Lunch is always more fun when you turn it into a picnic! This week’s project makes picnics even more fun by turning lunch prep into an art project. And, with back-to-school season quickly approaching, this craft doesn’t have to be limited to picnics; kids can decorate a whole stack of brown bags and have them ready for school lunches!


  • brown paper bags
  • markers
  • a hole puncher
  • yarn
  • scissors


    1. picnics longLay your paper bag flat and decorate it any way you wish with markers. You can doodle scenery or even make fun patterns. This is a great activity for children of all ages! Make an assembly line and doodle a whole bunch of bags. You can save them for later or invite a group of friends to join in on a picnic lunch!

    2. Once your doodles are complete, punch two holes in the top of the bag (one on each side of the opening) in one of two ways: either by folding it over once first or punching the holes in the top just as it is.

    3. Pack a lunch inside the bag, and then tie it closed with some yarn.

    Enjoy your lunch!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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