Ready To Make Some DIY Halloween Treat Bags?
The end of October can be a fun family time to dress up and get out in your community. As a paper craft lover, you don’t have to simply hand out plain ole boring candy. You can make these DIY Halloween treat bags and be the talk of the neighborhood.
Learn step-by-step in this photo tutorial how to put these together:
Step 1: Cut Your Paper in 6 x 6 Pieces
Two pieces of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper (DSP) will make 5 treat bags. For this demonstration, I’ve gone ahead and cut two pieces of identical 12 x 12 DSP Into 6 x 6 pieces, making 8 pieces of 6 x 6 DSP.
Obviously, the paper packs that are sold in 6 x 6 packs are also great for this project. Again being Captain Obvious here, you cut each piece of 12 x 12 in half one way, and then cut those two halves in half to make 4 pieces from 1 sheet.
Step 2: Cut Your Paper With Your Large Bag Thinlit
These treat bags are made with the Mini Treat Bags Thinlits Dies as shown above. The two largest are the ones that make the bag. You can use the other ones for decoration for the bags and any other project you have.
The first step is to place the largest die onto your paper in the Big Shot. You need the base, the thin die adapter, you first acrylic sheet, the DSP, your die, and the second acrylic sheet on top.
I use a post it note to make sure that the die stays in place. Run it through the big shot forward and backward. It might feel tight and like you’re breaking it. You’re not.
Step 3: Cut Your Second Paper With Your Small Bag Thinlit
Next, you’ll use the smaller die and do the same thing. Notice this only takes half of the 6 x 6 sheet. So out of the 8 sheets of 6 x 6 paper, you’ll cut 5 pieces of paper with the large die cut. With the next two pieces you will cut two of the smaller dies out of each, then on the last sheet you will cut one small die and the leave the last half to use in your decorations. This gives you enough to make the five treat bags.
Step 4: Attach The Two Cuts
Now that you have your two cuts of paper, you need to attach them together. The smaller die cut will be attached to the left side of the larger die cut. As you can see, when this is completed it will have a middle section and two flaps on the side when attached.
Make sure all the jagged edges are at the top as shown above. The smaller die cut will have a tab on the right side of it. You’ll place your adhesive (I used multi-purpose liquid glue) on that tab, and place the large piece over that tab.
Line them up as shown above and press them together.
Step 5: Turn, Fold, and Glue
The next step in completing our DIY Halloween treat bags is to turn it over, fold in the two sides and glue them together. I did this by folding in the left side first, placing glue on the outside rim of it, and then bringing the right side over. When you are finished, it will look like this:
Step 6: Fold and Glue the Bottom Flap
The final step is to apply adhesive to the bottom flap, and fold it up as shown above. When you turn it over you’ll have a completed bag as shown below:
Step 7: Decorate your DIY Halloween Treat Bags
When you get your treat bags made, you can decorate them however you like from simple to very detailed. As you can see, the one on the left simply has some small wooden embellishments and some espresso colored twine that I had left over from a Paper Pumpkin box.
On the middle bag, I chose to cut and create it with the opposite side of the paper showing outward. Then, I cut out the haunted house from a left over piece of DSP, and used the extra framelits included in the treat bag set to make the banners and the word “enjoy”.
Finally, On the last bag in the photo, I went all out. I used the “Witches Brew with Scream and Sugar” stamp from the “Merry Cafe” set. I also used a Stampin Marker to make little dots around the stamp to make it “pop” more.
The coffee cup (from the coffee cups framelits) is sitting on a circle from the layering circle framelits set. The green sprigs I added for just a pop of different color. Those come from the patterned pumpkin thinlits dies. Finally, I used silver metallic thread around and around like a spider web. With so many details, it makes a very fun bag.
Make Your Own DIY Halloween Treat Bags
You’re ready to make your own set of DIY Halloween treat bags! You’ll get an array of different looks and styles since DSP paper packs have so many front and back designs. Enjoy handing them out to the kids in your neighborhood. I’m sure they’ll tell their friends to not miss your house this year!
Money Saving Tip
Always check the clearance rack for discounted designer series paper (DSP). I found a pack of last years Halloween paper on sale in August. That way, I only paid about half the price for the pack.
As I mentioned, you can get five treat bags from two identical 12 x 12 sheets of DSP. Usually a pack contains 12 pieces of DSP (2 of each design). This means a full pack will make 30 mini treat bags. In this way, each bag (before decorations) is only going to cost you around 16 to 20 cents to make.
Another thing I did was to use up papers from other DSP packs that I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to use the paper. For instance, in the “Naturally Eclectic” pack I liked most of the designs; but, there were one or two that I was perplexed about. (Does this happen to you?) Making them up as Halloween treat bags is a great way to put those papers to good use.
To get your own supplies to make DIY Halloween treat bags, visit my Stampin Up website.
- Cardstock in a coordinating color to the base
- A stamp set with Halloween images or messages
- Clear blocks if you’re using photopolymer or clear stamps
- Whisper White Cardstock
- Layering Circle Framelits Dies
- Accents and Embellishments
- Coffee Cups framelits Dies
- Silver Metallic Thread
- Merry Cafe Stamp Set