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How To Print Onto Paper Bags

How To Print Onto Paper Bags

Have you always wondered how people print onto paper bags? If yes, you’re not alone. Many other people out there are always searching for answers on how to print on paper bags.

We’ve come up with this guide to show you how to print on paper bags.

What you’ll need:

  • A printer
  • A pair of scissors
  • The paper bag to be printed on
  • Regular computer paper
  • Tape

How to Print onto a Paper Bag:

First of all, you’ll need to prepare the design you want to be printed onto the paper bag.

If you don’t have an idea how to come up with a design, simply create a document (dimensions: 5×10 inch) using Photoshop or any other editing software of your choice and enter the text and image you’d want to appear on the paper.

When the design is ready, turn your paper bag with the flap side down and then tape it to the standard computer paper. The idea behind taping is to prevent jams and crooked prints.

Avoid using a strong tape since you’ll have to peel the bag from the paper after the printing process is over (light scotch tape or the painter’s tape will do).

Assuming your printer is ready, load it at this step and hit the print option.

Remove the paper when the printing is complete, peel off the tape. Now you’ve got a printed paper bag that you can put a gift in and send to your friends.

Printing on a Grocery Paper Bag:

The first step you’ll need to take is removing the bag handles to enhance easy printing. You can easily reattach the handles later.

Tape down the bottom of this paper bag. You might also consider taping the top closed.

Load your printer and hit the print button and your print will be ready in a few minutes.

Last, take off the tape and reattach the handles (hot gluing them in place will work) to make the bag ready for use.


So, these are the two main methods you can use to print on paper bags.

As you can see, there’s nothing complicated when it comes to printing those appealing images and text on the paper bags you want to use to send gifts to your friends.

Plus, making your own papers is also cheap compared to buying ready-made or hiring someone to customize them for you.

James M. Rai has been screen printing T-shirts and other textiles professionally and as a hobby for more than 15 years. During that time, he owned and operated a small screen printing shop in northern California for more than 7 years. More recently, James has gotten involved with Cricut and other cutting machines.