Tuesday, 17 May 2011

I Love... Brown Paper Bags

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know, I'm sure, about my love of wedding DIY and my total fixation with using simple things to create special things. And let's face it, things don't come much simpler than the humble brown paper bag. Cheap to buy in bulk and easy to adapt, these little beauties are just perfect for weddings.

They make great lanterns, favour bags, menus, decorations and you can even put your table centres in big ones - just hide a vase inside and you're done! Brown bag details work particularly well in rustic, country styled days but depending on where & when you're planning on using them, they can be just as perfect for other events too. All you need to do is get a little crafty...

Above - love these brown bag lanterns. Easy to make - take two brown bags, cut your design into one and then pop the other bag inside so that when you put the light inside, you get the effect above. The thicker 'double bag' means that you can attached the wires to the top to hang your bag lanterns wherever you wish! Image - Design Sponge

Above - how cute are these ceremony programs? The couple's details are on one side and the running order of the day is on the other. You could put anything you want in the bag - how about confetti or a little ribbon streamer for post-ceremony celebrations? Image - Elizabeth Anne Designs

Above - a fab stationery set, all inside a brown paper bag. Love the pink hues on this design as well, they work so perfectly with the browns and creams and I love the idea of guests opening a little goodie bag to find their invitation, how special would you feel? Great if you're including more information with your invitation too as everything can be kept in the bag so (fingers crossed!) losses are limited! Image - Liz Banfield

Above - this is such a great visual - the brown bags against the monochrome background, just so striking. The 'thank you' is stamped onto the bags, the favours popped inside and then the bag is sealed with a black & white pin badge or over-sized brad. How great to see this all lined up for guests to take at the end of the evening? Image - Lovely Little Parties

Above - Another look I really love, especially with those big bold buttons holding the bag shut. Here, the bags are rolled shut once the favour, confetti or other surprise is inside then the printed strip is attached and the button goes over the top. I'm now thinking you could pop nibbles in those bags for an excellent DIY canape option during post ceremony drinks... Image - via Lulus Inspirations

Above - ahhh, doilies, how I love the. Here, this gorgeous lace look is created simply by gluing doilies to the inside of the bags and then popping a light inside. The bags are then arranged on the table to cast a really beautiful glow over the area. Image - Martha Stewart

Above - the bag lantern has long been a favourite for creating lit pathways at weddings and, having set up quite a few in my time, my tips would be to weigh the bags down with a couple of hefty pebbles (sand is too moist and makes the bags soggy!) and use battery powered tealights. If you can put a couple in each bag, they cast a much better light. Image - My Kate Parker Wedding

Above - such a simple but effective idea for a seating card/favour combination. The bag just have the guest's names written on in coloured ink and their seating assignments are below. You're guaranteed your guests will pick up these bags! Image - The Sweetest Occasion

Above - love love LOVE this! These simple little brown bags are doubling as favour bag and menu card, how wonderful. They they're just closed with a peg and laid on each place setting. Works so well with this simple table setting and I think this is just great. Image - United With Love

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