Home About House Tour Projects Press Contact

9 May 2014

DIY Paper Bag Modern Art

Do you remember the striped art I added to the mudroom?  I've received some questions about it and thought I'd share how I made it.  It's super complicated and requires a ton of artistic ability. ;)  If you scroll down you'll see just how complicated it was, but maybe you've already guessed how I made it from the title of this post.   
The other day, I (being the constant rearranger and not very good tidy-upper that I am) tried out the new art in a different spot in our living room and snapped some pictures of it to let you see it in more detail.  The grouping is actually all DIY art.  I really need to start collecting some more "real" art (the number art tutorial can be found here if you're interested).

…And here's what I made it out of:
Yup, a Marimekko shopping bag!  This isn't the first repurposed art I have made though.  I also made this piece in our living room from some wrapping paper (Marimekko, of course!).  My mom always saved the nice gift wrap to reuse and I think I get that gift wrap hoarding gene from her.  The only difference is that I tend to make things out of gift wrap rather than rewrapping with it.  Come to think of it, I even made some Easter decorations out of gift wrap.  Did I mention that I need to get some "real" art? :)  I do like my DIY art too especially since it's a simple way to add in some of the Marimekko patterns that I love.

Here are a couple of pictures to remind you of my DIY paper bag art in our mini mudroom makeover.
So what do you think?  Are you a fan of DIY art?  Do you hoard pretty paper and gift wrap too or am I the only one?

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the mommys!


  1. ha! such a clever idea! i love the pattern on it!

  2. I remember your living room art...I think that was how I actually found your blog! Love this little paper bag art, too. Your mudroom came together wonderfully!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  3. Nope you are not the only one. My husband complains all the time about my paper stash. Love the art!

  4. It's just genius! Marimekko bags are so pretty that they go for art as well. :)

    1. Thanks Ina! I really can't throw anything Marimekko away. :)

  5. This is my FAVORITE kind of art. Just a random item with a nice pattern :) It's why I have a hard time throwing away packaging... who knows what it'll look like in a frame!

  6. Love that vignette and that art! We've framed napkins and cards and theyre some of my favorites- so easy, beautiful and free!

  7. How smart are you? Totally filing this away for the pretty bags and paper I find.

  8. nice! I think I need to start shopping places with nicer bags ;)

  9. I am a big fan of DIY art - Iv used postcards, cards, a glossy page from a magazine, leftover wallpaper, wrapping paper, all for free!

  10. Ha ha... I need to shop at nicer stores too :) Also, I bring my own bags... Hmmm I might have to re-think that strategy :) Love this. :)

  11. Girl after my own heart! I totally did that for some art on my bookcases :) Love the mix with the large art! xo Kristin


Connect with Nalle's House

Follow Me On Facebook Follow Me On Twitter Follow Me On Instagram Follow Me On Pinterest Follow Me On Bloglovin RSS Feed


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...