How to Make a Native American Costume From a Paper Bag

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For scouts, for school or just for fun -- making paper-bag Native American costumes is a fall craft classic that requires minimal supplies and allows for maximum creativity. Mom and Dad can even get in on the fun, as these vests are nearly one-size-fits-all.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Clear packing tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Iron
  • Markers or paint
  • Open the paper bag so that one of the wider, flat sides faces you.

  • Cut a line up the center of the bag to the fold for the bottom.

  • Use your scissors to cut a hole in the bottom of the bag, leaving about 1 inch on each of the wider sides and about 3 inches on the shorter sides.

  • Measure down the sides of the bag to mark where your child’s arms will fit through the costume.

  • Cut armholes on each side.

  • Reinforce the neck and arm holes with clear packing tape. This will help prevent rips.

  • Mist the entire bag with water to thoroughly dampen it -- but not to soak it.

  • Crumple the bag into a tight ball.

  • Open the bag and then smooth it out lightly.

  • Iron the bag. Make sure your iron is on a low heat setting.

  • Decorate the bag with paint, markers or other embellishments.

  • Cut fringe strips along the bottom of the vest.

Tips & Warnings

  • Glue brown shoestrings to the front of the vest to tie it closed.

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  • Photo Credit Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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