Floral is back & has been back in a big way. If I have a choice between solid and floral, it will always be floral by default. It’s just more fun! I think I’ve been drawn to it since I thrifted a black jumper with little watercolor florals as a kid. I wouldn’t leave the store without it and then I refused to take it off. How ahead of the times was I? (Though I’m sure I looked like a total dork at the time…)
I thought I’d join my love of florals with my love of treat giving. I used to bake every weekend just to come to work with trays completely full of freshly baked and packed goodies. It was my way to experiment with both recipe and packaging development. I wouldn’t otherwise ever get the opportunity to bake and label in such bulk unless I switched careers.
One of the more useful things to have on hand were flat paper bags. I had them in lots of styles from glassine to food safe plastic to kraft to wax, but the best way to personalize them was to make my own. I could label with what deliciousness lay ahead or with a simple “Enjoy!” and they were out the door.
Today, I have for you a flat paper bag template that you can print out onto your own colored or patterned paper and some floral flat paper bags that used Pugly Pixel’s seamless rose tiles that includes floral ephemera from Graphics Fairy.
These would be great for everyday gifting, favor bags for a tea party, brunch, or shower. They’re also the perfect size to slip in a small greeting card for your next gift or just a note to your cubicle mate. If you make a few extra, these would be a great addition to your gift wrapping stash. If you plan on giving a friend some basic gift wrapping supplies for the holidays, these would be really cute snuck into the package too. They’re really easy to personalize with seals, tags, and stamps. Check out some of the samples below.
Colors: Choose your floral color and click the button to open a PDF file.
Type: If you are printing the blank template on your own colored or patterned paper, load the paper into your printer per your printer’s instructions to print the template directly on your desire paper. If you don’t want the dotted lines to show up on your final product, print the template on the back of your desired paper.
Print: Print the file as many time as you’d like. Regular printer paper seems to work best for me because there is more give if I put in a bulkier or non-flat item.
Cut: Cut along the solid black lines.
Fold: Fold along the dotted lines.
Glue: Apply glue to the gray area labeled “GLUE” and press down on the long vertical glue seam. Apply glue to the inside of the bottom flap and press down.
Finish Top Edge: If your seams didn’t line up at the top and you’re a perfectionist, trim the top to be straight. If you’d like to finish the top opening with a decorative edge, cut it with decorative scissors or a decorative blade on your cutter.
Cost Savings Tip: If you plan to make a bunch of blank ones on your own color or patterned paper, just print one template and take them to your local copier. Some mom & pop shops can make black and white (B&W) photocopies for a couple of pennies each. This will save you on ink and we all know ink is the priciest part of a printer!
Efficiency Tip: If you are headed to the local copier or have access to a paper cutter, you can use the paper cutter to cut along 4 of the straight edges on multiple sheets at a time. The 4 edges are the top of bag, the two sides of the bag, and the bottom-most line of the bottom flap. This will cut down on a lot of time! If your paper cutter has a scoring blade, you can even score the dotted lines to made assembling a breeze. On the other hand, if you don’t have access to a paper cutter, you can still paperclip or staple several sheets together and cut through multiple sheets at a time with scissors. A maximum of 4 sheets worked best for me. You can stack them up and fold them in one go too! Just make sure you unfold before moving onto the next one so as not to distort the next fold with the stack bunching.
I’m throwing the following two in because I thought they’d be perfect for 4th of July and they are the perfect match for my printable Let’s Picnic checklists. Use these to put individual portions of chips, sandwiches, or napkins and utensils for each person.
Note: If you are filling with edibles, you should wrap the item or line the bag with wax paper, parchment, plastic wrap, or cellophane first. This will prevent the grease from soaking through the paper and ensure the item is safe from inks if you printed patterns on your paper.
Please let me know if you’d like specific tutorials for any of the samples!
This week we’ve:
- customized and printed free brightly striped calling cards.
- collected rainbows in the form of vintage wallpaper letterpress drawers.
- been inspired by the eclectic apartment of Iris Apfel.
- recapped the weekend at Summer School PDX.
- found similarities between a Kate Spade Bangle & the SS 2011 collection from Kenzo.
- wished we were a part of Fredericks and Mae with their feathered wings, colorful kites, and unexpected masks.
- got excited by the Mad Men collection soon to be debuting at Banana Republic.
- anticipated afforable Versace, which is in the works with H&M.
- daydreamed in summery mint!
Do you like having a “go to” gift wrap supply stash? What do you like to give for ”just because” gifts?