How to Paint on Paper Bags

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint

Painting on paper bags can be a cost-effective way to make personal gift wrapping, an exciting lunch bag or personalized party favor bags. Painted bags are also a great way to give out Halloween treats and can be a fun craft activity with the kids. When painting paper bags, it is important to use the appropriate type of paint so you don't soak the delicate material. These paints can be found at local art stores, drugstores or large retail stores.

Lay paper bag flat on a covered surface that will not be stained or damaged by paint.

Use a separate paintbrush for each color of acrylic paint, or thoroughly clean and dry brush between colors.

Paint scene, pattern or message as you wish and leave bag flat to dry for approximately one hour.

Open the bag and set it up to fill with goodies or display.


  • Place tealight candles inside the bags to line your sidewalk or driveway as an outdoor decoration.

    You may wish to decorate the bag with other materials such as glitter, pipe cleaners or googly eyes.


  • Paper bags and paint are both flammable; do not use as candle holder when indoors.

    Thicker areas of paint may chip, however thinning the paint with water could cause the colors to seep through to the opposite side of the bag.

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Kerri Lanae Gaither began writing professionally in 2005. She has worked for the Brighter Writer where she supplied her copywriting and graphic design expertise. Her articles have appeared in various online publications. Gaither completed her Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies at the New York Institute of Technology, where she's also pursuing a Master of Arts in communication arts.