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DIY Tutorial: Color-Blocked Drawstring Favor Bags

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color blocked muslin favor bags

I’ve always been a fan of the color-blocked and paint dipped looks, but even more so when they’re EASY to create! These color-blocked favor bags are exactly that… all you need are a few basic craft materials + plain drawstring muslin bags (which I bought here).

This look is versatile enough to work with almost any party theme, but we added the party circles and square favor tags from our Swim Party Collection to customize them for a recent poolside blogger event and a backyard swim party. And for the inside of the bags? Swedish Fish, of course! ;)

color blocked favor bag tutorial step 2

Read on for details on how to make this fun little party project yourself…


color blocked favor bag materials

Color Blocked Drawstring Favor Bags Tutorial

You’ll Need:
– small drawstring muslin favor bags
– acrylic craft paint
– paintbrush
– painter’s tape
– (optional embellishments) favor tags or party circles + pins

Step 1: Tape off each of the bags, creating a triangle-shaped area where the paint will go.

color blocked favor bag tutorial step 1

Step 2: Cut small pieces of cardstock to insert into the bags so that wet paint doesn’t bleed through to the back. (You’ll leave these in until the paint is completely dry.)


Step 3: Paint on the color! Be generous with the coverage, and rest assured that the painter’s tape will do all the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a straight line. :)

color blocked favor bag tutorial step 3

Once the paint is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape and paper inserts, then fill the bags with your gift/treat of choice.

For the finishing touch, add a themed favor tag or party circle for embellishment:

color blocked swim party favor bags with candy

(I used small safety pins to attach the square favor tags to the bags and bar pin backs to attach the party circles.) For a cute swim/pool party display, set the finished favors on a tray lined with a striped beach towel:

DIY swim party favor bags


Credits & Shopping Resources:

– Styling, Photography, & Design: Hostess with the Mostess
– Swim Party Collection: available on Etsy
– Muslin Bags & Striped Beach Towels: Amazon


By |2016-12-25T10:08:56+00:00July 30th, 2014|Free Printables, Outdoor Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.