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Make a Cape from a Paper Bag

This craft was inspired by the fabulous, super, divine Lilly in Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Want more Lilly? Learn about the book and see all our Lilly activities here.

Every young reader as fabulous as Lilly (and which ones aren't?) needs a flowing cape, useful in completing every outfit and enhancing every playtime. Since these capes are so easy, they might need one in every color and pattern imaginable! Movie star sunglasses, red cowboy boots, and a purple plastic purse with shiny quarters not required for play, but they can only add to the fun!

Brown Paper Bag Cape craft inspired by Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes -

Paper Bag Cape


  • 1 large brown paper grocery bag
  • marker
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • ribbon 
  • Decorating Supplies: crayons, markers, paint, etc. 
  1. Open the bag up and, with the marker, draw a line down the crease on one short side. Continue the line across the bottom of the bag and up the crease in the other short side. 

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

    Brown Paper Bag Cape
  2. Cut all along the line, so you will have two halves of the bag. You will only need 1 half for a cape.
    This step would make wonderful scissor skills practice for young readers. 

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

  3. Draw a curved line on the bottom of the bag, and cut out.

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

    Brown Paper Bag Cape
  4. There are two folds in the bottom of the bag. Gently unfold them and flatten the crease.

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

  5. On each unfolded tab, punch a hole. String a length of ribbon through each hole and tie a knot to secure. You can also use some clear tape to reinforce the hole.

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

    Brown Paper Bag Cape
  6. Decorate! 

    Brown Paper Bag Cape

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Theresa from Capri + 3

That is a really cute idea! There are endless ways that kids could decorte their capes. Thank you for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

: 0 ) Theresa

Theresa from Capri + 3

Oops...I meant decorate their capes. : 0 )

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