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Native American Paper Satchels



A Native American inspired satchel made from a paper lunch bag is the perfect fall project for a group of young children. When they’re done making their bags, they can fill them with shells, feathers and beads that they can trade with their friends…

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Six simple steps turn a paper lunch bag into a Native American inspired satchel.

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Simple drawings like this are easy for kids to follow – it's basically a lot of straight lines.

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A jute draw-string is embellished with craft beads.

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To begin, cut the bottom off of the paper bag.

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Next, fringe the bottom inch of the bag.

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Open the bottom and rub a line of glue along the inside and press down to seal.

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Using a thin black or brown marker, draw a simple design in the center of the bag.

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Fill in the design with colored markers and crayons.

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Fold the top of the bag over and make four cuts into the fold (make cuts about 1/2-inch apart from each other).

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Flatten bag and pull a strand of jute through the slits in the bag. Add beads to the ends of the jute, tie a knot to secure and fray the ends to create small tassels.


Discussion

  1. Alessandra  October 25, 2012

    Really nice!!! I just pinned it on my “crafts galore” pin board!!
    Thank you, xxxx Alessandra

    • camilla  October 29, 2012

      Thanks Alessandra! :)