Yep, I made my wedding invitations from grocery bags #Invitations#custom invitations#diy invitations#eco-friendly#eco-friendly invitations#invitations#recycling Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Oct 11 2011) Guest post by Irene We started with wanting to make the invitations ourselves and wanting to use kraft paper. The thing is that kraft paper is expensive… but old recycled Whole Foods brown bags are free! I had hoped to make the whole invitation and envelope with these bags, but once I ran some test jobs on our not-so-bright and not-so-powerful ink jet printer (I definitely wanted color color color and lots of it) I realized the invites were all dulled out by the brown bag. Here is my advice to others that want to try paper bag invitations, or something similar: No matter how perfectly I cut out the paper bag into 8.5×11 pieces, the inkjet printer would NOT recognize it as paper. I had to tape each piece onto a piece of copy paper and trick the paper to go through. I had to do this eighty times. (YES I reused the same piece of white paper until it jammed a couple of times and then I would replace it.) It really helped when I ironed the paper bag. It gave it a little stiffness and got out many of the creases and wrinkles and definitely helped prevent many jams in the printer after I adopted this strategy. If you find a typo AFTER you have mailed half the invitations or licked and sealed the rest, there is nothing you can do except text your best friend obscenities about what a moron you are and try your best not to shake your boyfriend out of bed because he didn't catch it. Chances are, your guests will not care and they will be able to figure it out. It just means you ar not as perfect as you thought. 😉 Guest post written by Irene Irene is ready to get married on a farm in central Austin, TX. She's recreational/functional biker, gardener, and absolutely obsessed with their four chickens. She loves to cook and make people happy through food. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/Irene12 PREVIOUS Becky & Aaron's nerdtastic offbeat lite robot wedding NEXT Save dough and customize your wedding books and invites with Mixbook Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] these look great!! Reply totally love this idea. Reply I do like this… and my mind is twirling with other uses. Reply fantastic idea! Reply I am SO totally impressed. Good work!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.