Ultimate Brown Paper Bag Crafting

So what's this made of? Is it metal? Is it plastic? No it's Brown Paper Bag!
Yes from a far off time in the 1990's I learned from Aleene's Creative Living Show how to do this.
I LOVED that show! I now watch them at www.Cool2Craft.com
I watched Heidi Borchers take layers of brown paper bag and Aleene's tacky glue and Burn it!
YES, Burn it to get a metal like effect!
My daughter loves Harry Potter and wanted the Leaky Cauldron sign to hang by her room.
I ALWAYS say to myself...hmmm I think I can make that!
And here it is!
I would use popsicle sticks or heavy wire to stabalize it between the layers of brown paper bag,

You can see the thin wire I used from the top of the hat into the scroll.

I burned the wet glue in stages.
I used a little silver Rub N Buff too.  

I actually made the brackets to screw in the wall.

And here is my daughter with her early Christmas present.

Make it a great day!

P.S. I think my next project will be roosters but I think I'll use the brown paper bag, glue and paint for that faux enamel look to hang in my kitchen!
Mom Workin' At Home!


  1. AWESOME Julie! I'm headed off to share this at Cool2Craft. Thank you SO much for sharing!!

  2. Julie I just love your crafting witch. This is something that I will add to my home as well. I just LOVE IT!!

  3. Thank you so much Tiffany! I am so honored! :)