A couple of summers ago, I threw a DIY-style sleepover together last-minute. It consisted of a hastily put-together photo booth, some DIY food (as-in the kids took the lead) and this paper bag scrapbook where the kids were able to decorate and place prints from their photo booth fun.
The great thing I learned about putting this sleepover together was to tap into supplies that I already had at home. It was done out of necessity because we were having such terrible weather and I couldn’t get out to find a ready-made kit which might have been my default setting under normal circumstances.
If you happen to be a crafty person (I used to be pre-twins), or simply have a few crafty items around your home in addition to some lunch bags, you can easily throw a paper bag scrappbook together for your kids and a group of their friends. If you want to pull it together from scratch, it’s an inexpensive option as well, as seen from the supply list.
To put together this scrapbook, you truly do not have to have great skill or creative prowess. Promise. It does however take some assistance by you to get your little people moving in the right direction.
1. Take 2-3 lunch size paper bags, stack them on top of one another with the opening end alternating from left to right. This will allow for pockets to form on different sides of the book, throughout the book.
2. Fold the stack of paper bags together in half so the sides meet to create a book.
3. Take a hand-held one-hole punch, (Your hole punch should be the regular, standard size used for notebook paper and binders.) and punch 4-6 holes along the binding of your paperbag book. Be certain you aren’t too close to the edge so you can create a sturdy binder for the book.
4. Using your decorative ribbon, tie multiple pieces within each hole to bind all of your paper bag pages together. By using multiple pieces, you create a sturdy binding, but also a more decorative outer edge. Encourage color, patterns and varying lengths here!
5. Open each page of the paper bag book and crease the pages prior to assembling the book with papers and embellishments. This will alleviate mis-measurements and allow for more seamless assembly.
Voila! You have a paperbag book!
A few notes on some optional things:
- You’ll notice that you have the open pockets to store momentos, extra pictures from the booth and more within the book. It would be wise to have the kids create a closure on these pockets with the hole punch and ribbon, some velcro or with fasteners if they plan to use these pockets for many items. A picture or two should sit tight in the pocket, but more than that may fall out. You can all create a closer for the whole book by punching a hole on the first and last page of the book and tying additional ribbon.
- For the pages, you can measure the length and width ahead of time, precut the patterned paper to fit that size to save time. I did this for our party so they could simply glue whole sheets or partial borders onto their books for assembly.
- Double-sided tape or traditional scrapbook runners would work well for these books. If you’re going to use glue, a glue stick will ensure the bags don’t get too wet.
Any questions? Please feel free to ask away in the comments. I’ve made these a few times prior (when I had more time on my hands pre-many-children-ago) – happy to help!