These stuffed paper bag shapes are perfect for Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot and look great hanging or as a centerpiece. See the slide show for details and images.
You will need:
Paint and brushes
Colored paper and aluminum foil
Googly eyes (optional)
1. First, make your shapes. For a fish, stuff your paper bag ¾ full of newspaper or other material and tie it at the end with yarn. For a pomegranate, fill the bag ¼ full, tie it off with yarn and then cut off the excess. For a carrot, roll up a small piece of paper and tuck it down in the bag. Starting at the bottom, wind the yarn around the bag until you get a few inches from the top. Cut the left over paper at the top into strips.
2. Using tempera or other washable paint, paint your shapes.
3. If desired, sprinkle with glitter while the paint is still wet.
4. Allow to dry.
5. The carrots and pomegranates are finished! The fish still need more work. Cut out some scale shapes from aluminum foil and colored paper. Randomly glue them on your fish shape.
6. Cut the outside ring of a paper plate and cover it with aluminum foil. Glue it to the top and bottom of your fish for fins. Make a small fin for the side of the fish. Hot glue is easiest for this step.
7. Add eyes to your fish.
8. Draw or glue a mouth shape on your fish.
Stock up on paper bags
Paper bags are environmentally friendly, easy to come by and cheap. You can usually find them for around 1 cent per bag, which makes them great for crafting with kids.
Create your shape
Create your shapes. For a pomegranate, stuff your bag 1/3 full and tie with string. Cut off excess. For a fish, stuff bag 3/4 full and tie with string. Leave excess for tail. For a carrot, roll a piece of paper and stuff into the bag. Start at the bottom of the bag with string, winding the string around the bag until you get a few inches from the top. Tie. Cut the excess into strips for leaves.
Paint your shape
Paint your shapes. Tempera or other washable, nontoxic paint is best if you are working with children. If you are not worried about a mess, then acrylic craft paint is another good option.
Cut scale shapes from aluminum foil and colored paper to go on your fish. Randomly attach the scales with glue or hot glue. To make several scales at once, fold your paper and cut out a U shape.
Use a paper plate to create fins for your fish. Cut the ridged, outside rim of the paper plate for the fin. Cover the fins in aluminum foil for extra sparkle.
Add fins and eyes
Using glue or hot glue, attach your fins. Add a wiggle eye to each side of your fish. If you do not have wiggle eyes, draw eyse on a sheet of paper and cut them out. Glue eyes to your fish.
Experiment with different styles
Experiment with different styles of fish. Try different colors and colored paper. Make fins from paper instead of plates. Check your craft stash and see if there are any scraps you can use.
These stuffed paper bag shapes can be used in many different ways. Fill a basket with them for a nice centerpiece and set them on windowsills and tables. They can also be hung to decorate a sukkah.
Store for next year
These paper bag crafts will keep for next year as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place. Be careful that they are not crushed. You can also spray them with clear varnish for extra durability.