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DIY Trick or Treat Bag

Every kid needs a trick or treat bag, whether it be a little tote bag or even just a pillowcase. Get it ready for Halloween by adding one of our stencils! 

This project is easy as can be, with just a few simple steps and materials. We’ll be using a process similar to this project, where we paint a t-shirt using a sponge and ink. 


Step 1).  Prep you fabric surface

DIY Trick or Treat Bag Materials
Before starting, you’re going to want to iron out a flat area to print on. Next, cut a piece of cardboard or a similar material and place it inside the bag. This will prevent paint from bleeding through to the other side. 

Step 2). Peel and place stencil

Slowly and gently peel your stencil off of its backing. For more instructions on how to use the stencil without ripping it, check out this article about adhesive stencils.

Place your stencil in your desired location on your bag. 

To secure each piece of the stencil to your surface, we recommend rolling a cylindrical object against the stencil. This can be a can, cup, rolling pin, etc. 

Use a cup to help flatten your stencil

Step 3). Paint

Mix your desired paint color, today we used orange. Arrange the paint so that you can dip a sponge in it, then dab out excess paint (like a paper plate). 

When using a stencil and sponge, it is important that you do not use a lot of paint at a time. After dipping your sponge in paint, dab it on a paper towel or other surface. We recommend using makeup sponges because they are dense and are able to distribute small amounts of paint at a time. 

After your paint is prepared, use your sponge to dab it onto the stencil design. Bounce the sponge up and down to get the most even coverage. 

Dabbing paint onto a stencil

Step 4). Remove stencil

Once the stencil is covered in paint, you can peel it off. 

If you would like to, you can iron the painted area once it is dry to help seal it. This is especially helpful if you plan on washing the fabric often. 

Peeling off adhesive stencil

 Added bonus: Phoebe's going for a ride!

Phoebe in trick or treat bag

Be safe out there, and Happy Halloween!

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