Inside: DIY Halloween treat bags the kids will love to help decorate!
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How many eyes do monsters have? Let your little ones decide as they decorate these adorable DIY Halloween treat bags. It’s easy to make your own bags from just a sheet of construction paper or scrapbook paper (see below).
DIY Halloween Treat Bags
A few days ago, I made one of these treat bags and left it sitting out on the kitchen table for my girls to see. Sure enough, as soon as they saw it they were eager to make their own. Isabella wanted 7 big eyes on hers. We had to print off another page of eyes so that Sophie could have some of the larger ones too.
My twins, who are 9 now (!) were able to make the bags themselves with just a little help from me. For kids any younger than that, I’d probably make up the bags ahead of time and just have the children decorate them.
DIY Halloween Treat Bags – Supplies
If you want to cut corners, you can use ready-made treat bags (affiliate), and then just print out eyes and teeth from my template for the kids to cut and glue onto the bags. But making the bags yourself is really quick once you’ve made the first one and understand how it works.
- Rectangular colored craft paper or construction paper
- Craft glue
- Printout of Monster Eyes and Teeth
Related: Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas
DIY Halloween Treat Bags – Bag Instructions
Read through these instructions before you start. If you feel uncertain, you can make a practice bag from a sheet of paper from your recycling bin. I promise once you get the hang of it that these are easy to make!
Fold & Glue the Paper into a Sleeve
1. Fold the craft paper almost in half horizontally (what teachers call a hamburger fold), except leave a ½ inch margin on one side, as shown above. Apply glue to the ½ inch part.
2. Fold the glued edge over as shown.
Form the Bottom of the Bag
3. Fold the short side up about 2 inches.
4. On a flat surface, re-open your short side fold as shown, one side at a time. This will create a triangular pattern on each side.
5. Flatten the open parts neatly. This will create 2 open sides, like flaps.
6. Fold the top flap down as shown.
7. Similarly, fold the bottom flap upwards, overlapping the open edge of the previous side. Glue the overlapped flaps to secure the bottom of the bag. Take care to glue only the flaps and not the inside of the bag.
Finesse the Sides of the Bag
8. Notice the 2 squares formed on both sides of the bottom (you can see them clearly in the Step 7 photo). Fold the long sides of the bag as shown, matching the corners of those squares. This will create crease lines on the sides of the bag.
9. Unfold the folds and pop open the bag. Note that the middle folds along the sides will be going the wrong way.
10. Carefully re-fold these middle folds so that they fold inward rather than outward. Now your bag is ready to decorate!
Make it a Monster!
11. Cut out the eyes and teeth you like from the Monster Eyes and Teeth template.
12. Take the bag and fold 2 inches from the top open end. Glue the eyes on the folded part, keeping about half of the eye outside the folded part.
13. Similarly, glue the other eye (or eyes!)
14. Glue the teeth inside (between the 2 parts of the fold) the fold along the top open end.
Related: Monster Learning Activity Ideas
Now all you have to do is decide what fun treats to put in your adorable little Halloween treat bags. My girls are voting for candy corn. I’m thinking we need to add in some cute little monster toys too! (affiliate)