Decorating Welcome Bags for a Wedding

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    • Use plain white paper lunch bags and acrylic paint, or buy simple canvas totes for each guest and use fabric paints. Paint each guest’s name onto her bag, along with the wedding date and a simple message such as “Welcome!” or a more personal message such as an inside joke you share with the person.


    • Attaching paper to the front of a welcome bag is quick and makes a big visual statement. Start with colorful paper lunch bags either with handles or without. Type up a message on your computer, thanking guests for coming or explaining what they’ll find inside the bags. It’ll be easiest for you to write up one message and include it on each bag, but you can easily personalize the message for each guest if you choose. Print the message on light-colored paper, trim it fit the front of the bag and attach it using a glue stick.


    • The bags need to be standing up, so stuff with decorative paper. Use thick ribbon that is between 1/2- to 1-inch wide. Wrap a measuring tape around the outside of the bag and cut ribbon pieces to this length. Wrap a ribbon around the bag, an inch from the bottom, and attach it with a hot glue gun. Repeat with another piece of ribbon around the center of the bag and a third an inch from the top.


    • Attaching a tag to each bag is one of the quickest ways to decorate. Cut 2-by-4-inch rectangles out of thick paper and write each guest’s name on one using fine-tipped markers. Decorate the border of each tag with swirls, flowers or any other small pattern. Include a message on the back of each tag if you wish. Punch a hole in the top of each tag and attach it to a handle paper bag with a piece of ribbon.

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