Last Updated on July 10, 2020
Don’t throw away those brown paper bags just yet! There are many ways you can turn them into useful things besides a toy for your cat. A brown paper bag can be found anywhere, from offices and schools to your own kitchen. You may even have a few paper bags somewhere around the house right now, but even if you don’t, you’ll likely start keeping them in your pantry once you’ve learned just how surprisingly useful these bags can be. Check out these 9 great ways you can put a regular brown paper bag into good use!
9. Make your fruits ripen more quickly
You no longer need to wait for your goodies to become ready to eat! Certain types of fruits can ripen faster when stored in a brown paper bag. This trick actually works best for avocados, peaches, pears, tomatoes, and bananas. Here’s what you should do: Grab a brown paper bag, put the fruit inside, and roll the top of the bag to close it. Then, allow it to sit for up to 2 days. And that’s it! After a day or two, your fruit will be ripe enough to use. Make sure not to use a plastic bag because it’ll make the fruit rot rather than ripen.
8. Make easy and tasty homemade popcorn
Craving a delicious and healthy snack? You can quickly make homemade popcorn in the microwave using a brown paper bag! To make paper bag popcorn, put a reasonable amount of popcorn kernels in the bag, seal it by rolling its top, and put it in the microwave. What’s great about homemade popcorn is that you can season it with whatever your heart desires. A few things you can add to your popcorn include hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, sugar, cinnamon, butter, or salt. To keep your snack as healthy as possible, make sure to avoid using lots of butter or/and salt.
7. Clean mirrors and windows effectively
We all know how difficult it can be to keep windows and mirrors spot-free and shiny. In fact, to have the perfect shine, it’s all about what you’re using to wipe your mirrors of windows rather than which cleaning product you’re spraying over them. No matter how powerful the cleaner solution can be, using the wrong fabric or paper to wipe down mirrors and windows can only deliver irritating and imperfect results, making the glass look dirty even though you’ve just cleaned it. You may already know that newspaper works best for wiping clean any glass perfectly, but those brown paper bags work perfectly too. The paper of such bags will help you keep your windows and mirrors free from any lint or streak. Just give it a try and see.
6. DIY cheap and stylish serving bowls
If you’re expecting guests or hosting a party but you don’t have enough bowls or plates to serve snacks, you can simply turn to your pile of brown paper bags for help. All you have to do is roll the top of every paper bag down, or if you have time, cut it in different creative ways or even draw or write something on it. Then, just pour your snacks in the bags and serve. This is actually one of the best uses of brown paper bags, simply because it leaves us with zero dishes to wash once the party or gathering is over.
5. Collect your recycling
It’s always a brilliant idea to store your brown paper bags once you’ve got home from a trip to the grocery store instead of rushing to dispose of them because you can’t stand the messy sight of too many useless bags all over the place. From now on, just keep any paper bag you can get your hands on. Among many other uses, paper bags can also be perfect for collecting your recycling. Just pick a brown paper bag or two and start collecting stuff, and once the bags are full, just grab them and head to the recycling center. This will help you avoid wasting time on transferring your recycling in or out of containers.
4. Collect items for your compost pile
Besides collecting your recycling, you can also use brown paper bags to collect compost. This trick is actually much more brilliant than you think because it allows you to simply carry the bag and take it out to your compost pile, then tear the bag up and toss it in along with the compost, leaving your hands totally free and clean. Just make sure to shred the paper bag up into tiny pieces if possible because the smaller the paper bag pieces are, the faster they will break down.
3. DIY gift paper
Looking for unique and stylish ideas to wrap small gifts? Just use a brown paper bag! All you need to do is cut the paper bag up, lay it flat on the table, and place your gift inside. Then, wrap it up slowly and nicely for perfect and shrink-free results. Finally, you can make an adorable finishing touch using a piece of twine or a little bow. You can also use stickers if the gift is for a kid or an adult who still watches cartoons. Anyway, just feel free to get creative and keep it simple. The final look of this handmade wrapping paper is just so cute and rustic.
2. Make your own filler material
You can easily and quickly create as much as you need of filler material by putting brown paper bags into a paper shredder. If you don’t have one, you can always borrow one or even order it online in case you’ll need to use it a lot. The tiny shredded pieces of paper bags can serve as a perfect filler for gifts, as packing material, or for storing fragile items.
1. Get crafty
Simply cut your brown paper bags open and voilà! They are now ready to use for painting, drawing, or any other art projects. Moreover, if you’re so into arts and crafts and are usually carving and dying stuff, you can use paper bags as a protective layer to keep your tabletop clean. Do you know of any other paper bag crafts? If yes, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Also, feel free to share this article to help other people cut down on waste and turn “useless” bags into very useful items.