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My DIY Welcome Bags


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Items Needed

Brown bags with handles ( 10” L X 8 “ W)

Any color scrapbook paper to make a maple leaf or other flower to keep with your theme or colors.

Gartner’s Studios Favor Tags (Ivory Opal Scalloped – Template Available online)

Wraphia  Ribbon(Any Coordinating Color Will Do)   24 inches per bag

Scrap Book Adhesive Tape(Permanent)

A Logo Card or Label with Your Tag Line


Since we are having a destination wedding in Vermont, in addition to favors, I really wanted my guests to be welcomed by something special.  I didn’t want just a plain bag.  I wanted it to reflect fall in Vermont.   I am not a crafty person, but I designed and produced the bags quite easily.

The bags can be purchased at Michael’s $5.99 for a baker’s dozen of 13.  You can choose the color that best suits your décor.   Since we are having a fall wedding, we chose the standard brown bag. 

I then found a photo of a maple leaf online.  I made a maple leaf template out of cardboard.  You could easily adapt this to any design to match your décor

I chose scrapbook paper that would coordinate with my bags.  I traced the maple leaf template onto the scrapbook paper.  An average sized piece of scrap book paper yields about 5 maple leafs that measure 4inches at from bottom of the stem to the top point of the leaf, and is 4.5 inches in width. 

Using scrapbook adhesive tape, I secured our logo cards (which are actually business cards from the bottom half of the bag.  I glued the maple leaf in between the handles of the bag, using scrapbook adhesive tape (permanent).

When I get my RSVP list together, I will print out each guests name on the Gartner’s ivory oval scalloped favor tags, and glued them on the center of the maple leaf.  I will  use brown ink.  As you can see in the picture, I haven't printed a name yet.

I punched a hole on each side of the leaf.  I used a plain hole punch, but the craft stores make many different kinds of mini hole punches.  They can be found in the scrapbooking section.

I put 24 inches of Wraphia ribbon through the holes and tied a ribbon.  I used adhesive to lock down the knot and two tails of the bow. 


It’s ready to be filled with goodies!





Last Updated: August 4, 2013 at 1:15 am
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