do this weekend, consider giving this idea a try.

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15. Paper bags can really come in handy if you don't have drop cloths on hand while painting a room.

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Simply tear them open and use painter's tape to secure the paper in place.

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16. This idea is very similar to the yard sale grab bags from earlier. 

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However, this clever mom made them for her kids before they went on a road trip. What a fun way to keep little ones entertained!

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17. Just because you're camping, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favorite meals while you're doing it.

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Make everyone in your campsite love you by lining the bottom portion of some paper bags with bacon, creating a boat-like shape with it. Then, crack an egg into each bacon "boat," close the bags, and place them on the grill over the campfire.

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18. Is there anything better than homemade popcorn?

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Other than the stuff you get at movie theaters, I can't think of a better snack to enjoy while watching a movie. To find out how to make homemade popcorn inside a paper bag, check out the instructions over on Serious Eats.

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19. Moving is expensive and stressful enough as it is.

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Rather than buying fancy packing supplies, get resourceful and use things like paper bags to get the job done just as well.

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20. The Gunny Sack came up with a great way to reuse paper bags from the grocery store: making envelopes!

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As long as you know your way around a sewing machine, this hack will be easy to pull off.

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