Monday, October 17, 2016

Make a Trick-or-Treat Bag for Halloween

I had a Halloween party last week with kids from 20 months to 8 years old. The one activity that they ALL loved? Making trick-or-treat bags! You don't need to have a party for this craft, though - you can do it at home after a single trip to the craft store.




You will need:
  • Canvas bags (I bought orange ones at Michael's for $3 each)
  • Black felt (about 33 cents a piece)
  • Glue or glue dots
  • Fabric paint or markers (regular Sharpies work just as well as fancy fabric markers)
  • Decorations: jewels, glitter, ribbon, etc.


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First wash the bags. This gets rid of... I don't know. Canvas residue? Anyhow, the glue directions said to wash the fabric first, so do it.


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I cut jack-o-lantern faces out of felt, and the kids glued on the faces, sequins, and small jewels. I had the kids using real glue, but I'd recommend glue dots instead (they are like stickers, but they work like glue). That way, you don't have to worry about drying time. We also used fabric paint to decorate the bags, but markers would work just as well.


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I also had ribbon for the kids to glue or tie onto their bags. I used a lighter to seal the ends and prevent fraying: just hold the flame close to the edge of the ribbon, and it melts a teeny bit.

The bags ended up being really bright and reflective, which will be great for trick-or-treating! All of the kids at the party loved decorating their bags - even my 20-month-old!


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This is definitely a messy craft, especially if you use fabric paint or Sharpies, so make sure the kids are wearing old clothes!


If you're looking for another Halloween craft, check out these giant pom pom spiders! They are just for parents (or older kids), but they only take 10 minutes to make, which leaves you lots of time to watch TV after the kids go to bed.

10-minute Giant Pom Pom Spiders



11 comments :

  1. Such cute bags! I love simple crafts that kids can't really do 'wrong'.

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  2. This looks so easy! I'm going to do this with my daughter even though she's 9, she and her friends still love crafty stuff.

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  3. I love this idea! Such a great craft!

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  4. I love how simple and easy but still FUN your crafts are. Perfect!

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  5. Very cute and so easy to do too - thanks!

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  6. Love this! And it's great that they are reusable. My kids have bags they have used for the last 4 years. :)

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  7. Love that's is so easy! And glitter does make everything better, doesn't it?

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  8. Love this craft! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Awe, this is so great, and I love the pic of the kids creating! Another fab idea!! :-)

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  10. great idea, this would be a fun craft for sure

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