Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So Sweet Favor Bags

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Another dear friend is having a baby soon, and I was the lucky girl who got to make the favors for her baby shower last weekend. The invitations were sweet, lacy, and ladylike, and I wanted the favors to be all of those things too. The mama-to-be loves chocolate-covered cinnamon bears (she actually introduced me to them, for which I am eternally grateful!), so it seemed perfect to fill these sweet bags with her favorite treat. I'm a little in love with how they turned out, and happen to think they looked especially cute all lined up in prim and proper rows. Want to make some of your own? Here's how!

Materials & Tools
--kraft paper bags {3 1/2 x 6" ones from the gift wrap section of Michael's}
--paper doilies that are the same width as your bags {4" white paper doilies from the baking section of Michael's}
--candy! {Because I wanted my gummy bears to stay soft, I put them in a small, clear treat bag before tucking them into the paper bags. If you are using hard candy or a non-food item, just put it right in!}
--ribbon {1/8" ribbon in two colors from Jo-Ann's}
--hole punch
--printer, optional
--paper cutter, optional

Steps
I ran my bags through the printer. If you'd rather not, you can write directly on the bags, stamp a message on them, or put a cute tag on them. If you plan to send yours through the printer, start here. Otherwise, skip down to step 4!

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Step 1:  Tape the top of your bags shut. Make sure the tape goes all the way across so there aren't any exposed pieces of bag to snag in your printer.
Step 2:  Load the bags into your printer the same way you would paper, and print! Of course you have to have something to print; I just used a plain old Word document and formatted it to be the same size as my bag.
Step 3:  Don't try to pick the tape off the bags--it'll never work! Just cut the tape off using a paper trimmer. I trimmed 1" off of each bag.

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Step 4:  Fill the bags with treats, close them, and fold down the top 1".
Step 5:  Fold the doilies in half. Based on how you orient the doilies when you fold them, they will have slightly different widths, so do one first, make sure it is the same width as you bags, then fold the rest the same way.
Step 6:  Take a closed bag, place a folded doily over it, line up the edges, and hold them firmly in place.
Step 7:  Use a single hole punch to make two holes about 1/2" apart. Make sure to punch through all layers.
Step 8:  Cut your ribbon into lengths of about 6 inches. I chose to do two shades of pink per bag.
Step 9:  Thread both ribbons through the two holes and tie a knot on the front of the bag. Trim excess ribbon.

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I lined all of my sweet little bags up on a very inexpensive wooden tray from Michael's, and they looked especially adorable and demure!
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9 comments:

  1. I LOVE these. I think even someone craft-challenged like me could handle it ;-)

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    1. Hi Trish! They were seriously so easy--the trickiest part was printing on them, and you don't even have to do that!

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  2. how ADORABLE!!! And you're right -- it doesn't look that difficult! Great job and I bet everyone at the shower loved them!

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    1. Hi Alyssa! They are really, really easy, especially if you do everything assembly-line-style.

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  3. These are so cute. simple and elegant. Love 'em :)

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  4. These are darling! I'm pinning to keep in mind for my daughter's BD party when the time comes :)

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    1. Hi Sandi. I think the great thing about these is that you can use different colors of ribbon and put different treats inside to make the perfect for any kind of party! And of course the sweets inside are a good thing about them, lol.

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