{Tutorial Tuesday} Printed Brown Paper Lunch Bags

Yes, I realized that brown bagging isn’t as environmentally friendly and yes my kids do have reusable lunch bags.  That being said we also use plenty of brown paper lunch bags.

As part of the {handmade} Back to School series, I made a tutorial for printing your own graphics onto lunch bags.  A friend of mine printed onto bags last Christmas and I thought that was such a great idea!

Create your printable in Word by changing the page size to what ever your bag size it.  I set mine at 5×10.  Then insert the graphic of your choice and position it where ever you want it.I found these images on Graphics Fairy but you child may be into cars or Pokemon or dogs.  Use whatever your child likes.
Tape the flap down and the opening shut.  I tried printing several different ways before trying to tape it and the bag kept getting jammed in the printer.  This helps prevent that.
Insert the taped bag into the printer.  Put the end with the taped opening into the printer first and make sure the taped down flap is face down.
After the image is printed, gently remove the tape.
Since you have nothing but time on your hands, punch 2 holes and thread rick rack through them to close the bag.  Or just roll the top down and call it good.

These would also make great treat bags and you could do a graphic that fits with the party’s theme!  I’m so glad you stopped by today!

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Comments

  1. Love this! It would look really pretty on white paper bags too. I can’t wait to try it! Magpye, good idea on flipping the pic & skipping the tape!

  2. In most word processing programs you can flip the image upside down. Then you could feed the bag bottom in first and you should be able to skip the taping and untaping. I love the idea and will do this for my daughter’s next birthday goody bags for her guests!

  3. What a great idea! ;) Hope you’re having a great long weekend! ;D

    Miki.

  4. I LOVE YOU!! So I have my first craft fair coming up in less than two weeks and I realized I hadn’t even approached the idea of bagging sold items. Money is very tight and now so is time. I wanted to do something cute but cheap and quick. THIS IS AMAZING!!!

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  6. I’ve got tons of brown bags and this post gave me loads of ideas!!! :)

    I mentioned you on my blog, http://feileacangirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/do-it-yourself.html , hope that’s fine with you.

    Kudos! xx

  7. I just stumbled on your site thru Pinterest and I am a very happy FAN!!! Amazingly (if thats a word) you have found time to make a fun site while being a mom to three and doing all the other stuff too! Thank you!

    Sue/Mimi

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  9. I wanted to bag up some homemade chocolate chip cookies for the kids in my sons class. Now I have printed some brown paper bags with a small clip art picture of cookies and my sons name so they know what they are and who they are from! Looks so much nicer than a plain bag or handwriting (with my ATROCIOUS handwriting)… Thanks for the brilliant idea!

  10. So clever! I love this!

  11. LOVE the customized lunch bags! My mom always use to draw on mine and leave a special unique note in it each and every day!

    Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you’ll join us again this week for another edition of What’s Up Wednesdays!

  12. LOVE this idea for party treat bags!

  13. They’re absolutely beautiful! I love the vintage graphics and your tutorial is perfect.

    Feel free to link-up your post to my ongoing Back-to-School blog hop. It would be a welcome, quality addition!

    Jenn

  14. These are SO cute! I always liked having a brown bag instead of a lunchbox when I was in school – I would have totally loved these!

  15. Just perfect! As usual…;)

  16. Tonia! When do you actually have time to do anything else? You’re a wonder woman! All these fantastic ideas. I’m lucky I’ve got a fussy eater and she won’t eat from the school canteen. I haven’t had to send a brown paper lunch bag to school in 18 months! LOL I have used them for birthday parties, printing a colouring image on the bag and filling with treats and a few colouring pencils for a treat bag.

    You’re just amazing.

    Anne xx

  17. Tonia this is SO adorable!! I love the one with the little mushroom on it. CUTE

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