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Bag Of Tricks

The iconic Primark bag can be used for more than just storing goodies. Check out how to create DIY accessories using the paper bags from your latest Primark haul.

Photography by RANKIN

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Tamera Heron

If you’re searching for an easy activity to do as a family, then look no further. It’s time to get creative with your little ones using our classic Primark paper bags made from recycled materials and that are also 100% recyclable. That’s right, you can upcycle our bags by creating a range of decorations and accessories by simply following the steps we’ve listed below. Don’t forget to recycle any leftover scraps! Enjoy!


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  1. Time to make some crowns fit for royalty. Starting from the edge of your Primark bag sketch out a crown design of your choice.

  2. Now it’s time to draw on some royal gems and add a splash of colour! Once your mini me has finished their design you can cut out the crown.

  3. Your crown may be a bit big so simply cut in half and make two crowns out of one bag, measuring around your little king or queen’s head and securing with some tape. You’re all ready for the royal ball!

Animal Masks

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  1. Using a Primark bag draw and cut out an outline of an animal face of your choice, we went with a fox, owl and bear, three adorable animals that are easy to draw!

  2. Turn your mask around so the inwards plain Primark bag becomes the front of your mask. Draw on circle or almond shaped eyes and cut out.

  3. Time for the best bit – decorating! Get creative with pens and paint to bring your mask to life.

  4. Make a small hole on one side of the mask using a pin then thread through some string. Next you’ll want to make a knot to secure the string in place. Repeat on the other side, using the same piece of string so it acts as one continuous thread. Voila! Your animal mask is ready to wear.


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  1. Start by using a ruler to draw and then cut a square out of your Primark bag, measuring about 22cm on each side.

  2. Next fold your square in half and cut across the folded line making two rectangles. Fold one of your rectangles in half and then open.

  3. Now you will want to fold each corner inwards creating triangle shapes.

  4. Horizontally fold each side in on itself from the outer edge creating 3 crinkles on each side.

  5. Next grab your remaining rectangle and fold in on itself starting from the smaller edge.

  6. Pinch and fold both pieces inwards.

  7. Place your larger wings on top of the smaller to create a butterfly like shape and secure with a string. There you have it, butterflies ready to hang in their rooms or tie in their hair – gorgeous!