Kids always enjoy holiday crafting, and what could be better than a project that holds a bunch of candy and glows in the dark? These DIY trick-or-treat bags are a great craft for kids and parents to make together. Plus, once you have the basic technique down the possibilities are only limited by your own creativity.
For this project you will need:
- A canvas bag
- A Halloween template (Pick your favorite here)
- Freezer paper
- A craft knife
- A cutting mat
- A pencil
- Glow-in-the-dark craft paint
- A sponge applicator
- An iron tape
To get started, pick a spooky shape for your bag. For best results, you’ll want to use silhouette images. Once you have your graphic, use a word processor to add a Halloween message and print.
Next, place your print out on the cutting mat and tape a piece of freezer paper, shiny side down, on top. Use a pencil to trace the image and words onto the freezer paper.
Remove the print out and re-tape the freezer paper onto the cutting mat. Use the craft knife to carefully cut out the image and letters. Don’t forget to keep the inside of any letters (here we had two pieces to keep track of with the “b” and one piece for the “o”).
Next, iron your canvas bag and place the freezer paper shiny side down on top. Carefully iron the freezer paper onto the bag, taking care to securely press all edges onto the fabric to prevent the paint from bleeding.
Once the freezer paper is attached, place a scrap piece of cardboard or thick paper inside the bag to prevent the paint from seeping through to the back side. Use a straight up and down motion to blot the paint onto the stencil with the sponge applicator.
Apply two to three layers of paint, allowing a few hours of drying time between each coat.
All that’s left to do is to send the kids out trick-or-treating to fill their new bags with candy.
Not only is the glow-in-the dark effect super cool, it also comes with the added bonus of making your kids easier to see on a dark Halloween night.
Image credits: Stephanie Morgan