Help me be the awesomest paper bag princess ever!
September 1, 2010 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Hallowe'en-costume-filter: Where can I buy a very large, old-fashioned paper grocery bag?

No handles and a square shape - like one used to be able to get at a grocery store before they all switched over to plastic. But, bigger, so I could make it into a dress of sorts. Ideally, I just want a couple (one to make a costume out of and an extra or two for back-up incase I mess up), but I'd be willing to buy a lot if they were still cheap. I checked all the local stationary stores and googled but couldn't find precisely what I need.
posted by Kurichina to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total)
 
Maybe one of the big lawn waste bags from Home Depot or the like?
posted by Zoyashka at 12:49 PM on September 1, 2010


Example
posted by Zoyashka at 12:50 PM on September 1, 2010


How about a leaf bag? At hardware and "discount department" stores [Walmart etc].
posted by kmennie at 12:50 PM on September 1, 2010


If you're willing to be a little fancier, brown kraft paper comes in wide rolls. Check art supply stores.
posted by Madamina at 12:53 PM on September 1, 2010


I'm curious...what's the costume?
posted by cozenedindigo at 12:57 PM on September 1, 2010


Lemme guess... Paper Bag Princess?

Easier to construct your own, out of kraft paper as Madamina suggests. You can size it exactly right, and nobody will know or care that it's not an "authentic" grocery bag.
posted by Pomo at 1:05 PM on September 1, 2010


Oh heyyyyy, it's in your title. Oops.
posted by Pomo at 1:05 PM on September 1, 2010


If you can only find leaf bags with logos on them, keep in mind that you can slit one along a seam or crease and flip it inside out, then tape it shut so it looks undoctored. If you want to make the bag-shape narrower and more like a shopping bag, you can cut the bag in half (the tall way) and re-attach the front and back halves with some overlap to make the shape narrower. Shopping bag handles can be made with long, tightly-twisted strips of brown paper, or raffia.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:07 PM on September 1, 2010


Rob from Cockeyed did a paper-bag puppet costume a few years back. He used regular craft paper.

Unless you are a tiny person, I have a hard time seeing how a single paper bag could be made into any kind of costume.
posted by O9scar at 2:59 PM on September 1, 2010


Unless you are a tiny person, I have a hard time seeing how a single paper bag could be made into any kind of costume.

I had a not-tiny friend who used to dress himself as "Captain Bag" for costume parties. He would turn one bag into a vest by cutting armholes and an opening up the front. Then he would use scraps for a mask and a hat, if I'm remembering correctly. I'm cracking up just remembering it.
posted by the_blizz at 8:16 PM on September 1, 2010


Thanks everyone! I have found leaf bags large enough at Rona. I just need to turn them inside out to hide the logo!
posted by Kurichina at 8:23 AM on October 4, 2010


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