I am so excited to share this with you all today because I know you will want to try it out. And your life will be changed forever. Honestly.
You can buy glassine bags and run them through your printer.
It's true. I do it all the time. And it's amazing.
I've made bags for all kinds of things. You might recognize them from Adrian's black and white birthday party a few years back. Or maybe from Erin's baby shower this past summer. I absolutely love how you can create a little graphic and then just print it right on to the bag.
Ok so how do we do this? It's fairly simple.
- I create my image (I use Photoshop, but you can probably do it on picmonkey or other free programs) using the dimensions of my bag, which is roughly 4.5 inches by 6.75 inches so I set my canvas to that size.
- When I finish my graphic, I click print and make sure my paper size is set to 4.5 x 6.75. Then I feed my bags through the printer. I've found it works best to feed them through one at a time to avoid jams. I should also point out that I have a top loading printer so I can't speak for other printers.
- I set them out to dry.
- Once they've dried for the most part, I blow dry them on high heat. This seems to set the ink a bit more.
- I admire my adorably themed bags.
You can pick up glassine bags at Michael's but since I knew I'd be doing a lot of projects with them, I bought about 1000 from Uline. Yes, 1000. And I have yet to regret that decision. (Also, they'll send you a sample if you'd like so you can try to run it through your printer before committing yourself to 1000.)
Since they are food-safe, you can use them for cookies, candies, brownies, goodies. Or fill them with confetti because why not. Then just seal them with a bit of washi tape and bam, cutest little bag ever.
Now quick warning: If you are a perfection, as I am, this may not be the project for you. Inevitably there will be tiny ink smudges here and there. I've decided the overall effect is well worth the imperfections. And also, no one else ever notices. So shush that inner-perfectionist and enjoy your creations!
If you do this project, would you be so kind as to share a link? I'd love to see what you create!
For another Valentine idea, check out my DIY Cake Topper from a couple weeks back.