Brown Bag Native American Vest

Brown Bag Native American Vest

This fun vest is a great way to spark your child's imagination around Thanksgiving! My four-year-old had a great time wearing this around the house and incorporating it into his pretend play. He wore it while we were reading stories about the first Thanksgiving and was proud to show it off at our Thanksgiving Dinner. It also went great with the Native American headdress that we made!

3 - 7
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. brown paper grocery bag
  2. crayons
  3. scissors
  4. stapler
  5. construction paper - optional
  6. glue - optional
  1. Gather all materials. I love this project because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. I made this with my young kids (ages 3 and 4) so we kept it simple with crayons instead of markers, but we could have easily incorporated paints, markers, feathers, beads, or any other materials.

  2. To make the paper bag into a vest, I first cut a straight line down the middle part of the front of the bag. My older kids could have done this step on their own, but the little ones needed help.

  3. Then, I cut an oval out of the bottom of the bag for the head. (Be careful not to cut too close to the edges. There should be at least an inch along the edge to help hold it up.)

  4. Next, I cut two circular arm holds out of the side panels of the bag.

  5. To make sure everything stayed together well, I stapled the small pieces in the corners on the bottom of bag together. This helped it keep a vest shape instead of just lying flat.

  6. The kids wanted to add fringe to the bottom of the bag to make it more "authentic" looking.

  7. They had a great time drawing arrowheads, teepees, shapes, suns, and other symbols on the back and sides of their vests. They even colored the fringe.

  8. To cover up the grocery store logo, my 4-year-old cut simple triangles out of construction paper and colored them to look like teepees.

  9. Then, he glued them onto the vest. They added a great "pop" of color to his finished product!

  10. He was so excited to try on his vest with the paper headdress that we made! They were great for pretend play and would even make cute costumes for a preschool Thanksgiving play.