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Paper-Bag Garlands


These pretty bags look festive enough to hang around as decorations before they're handed out as favors.


  • Flat glassine-lined 1/4-pound paper bags
  • Seam binding or other ribbon
  • A standard hole punch
  • Twine
  • Candy


  1. Step 1

    Choose sweets that won't melt or anything that is individually wrapped.

  2. Step 2

    Open a bag along side and bottom seams. Fill, then bring opposite sides of top together.

  3. Step 3

    Punch two holes 1/4 inch from edge and 1/2 inch apart; thread seam binding in a whipstitch over the top (thread through one hole, bring it over the top, and thread through the other hole), and knot.

  4. Step 4

    String twine along low tree branches or along an entrance as a garland; tie in bows. Untie bows when it's time to hand out favors.

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2003