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One Bag, Four Ways

Turn plain paper sacks into pretty little bags and fill to the brim with regional treats.


  1. Step 1

    All kinds of interesting sticker labels are available nowadays. Find a style you like, hand write the contents (Mom's famous lemon muffins!), and adhere sticker to the front of the bag. 

  2. Step 2

    If you think a gift just isn't a gift without a bow, this idea's for you. We filled a bag with dried fruit and nuts, folded it over to form a little flap, and punched a pair of holes in the middle of the flap to tie a bow through. 

  3. Step 3

    Transform a brown bag into a cute basket with a nifty handle, and fill with fruit for a fresh-from-the-market feel. To make ours, trim the top with scallop scissors. Fashion a handle from the discarded paper and glue the ends inside the bag. 

  4. Step 4

    Use patterned paper (wrapping paper is a great option) to upgrade a brown bag. First, fill the bag with a treat that's location-specific (e.g., walnuts for a wedding in the country). Then fold the top over and glue the decorative paper over the flap.

Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Issue 2009

Reviews (2)

  • 3 Mar, 2012

    I just love the little brown paper bag with the hande! So cute with the cherries inside!

  • 19 Jun, 2011

    Great article! Jams and jellies are also great regional favors. creates one of a kind, unique favors with handcrafted italian jams, that compliment your event, by theme, location or colors.