Kids love a blank canvas and you can create a whole stash of them using recycled paper bags! Learn how to make these DIY mini art books with a few simple folds and cuts.



  • Large paper grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Your favorite coloring tools


    1. Cut out an 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" section from your paper
    2. Fold your paper in half hot dog-style, and unfold. diy-mini-art-book2
    3. Fold your paper again, this time hamburger-style, and leave it
    4. Fold one open edge in half back toward the
    5. Fold the other open edge back the same
    6. Unfold your paper to hamburger-style again, and cut from the folded edge to the
    7. Unfold completely to reveal the center cut, then fold in half again hot
    8. Push the outer edges in
    9. Then fold the pages to create your
    10. Use your favorite crayons, paints, stickers, and any other fun art materials to decorate your mini art book!diy-mini-art-book14

Amy Johnson is a crafter, writer, and mother of four, who believes in the power of handmade, secondhand, and eco-friendly living. Her favorite craft store is the thrift store and she shares creative reuse ideas on her blog Maker Mama . Follow her on Facebook for daily inspiration!

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