Use stencils to personalise your favour bags and upgrade a simple paper bag into a work of art.

Nato Welton

Choose the stencil you want to use. Place it on to the paper bag and, with a stencil sponge, dab the paint over the cut-out area. Once dry, fold the top of the bag over and make two holes in the fold with a hole punch. Fill the bag with sweets and finish by threading the ribbon through the holes and tying a bow.

FABULOUS FAVOURS YOU WILL LOVE

Paper favour bags, £6 for 20, peachblossom.co.uk. Gold ribbon, £1.75 for 3m; acrylic paint, £3 for 120ml; and aluminium palette, £1.50, paperchase.co.uk. Stencils, from £6.35, stencil-library.com. Stencil sponges, £3.36 for three, fredaldous.co.uk. Hole punch, £11.79, hobbycraft.co.uk. Tall glass bon-bon jar, £63; tall cylindrical jar, £38; and small cookie jar, £7.95, homeandgiftonline.com. Sweets, from £1, a bag, sweetsinthecity.co.uk. Flowers in vase (peonies), £35, absoluteflowersandhome.com 

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As seen in the November/December 2013 issue of Brides