Pattern on Pattern: DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion


DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

When Jeff and I got married, I bought a box of 1,000 glassine bags to use for guest favors at our reception. It was cheaper than buying a smaller amount, so I just went for it.

But then we didn’t actually end up using them at all for the wedding. So, I’ve just been plugging away trying to use them all slowly but surely (for the last 6 years).  And after I found these little pastels candies at a local shop, I decided to paint up a whole bunch of bags to use as a little party favors / treat bags.

It’s a super easy project that would be awesome for parties, weddings, and the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) with a few color tweaks. Here’s how to make your own…

A candy coated paint palette


– glassine bags
– acrylic paint
– paint brush


This concept is so basic I’m not sure instructions are really necessary. It’s really just a matter or painting patterns onto the glassine bags and letting them dry. Once they are completely dry, they’re ready to use.

I put a second glassine bag inside each of the painted ones after they were dry to give them more of a solid look / keep them as food safe as possible. That way, you can add loose cookies and candies, in addition to wrapped candies, etc.

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give these DIY party favor bags a try? I’d love to hear how you would use these and/or what kind of patterns you think would be the most fun for these guys.

13 comments | Click here to reply

Amazing layout in the pictures here and I love the colour scheme. Thank you for the tutorial!


Chacha Natcha | November 5th, 2015 at 8:41 am

Thanks Chacha.

Brittni | November 5th, 2015 at 9:00 am

That’s a cute idea! I bet they would also work for an advent calendar, wouldn’t they?
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Michelle | November 5th, 2015 at 9:17 am

Absolutely, Michelle. An advent calendar would be perfect for this.

Brittni | November 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

I did the same thing with brown paper bags! i still have some 4 years later! And i’ve been doing the same thing.. trying to find some project to use them for! ahahah
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karen | November 5th, 2015 at 12:02 pm

How fun, Karen. I love that idea with brown paper bags as well.

Brittni | November 5th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

These favor bags are super cute! I love the black and white!

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Paige | November 5th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Adorable! Love the idea x

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Lina | November 5th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

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Links to Love - Sarah Hearts | November 6th, 2015 at 8:00 am

How pretty! Those cute bags are such eye candies! Adorable!
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Katya | November 7th, 2015 at 11:12 am

This is so cute! I really love the choice of colors and the patterns. I’d even love to make a gift wrapper version of these!
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Anne | November 9th, 2015 at 10:46 am

Lovingly eye candy! Imagine how little things could affect you. Always pleased to see such bright colours and this just made my day.

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