5 Super-Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make Yourself
Crafts developed by Morgan Levine
Googly-Eye Treat Pail
1. Find an old plastic bucket that you won’t mind decorating. Don’t make it too big—they’re filling it up with candy, after all.
2. Find assorted sizes of googly eyes. They can be big and small, and even different colors.
3. Glue them on in random order all over the bucket. Let them dry completely.
1. Purchase contact paper from your local craft or office supply store.
2. Draw a jack-o-lantern face on the contact paper, and cut out the features to create a stencil. Depending on how big you want the face, you can either use one sheet for the entire bag, or draw the features onto separate sheets of paper for a bigger face.
3. Apply the stencil to the bag, ensuring that there aren’t any air bubbles for paint to seep into.
4. Use black spray paint to fill in the face.
Black and White Treat Bags
1. Stock up on white gift bags and black construction paper. You might also want red paper or markers to make your vampire look extra spooky.
2. Design the faces on the black construction paper, and cut out the features. On some, like the ghost, we cut out the border to leave the body white. On others, like the skeleton, we cut out the dark hollow spaces around his face and in his eyes and nose.
3. Glue them onto the bags and let dry.
4. Go trick-or-treating immediately!
Spooky Spider Treat Pail
1. Purchase an apple pail at the dollar store. The rustic look will make the spiders look right at home. You’ll also need a pack of
plastic spiders—you can usually find them at a party store or craft store.
2. You can glue them on in random order, or in a pattern to make it seem like they’re crawling into the candy.
3. Let them dry, and be ready to spook the neighbors!
Stamped Pumpkin Tote
1. Purchase foam core from your local craft store, and stencil on a drawing of a pumpkin. You can create two different drawings for a varied look (we did a tall and short pumpkin).
2. To create the white space like we did, just use a craft knife to cut out the shape from the top paper layer and foam layer, but leave the bottom paper layer intact to maintain the shape.
3. Paint your homemade “stamps” with acrylic or textile paint, and space them evenly over the tote bag.
4. Use a Sharpie or fabric marker to add leaves and twigs once the paint has dried.
5. Fill up with lots of treats.