Paper Bag Safari Vest

This Paper Bag Safari Vest is a fun project for many of the VBS Jungle and Safari themed events. Paper bags are usually available at your grocery store but you may have to ask for them. The Paper Bag Safari Vest instantly turns your youngster into an adventure seeking explorer.


The word safari comes from Swahili and is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists in Africa. Today, safaris are often to observe and photograph wildlife. Source: Wikipedia – Safari

  • Grocery sized paper bag
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Printable Pattern
  • Printable Pieces (Print 2)
  1. Lay the paper bag on your work surface with the flap to the back.
  2.  Line up the pattern with the top of the bag. Staple on the outside of the cutting lines to keep in place. Cutting through all the layers. Cut off the arm holes and back opening.
  3.  Lay the pattern back in place and cut the front opening only through the front of the bag.
  4.  Cut out the printable piece.
  5.  Design your vest and glue pieces in place.
Patterns, Templates and Printables

Click on a pattern to open it in a new window to print


7 thoughts on “Paper Bag Safari Vest”

  1. Nina says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I have some grandsons that would really like this. Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time!!

  2. Beverly Jennings says:

    Where are the pocket templates?

  3. Wendy says:

    What do the sides look like???????

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