This post is sponsored by Curate.
Sometimes the simplest projects can have the biggest impact. Inspired by the brilliant combinations in Curate Snack bars, stamps and colorful ink come together to give life and personality to otherwise boring canvas bags. Today on IBC, I’m showing you how I made these DIY Stamped Snack Bags.
In my family (as in most families in my hometown), food and snacks are an important way of showing love and reaching out. At any event, no matter how big or small, there will be food. If someone passes away. you take the family a dish. If a new neighbor moves in, you bake them cookies. “What can I bring?” is a common phrase around these parts.
Food is also an essential part of road trips. When my mom and I went to NYC, she packed a goody bag with homemade energy bites, apples, and water. When she and her husband went on a trip to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, I gave them a big backpack of snacks. You get the idea.
Home or away, it always nice to have some snacks handy, and this got me thinking. Why not create unique and beautiful ways to carry and share those snacks? As many of you know, for the past few months, I’ve been working with Curate Snack bars. If you’re new to IBC or haven’t heard of Curate yet, it’s a line of delicious bars made of unique ingredients with bold and distinctive flavor combinations. The bars contain protein, plant-based fiber, and sweetener from natural sources. Plus, they are non-GMO and gluten-free with no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. And on top of all that, they are pretty darn delicious.
Inspired by the Curate Snack bars and their colorful packaging, I thought these DIY Stamped Snack Bags would be the perfect way to carry around all of the food and snacks (that we apparently can’t be without).
Using a few fun stamps and thirty minutes of craft time, here’s what I came up with.
Naturally, I pulled inspiration from my own life, so these designs might not come as a surprise. First up, to suit the season, a pumpkin spice-inspired bag was in order.
Simple graphic text reading “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” makes you think of a pumpkin when it’s embellished with a green leaf at the top. Can you imagine receiving this packed with Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls? Um, yes please!
Adele also worked her way into my crafting. With “Hello It’s Me” on one side of the tote and “Hello From the Other Side” on the opposite side, I created a cute play on words. This one might be my favorite.
I think this would be great to give to a new neighbor. I’d load it up with Curate Snack bars, a few homemade goodies, and a list of fun things to-do in the area.
This stamping technique (which I’ll show you in a moment) also works on smaller bags.
This zipper pouch is just the thing to stuff with goodies for your next “snack attack.” A zippered pouch keeps everything organized when tossed in another bag, your car, or even your luggage.
I found these little cloth bags which are the perfect size to hold one snack.
What I also love is that they are multi-purpose. You could use them as a surprise in your child’s lunch box, party favors for a shower or wedding, upgraded Halloween gifts, or even a way to dress up a table setting at a dinner party. I always enjoy giving my guests something small to take with them, and these customizable bags are sure to please.
As you can see, the ideas for these stamped bags, especially when using the alphabet stamps, are only limited by your creativity.
While the process for making these is simple, let me walk you through the steps.
DIY Stamped Snack Bags
For this project you will need:
Canvas / fabric bags
Pigment ink stamp pads
To start off, decide what you want on your bag and plan how you want it laid out. Because you’re stamping with ink, there is little room for error.
There are a variety or rubber stamps available in stores and online. I recommend these clear letter stamps. They work with a clear stamping block. You can spell out whatever you’d like on the block and since it’s clear, you can see exactly where you are stamping. I love that feature.
With your layout figured out and your stamp ready, load the stamper with ink. For this project, you’ll want pigment ink stamp pads since these work best on fabric*.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s little room for error. You may want to practice on a piece of paper or scrap fabric to get your technique down before moving on to your bag.
After you stamp once, you’ll need to load more ink before stamping again.
Continuing stamping until you’re happy with the completed design. Allow the bag to dry for a few hours before using.
And that’s it, folks. It’s really that simple.
Cute, colorful, and customizable bags for all your snacking and food-giving needs. Even if your family or neighborhood isn’t as hung up on food as mine is, gift giving is always in style, and this is such a fun and personalized way to do it.