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How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

How to Seal A Cello Party BagHow To Seal A Cello Party Bag.

Mix and match party bag colours

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag or, what is the best way to seal a party bag is a very popular question we get asked over and over again.

Cello party bags are a popular choice for parties and gifts as they only cost 8p each. Cello party bags are available in a wide range of colours and designs to suit every occasion. Mixing designs and colours are a useful way to identify different recipients and make your own colourful statement.

Features of Cello Party Bags.

Cello Base

Base of party bag

Cello party bags do not have a flat bottom. They are heat sealed at the bottom and have a gusset on either side which allows you to fit quite a lot of items into the party bags. Place flatter and heavier items to the bottom of your party bag, so that they will weigh your party bag down. This helps the party bags to stand upright.

Preparation always helps.

Cello party bags like all plastic party bags are thin so they will crease. If you gather the party bag together and re-tie it a couple of times the creases will show.  A tiny bit of preparation will help you fill and tie your party bags quickly and neatly without creases.

When filling a cello party bag open your party bag wide. This allows you to add your contents and move them around without creasing or damaging the party bag or contents. Consider flat items, heavy items and anything with sharp edges. Bring the top back together again when you are ready to close the bag.

Once you have decided upon the placement of gifts within your party bag, fill party bags with similar contents in the same way.

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

Here are a few of our favourite ways to seal cello party bags:

Twist Ties

Cello Party Bags Twist Ties

Place heavier and flat items at the bottom of the cello party bag, Fold the twist ties in half.

All cello party bags come with twist ties to seal the party bags. The vast majority are silver, however, there are a few coloured ones such as a dark metallic green with the dark green cello party bag and a red plastic twist tie with the Hearts Cello party bag. The Butterflies and Flowers Cello party bag has a white paper twist tie with a metal core.

The twist ties have a metal strip running through them. If you fasten them securely this will keep the party bag closed until you hand them to your guest.

  • Bring the two ends of the twist ties together to mark the centre of the tie, so you have a V-shape

The twist ties are sent out in strips for you to pull individual ties off, so it is easier to mark the centre before you start to separate them.

  • Place your gifts in the party bag. Leave 3 to 4 cm above the tallest gift and then lightly gather the party bag together.
  • When you are happy with the look of the party bag take your twist tie and place the centre of your v-shaped twist tie against one side of the bag. Gather the bag together tightly and start to twist the tie against the gathered part of the party bag.  Once you have made 5 or 6 twists, bring the two ends together if necessary and then wrap the excess around the secured twist tie so you now have a neat metal strip.

Ribbon or Cord

If you do not like the twist ties, ribbon or cord can make the cello party bags look a little more special. Leave the ends loose or, if you have the time we find the best way to achieve the perfect bow is to use the “bunny ears method”. This is the same way as most children learn to tie their shoelaces, so if your child has not reached this stage yet it is great practice.

Bunny Ears

  • Carefully place your gifts into your party bag. Leave 3 or 4 cm above the tallest gift and then lightly gather the party bag together.


  • Fold your ribbon in two, slide one end a few millimetres back and then start to tie a knot using the longest piece to wrap around the shorter side. When you are happy with the look of the party bag fully tighten the bag.


  • Now for the bunny ears, make two loops with each end of the ribbon. The loops should be as long as the bow you require. Check the length of the bow’s tails to ensure they are long enough. If they are too long they can always be trimmed later.


  • Now make one of the loops slightly longer. Knot the two loops together using the longer loop. Tighten the knot when you are happy with the results.


  • Flatten out your bow a little if needed. Rearrange the top of the party bag if required and trim the bow’s tails if necessary.


Fluffy Tops

Once you have gathered and tied your party bag, you can “fluff” out the top of the party bag. To do this place all your fingers together to make a type of beak shape. Place the tip of your “beak” into the top of the party bag so that it touches the gathered part of your party bag. Slowly pull your hand out of the party bag opening and stretching your fingers as you go.

Stickers and Labels

 This is a quick and effective way to seal a party bag, we sell a party bag sticker which allows you to write a message or the name of your guest or alternatively if you have sheets of stickers you can decorate or personalise your own stickers by hand or use clip art and the sticker printing option in “Word” or its equivalent.

Alternatively, if you do not need to name your party bags use stickers of your child’s favourite characters. We think the stickers need to be about 5cm in length to keep the bags sealed securely and you may want to add a couple of stickers to keep the party bag closed.



Cello Parcel with clear tape

Fold the excess party bag down and place it to the back of your gifts. Seal down neatly with clear tape.

This is my favourite and the fast way for sealing cello party bags. It is not as pretty as some of the options but, you can fill and seal a large number of party bags quickly, store them neatly and they stay sealed when you take them to your destination.

  • Place the largest and flattest items at the back of your party bag and add your other contents on top reducing in size. Slide everything into your party bag. Bring the top of the party bag together and fold over two or three times.


  • Fold the excess party bag to the back of your gifts and seal down neatly with clear tape. You now have a little cellophane parcel.


Sticky Clear Discs


A clear party bag seal. Only 3p each

Sticky clear discs are a fast and neat way to seal a party bag. They are neater than a strip of clear tape and can be repositioned without damaging the party bag.


and a few more ideas

These are the most popular and easy to manage methods to seal a party bag.  There are various clever ways to fold plastic bags to seal them without the need for clips or tape. The internet has plenty of videos to show you how to do this but cello party bags will crease. Unless you are an expert at one of these methods your party bags will look very tired and creased.

An alternative idea for smaller parties can be the smaller crocodile type clips suitable for holding photographs or paper. They often come decorated with flowers, we have even had one with a football on it. For now, like most things, it is lost amongst everything else being hoarded in the bedrooms. It will probably reappear over the next few months when it does I will add a photo!



Advent Calendar Gifts

Advent Calendar Gifts.


Christmas is fast approaching but the Advent Calendar Gifts arrive even earlier. The elves collect our Advent calendars on the 30th November and fill them up with presents if the children have been good and are asleep when they arrive. Unfortunately, the elf in charge of Christmas resources two years ago forgot about this task until the very last minute Thankfully the party bag goodies and sweet box flew to the rescue. The elf is now prepared and starts work early on this task, she has learnt her lesson!

We started the “fill your own advent calendar” idea when the children were very young, we bought them a little wooden advent calendar each which we filled with little non-sweet treats and then led them to the calendar each morning for them to find a new gift. There are a number of problems with this

1, We set an expectation which is now as much a part of Christmas as a tree and funky socks for daddy.

2. The drawers in the advent calendar are far too small and are a real nuisance to find something to for them.

3. The children “love” their individual calendars and do not want to change them.

4. They also acquire chocolate advent calendars from friends and family so I really would prefer not to add to the December pre-breakfast sugar load.

The advent calendars used to be easy, a little hair clip, a small plastic dinosaur, all things that were not too expensive and would fit with ease into the tiny drawers. It is now a lot harder, gone are the days where a few cheap hair clips could be spread over a number of days. Our daughter now likes the type of hair accessories that are a lot more expensive and plastic dinosaurs are not even a topic of conversation. It now takes a lot of planning to avoid spending a small fortune on advent calendars and that was never the idea.

advent-calendar-gifts-324 days of small gifts needs quite a lot of a planning. Unfortunately, the children do know just about every product we have in stock and they have acquired many of the items already. To start my planning process off I have been through our shelves to see what would fit into the miniscule drawers (length 3.5cm x width 2.5cm x height 3cm). Hopefully this will give me a little inspiration.



Advent Calendar Gifts- Under 20p each 

Christmas Tattoo 8p each

Smile Eraser 10p each

Christmas Eraser 12p each

Jet Ball 16p each

Finger Fright 19p each

Christmas Stickers 19p a sheet. I am going to cut around the stickers and add them to some of the other gifts.

Stretchy Man 20p


Advent Calendar Gifts- Under 21p to 50p each

Pirate Ring 22p each

Dress Up Ring  22p each

Bead Bracelet 28p each

Stretchy Spider 32p each

Bouncing Putty 35p Each (In internal packaging only)

Smiley Face Punch Balloon 35p each

Snowflake Punch Balloon 35p each

Wooden Bracelet Kit 35p each

Wooden Flower Bracelet 35p each


Advent Calendar Gifts 50p plus 

Marbles 55p per bag. (I have split these over a couple of days)

Wooden Necklaces 60p each

Necklace Kits 85p each.






Advent Calendar Gifts – Christmas 2017 update.

Last year I experimented with a part treasure hunt part gift advent calendar. The treasure hunt was a huge success. I have promised this year’s advent calendar will be all treasure hunt if the children are good and do no try to find the gifts. The main drawback with this “fabulous” idea is that I now have two sets of 24 small gifts to wrap up, two sets of 24 hiding places to find and two sets of clues to write up. I am pacing myself. I have started early and I am only going to hide 8 days worth of gifts at a time…..just incase someone tries to get ahead of themselves.

Gift Calendars

Last year our children were also bought some of the gift advent calendars. One was filled with little bath bombs and soaps, whilst the other was filled with little plastic people and a few items to build. The children were excited, so was I. Hooray the gift advent calendar can be sorted in one quick purchase, my job is redundant. This is definitely the way forward. It certainly looked more exciting than a tiny “bite” of chocolate every day and an awful lot less effort for me on the gifts front.

Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to work your way through 24 mini soaps and bath bombs. In our case a lot longer than the interest in them. The soaps and bath bombs are now sitting on a dish still to be used almost 11 months later. The interest in the plastic characters went before the 24th of December. The build time was a few seconds and that was it. There are now plastic arms, legs and bricks in the bottom of a box never to be reformed. This is okay if you have spent a few pounds but both calendars cost a well in excess of £10 each.

My hopes of a quick solution are dashed, the pre-made gift calendars feel a bit like last years Christmas Crackers. There was a lot of the same type of gift. Opening the door each day was fun but the interest had focused back onto the more traditional calendar before the middle of month. If you have a few children to buy for, or a tight budget this is expensive.

Adventt Calendar Treasure Hunts

I am back in my role of Advent Calendar Elf again. The Treasure Hunt is back on. I have notes on ideas for clues, hiding places and gifts. Some of our new products have been kept a secret so that I will add them to the calendars. I will be organised this year and they will not cost £20 or even anywhere near £10 each.  I will add a few Christmas themed cheaper items at the start of the calendar whilst the novelty is new. Little activities will be saved for weekends and school holidays. The advent calendar gifts will include items the children like so it has meaning and interest to them.

Advent Calendar Gifts

You may think I have started early but we have already had a lot of orders from very organised Calendar Elves already. I have now set up an Advent Calendar Gifts Section. The Advent Calendar Gifts section includes a mix of Christmas and Non-Christmas themed items. I have also included gifts customers have already bought for their calendars. Hopefully, this will help us all with ideas. Gifts start from only 8p each, so, hopefully we can all have fun calendars for a lot less money.