Broke Girl Bakery: It’s in the bag!!

Every bakery and restaurant has to go bags for their products and why should our bakery project be any different? I’ve seen several different printables available from various websites, so cute! I’m going to show you two other options that don’t require much cutting or gluing. Neither is going to break the bank either!

The super easy: these favor boxes that you can buy at Dollar Tree. You get 12 of them for $1.00 and they go together easily and quickly. Plus you can personalize them any number of ways–stickers, rubber stamping, draw on them, print things from your computer. These are very durable too. Uh, I’ll take a chocolate donut please!

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Another easy option: fold your own from a business sized envelope. This is another thing I learned from my card making friend Maureen (who showed me the honeycomb/bubblewrap trick!) and I have fond memories of learning this little gem. Why you ask? Well, all of the gals in the office I used to work in were all in the same card making class, and the next day after the mail came, we carefully opened a number of the envelopes and practiced our technique!

All you need is a business sized envelope (you will get two bags out of this), a pencil, scissors and a ruler.

Step one: seal the envelope. One little tip I will give you is to make sure that the envelope has glue the entire way. I’ve noticed some of the “no lick” ones aren’t always glued the whole way, so you may need some adhesive to fill in that empty space. It won’t fold as nicely if you don’t do that, so I highly recommend doing that, particularly in the corner.

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See where there is no adhesive–glue that!


Step two: measure in 4 inches from the side of the sealed envelope and mark it for a cutting line. Then cut the envelope on that mark so you end up with an envelope “pocket”. You can do the same with the other end.

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Step three: measure 1/2 inch on the 3 closed sides of the envelope and make a couple of small pencil marks. Do not mark the open end.

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Step four: On your 1/2 inch marks, fold each of the three sides. Unfold and then refold on that same measurement the opposite direction. You will need to do this several times so you have a nice, hard crease.

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Step five: using the open end, start to pull the envelope open into a square. You may need to use your hand in the open end to help shape it. When you are done you’ll have two triangles at the bottom.

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You can use a bit of adhesive to glue those triangles to the bottom–and voila, you have a bag!

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You can decorate the bag however you like, if you choose to do so at all. You can also make different size bags by using different sized envelopes as well as changing the measurements for your fold lines. Glue ribbons on for handles. The possibilities are endless. Experiment, it can be fun!

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Looks like someone had fun at the bakery, doesn’t it?!?!?! 🙂
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