I'm doing a decorating class for a birthday party with some young girls and I'm looking for a way to keep the bags closed for them so they don't have to keep twisting them closed.
Does anyone have any tips on how to keep the bags closed?
Put twist ties at the end of the bags. you want to leave about an inch of space between the opening of the bag and where you place the twist tie. BUT you also want to have some space between the icing and the twist tie, that way when they grab the bag to pipe, the icing has somewhere to go when they squeeze (and it wont come out of the top). I hope that made sense! And I hope thats the answer you were looking for!
Personally, I pipe with an ordinary zip-top bag, with a corner cut out to accommodate the fitting and tip.
Note that I mean at least storage weight, and preferably freezer weight: if you use sandwich weight, you're just asking for a blowout.
I use these little purple guys. I love them
Icing/Frosting Plugs might work well for you.
Heres a link to a good forum post showing Frosting Plugs:
Heres another link demonstrating it on YouTube:
I give gingerbread house decorating lessons and use rubber bands to secure the ends.
Those are all great ideas. I just want to second the frosting plugs. They definitely cut down on the mess.