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.
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.
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.
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!
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.