Hello all! My name is Angie with The Country Chic Cottage and I am thrilled that Jessica allowed me to guest post today. My blog is all about DIY, crafts, and even some recipes in between. I love creating simple DIY solutions for weddings. I started with an idea of using plain paper lunch bags as favor bags and the idea grew from there. I actually came up with five different DIY favor bag ideas.
The idea is really simple and easy even for a beginner. The concept uses an ink pad that you would use with stamps. I found that the small ink pads worked best with the stencils. Stencils like these can be found at most craft supply stores or you can always order online.
Just lay down your bag, then the stencil, and apply the ink with the ink pad until your design is complete. Using the ink pad to stencil makes this project so fast. It is much easier then using any type of paint plus it dries very fast. I did find that the small ink pads worked best so look for those at the craft store.
After I stenciled a few different favor bags, I thought about different way you could close them to get different looks. I came up with five different looks to choose from. My first favor bag uses a stencil that is a series of circles.
I held this one closed with a clothespin. This clothespin actually has a piece of scrapbook paper that I used Mod Podge to adhere to the top. You can also use glitter or paint on clothespins for a different look.
My next favor bag has a branch stencil that I just loved for a slightly rustic look.
I folded this one over and punched a couple of holes. I added baker’s twine to close.
My next bag has a lovely frame stencil and I used a lavender ink.
Again I used the two punched holes method of closing but this time threaded in ribbon. Just using different materials can give a completely different look.
Next up is a fleur de lis stenciled on a white bag.
I actually used washi tape to close this bag. I love this sheet music washi tape.
I allowed the washi tape to hang over the front slightly. I also really like the way you can see the circles from the ink pad. Be aware that this will be visible in stencils with large open areas such as this one.
For the last version, I chose a rose stencil and put it on a brown bag with white ink.
This time I bunched the bag closed with a wide ribbon. Loving that bright pink!
I bet you never knew you could do some much with a paper lunch bag. Turn these plain jane bags into the perfect favor bags for your ceremony with just a few simple supplies. These favor bags are an easy DIY project that can save you money on your big day.
Check out the rest of my DIY wedding ideas. Also I have a wedding week planned on my blog the week of February 25th. Be sure to follow along on facebook, Pinterest, or twitter so you don’t miss a thing. Thanks again Jessica for having me!
Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google