My DIY Welcome Bags
My DIY Welcome Bags - Design is Versatile For Any Theme or Decor. (community article)
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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 Vistaprint.com)at 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!