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Make your own colourful produce bags

22 Jul 2020

Personalise your reusable produce bags using actual produce as stamps! This is a fast and fun project that the kids can help with too. Grab some fruit and vegetables, a few of your favourite Resene testpot colours and some cloth produce bags.

You will need:

  • Reusable produce bags – Sarah purchased these ones from Kmart
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 2 carrots
  • A sharp knife
  • Resene testpots in your choice of colours – Sarah used Resene Home Run, Resene Smitten and Resene Big Bang
  • Resene testpot brushes
  • Small artist brushes

Step 1 Iron your produce bags to remove creases. Prepare them for painting by inserting a protective sheet of card or plastic so the paint won’t seep through to the other side.

Step 2 Choose your paint colours. Sarah went for three cheerful choices: Resene Home Run, Resene Smitten and Resene Big Bang.

Step 3 Cut your fruit and vegetables in half to make the stamps.   Look for fruit and vegetables with interesting shapes and textures.

Step 4 Remove any excess moisture from the cut fruit with a paper towel. Apply your chosen paint colour to the cut face of the fruit using a testpot brush and then stamp it onto the bags. Reapply paint as needed for subsequent prints. You may even like to add two colours to one stamp. Then, add any extra details using small artist brushes.

Step 5 Wait for your paint to completely dry before removing your inserts.


It will be difficult to forget these colourful produce bags on your next supermarket trip. You can even colour code them so you know what belongs in each bag. Clockwise from top left: apple print in Resene Home Run, orange print in Resene Big Bang, carrot print in Resene Smitten, carrot print in Resene Home Run, orange print in Resene Smitten and Resene Big Bang and carrot print in Resene Big Bang and Resene Home Run. The background is painted in Resene Picton Blue.