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Print on Brown Paper Bags

Here is a little trick to print on lunch bags. It took me a few tries to get this right but then it was pretty simple. The secret is to tape down the flaps before you put it in the printer. This would be great for back to school lunches or if you want to brand bags for your wedding or party. If you just use flat paper bags without the flap then you can put them directly in the printer.

Materials: Brown Lunch Sack, Masking tape, Printer

Step 1: Open a program like Adobe Illustrator or even MS Word will work. Make the document size the same size as the paper bag. Create the artwork or words you want to print on the bag.
Step 2: Tape down the opening and tape the flap of the paper bag to the side with the seam. Put the bag in the printer, opening side first.
Step 3: Push print but be sure to change the setting on the printer for extra thick paper.
Step 4: Remove tape and you are ready to go. Β Tip: If you try to print on the lower part of the bag it won’t print well because of the flap.

  1. Hanneke @ Oh beautiful world

    August 9, 2012

    Wow this looks awesome! Gonna try this!

  2. Samira

    August 9, 2012

    that is so cool!!

  3. Yvette

    August 9, 2012


  4. Meredith

    August 9, 2012

    Great idea for party goodie bags as well!!!

  5. Evani G

    August 9, 2012

    This is what Oh Happy Day does best, simple but AWESOME projects! Thanks Jordan and team!


  6. Amy P

    August 9, 2012

    I agree with Evani – these are the types of things I love to see on Oh Happy Day!

  7. Amy P

    August 9, 2012

    Also…no chance you’re going to share the documents for those awesome designs, is there?

  8. Deborah @ImpulseSave

    August 9, 2012

    These are awesome! What a great idea for the first day of school and nervous little ones πŸ™‚

  9. Cindy

    August 9, 2012

    Just bought some preprinted paper lunch bags. But this is even much better. Gonna try it,

  10. Karen A.

    August 9, 2012

    What a great idea! Doing it!

  11. Mom in Mendon

    August 9, 2012

    I would have used this a hundred times through the years. I may yet.

  12. Lisette

    August 9, 2012

    A printed bag sure makes taking your lunch to school a bit more special.

  13. Jordan

    August 9, 2012

    Love love love this.
    So simple yet so cute.

    You guys have THE BEST diy’s!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity for us to enjoy!


  14. Tara of Mad Max and Family

    August 9, 2012

    I love this! What a GREAT idea. Thank you. Growing up my Mom would leave me notes in my lunch sometimes – it’s so sweet.

    I use to do that for my husband. Maybe I should remember to do that more. I can’t wait to do that for my kids when they are big enough to understand / read.


  15. Nicole | Outdoor Entertaining

    August 9, 2012

    What a great idea – you could make stylish and clever little doggie bags for guests to take home their leftovers after a summer party. Thanks for the idea.

  16. Amy

    August 9, 2012

    Love? What font did u use? Love it

  17. Amy

    August 9, 2012

    Love! What font is this? Love it

  18. Carmen Ho

    August 10, 2012

    Love your font!

  19. Gina_AcuteDesigns

    August 10, 2012

    Love this and am trying it today!

  20. designer handbag imitation

    August 10, 2012

    Wow. That looks great

  21. Jill Hampton

    August 10, 2012

    Wow, what a great idea! I will definetly be using this one!

  22. Bellenza Bistro

    August 12, 2012

    Always wondered how that was done! Love this idea for DIY wedding or party favors. Thanks!

  23. Floris

    August 12, 2012

    Thanks for the idea! I made my own version for take-home treat bags for our wedding. πŸ™‚

  24. Anneliese

    August 13, 2012

    Love this! Can’t wait to think up a party use for them. Thank you!

  25. Jess

    August 14, 2012

    So simply, but very clever. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Kelly

    August 14, 2012

    Love this, such a great idea!

  27. Lisha @ 1house1couple

    August 17, 2012

    Those are so cute! I wonder at what age do kids start getting embarrassed by things like this, or is it cool to do all through high school even? πŸ˜‰

    This would even be cool to do for the hubs.


  28. aJ

    August 17, 2012

    Too cute! I love things like this πŸ™‚ I have linked to this post on my blog at – Thanks!

  29. Louise

    August 18, 2012

    A really great idea for so many different occasions! Great DIY! I love to craft and come up with great ideas….I think we’ll be great friends πŸ˜‰

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