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Fall Flower Vase Made in Minutes

Today I am bringing you a fall decorating idea that we all love…projects and ideas that are quick and easy to make in 10 minutes or less. 

The fall decorating idea is a paper bag vase for your fall flowers. Best part – it is free to make! No running to the craft store needed…only your kitchen or where you store brown paper grocery bags in your home.

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If you remember my fall home tour from last year, you may remember this photo. On the stool is my go-to way to hide the ugly plastic pots in which fall flowers come. I call it the “brown paper bag vase”.

Other uses for a brown paper bag

I hide the plastic pots every year in 10 minutes with a simple brown paper grocery bag.

How to make a vase using a paper bag

How to Make a Brown Paper Bag Flower Vase

supplies needed:

  • Brown paper grocery bag
  • Scissors
  1. Open up the bag and place so the bottom is sitting on the counter.
  2. Make a 2″ cut down from the top edge on each corner crease of the bag.
  3. Carefully begin to roll the edge down working the top of the bag into soft folds.
  4. Roll and fold to the height needed to cover the pot.

If your bag has a store logo on it, you can reverse the bag first (inside out), then start to roll the top edge into folds.  If the logo is high on the bag, it will be hidden once you fold.

Decorating uses brown paper bags

Fall Paper Bag Vase Variations: 

  • I like to leave the brown paper bag plain, but you can tie a colorful fall ribbon around the bag and cinch it for a slightly different look.
  • If your flower pot is small, you can bunch up plastic grocery bags inside the brown paper bag to act as a lift for group of small flower pots.

Mums in brown paper planter on hearth

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12 Comments

  1. So simple, yet so cute! Thanks for sharing this paper bag around the planter idea. I am really inspired to decorate for fall now.

  2. Sometimes the easiest way is to find something that are already around us such as this brown paper bag instead of getting another vase. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Some of the ideas are a really good suggestion. Thank you for sharing.
    “I like to leave the brown paper bag plain, but you can tie a colorful fall ribbon around the bag and cinch it for a slightly different look.” – I like that a lot. Would try something similar.

  4. Well, isn’t this clever! I use burlap but end up throwing it away since it get musty, going to use this idea next time! Pinned

  5. I use gift bags. I’ll put the bottom of potted flowers into a plastic bag (to catch drainage) and sometimes even do the tissue paper thing at the opening… The choices for gift bags are limitless – seasonal, colours, themes/decor (make mine nautical!) and sizes. If the perfect bag catches your eye but it’s a bit big, put a wood block, etc. at the bottom to raise the pot up.
    The anticipation of seeing your ‘hunt’ photos and your ultimate decision of where you’ll move to is so exciting, Diane… We’re empty-nesters and made the transition 7 years ago. Our house was newly built and we love it. If only we’d known who our neighbours would be – we likely wouldn’t have bought here…. Plus: no water view – just roofs. Blah :-/
    Best wishes for happy months ahead to you and Ed!
    Linda <]=/=/=[

  6. Drat… WordPress ate my last comment! Let’s try this again. What a brilliant, easy ,free idea! I love the bags rolled down look! Thanks for bringing your great ideas to this group!

  7. Years ago I had a friend who did the brown paper bag trick and it’s pretty smart. It’s hard to find brown paper bags these days though. :)