Did you know you can screen print on paper too? Today, I’m making cookie bags for teacher appreciation week. I am customizing the bags using Speedball Acrylic Ink and screen printing with Oracal 651 vinyl. I found the paper bags at Hobby Lobby but you can also get them on Amazon in bulk.
First, you will create your design using your Cricut or Silhouette machine and cut it on Oracal 651 (don’t forget to mirror the image). Then, transfer the design to the back of your screen. Squeegee the ink over the screen onto your bag.
With my method of screen printing using vinyl, you can easily personalize dozens of bags with one piece of vinyl! Watch the tutorial video below to see this process!
- Speedball 10x14 Screen Printing Frame
- Speedball Acrylic Ink
- Speedball Squeegee
- Hobby Lobby Paper Bags or you can get 100 ct bags for cheaper on Amazon
- Oracal 651 and Cricut Cutting Machine
- Free Cut File from LoveSVG
TIP: To line up my screen and bags, I used a marker to create guide lines. I did the same for the corners of the screen (you can’t see this in the video). This allowed me to easily line up bag after bag and ensure the design printed in the correct spot.
Screen printing is a great DIY way to personalize paper bags for favors or gifts. It would be a great project for brides looking to print personalized bags for wedding favors or candy bar bags.
Learn more about screen printing with vinyl and your Cricut or Silhouette in my ebook “A Complete Guide to Screen Printing with Craft Vinyl”.