Create a whole neighborhood in one afternoon with this craft that recycles old paper bags!


  • paper bags
  • scissors
  • paint
  • paint brush


    1. paperbaghouse-longCut out the shape of a roof (a triangle) on one side of a bag near the base and then cut all the way around the bag. The Roof will be taller than the other sides.

    2. Flatten the bag. On the roof side, paint the front a solid color. Once finished, set aside and allow to dry.

    3. Once the paint is completely dry, paint on details. Paint the roof and a door and windows.

    You can weigh the houses down with some pebbles or toss a few toys inside. Line your houses up on the sidewalk for hours of pretend neighborhood fun!

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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