How to Make A Paper Bag Vest

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Most people can remember making a paper bag vest at some point in their life. It was probably in elementary school, right around Thanksgiving. Still a staple of the childhood experience, this creative project is only limited by one's imagination. It can be a made to represent an Old West sheriff, an American Indian warrior, a 70’s hippie, a piece of flair from one of those family restaurants or just about anything else you can think of. Share the experience with a child and carry on the tradition with the next generation.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Brown paper bag - standard grocery size
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers or paint
  • Cover the table with the plastic tablecloth to protect it from glue and paint. Lay out all the decorating supplies.

  • Cut the bag down the front for the opening of the vest.

  • Cut a circle in the bottom about twice the circumference of the child's neck.

  • Cut a hole large enough for an arm to go through on each side of the bag, about 3 inches from the bottom where the neck hole is.

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

  • Let the vest to dry completely before allowing the child wear it. This should not take more than a few hours, depending on how much glue and paint are used.

Tips & Warnings

  • The vest can be made to look more stylish by using the scissors to shape the opening with rounded edges.
  • Be careful not to use too much paint or glue. This can cause weak spots in the paper bag, making it less sturdy.

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