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DIY Stenciled Trick or Treat Bags

DIY Stenciled Trick or Treat Bags

How cute are these DIY stenciled trick or treat bags? With all the excitement around picking a Halloween costume, the trick or treat bag can be an afterthought, but it doesn’t have to be! These bags are fun to make and are a lot more memorable than the traditional plastic pumpkin. I’m partnering with Martha Stewart Crafts® to show how you can decorate a plain white tote bag with Martha Stewart stencils to create just the right bag for your trick-or-treater. Or better yet, let your kids make their own bags! 

These Martha Stewart Halloween stencils were perfect for creating this witch trick-or-treat bag. I used the same pack to create the spider version above, which also uses a Martha Stewart Crackle Silkscreen for the background.

DIY Witch Trick or Treat Bag

Martha has lots of kid-approved stencils available exclusively at Michaels for you to customize your bag to your child’s costume including these    . Have a princess for Halloween? This royal stencil pack is just what you need!

DIY Princess Trick or Treat Bag

What about a superhero? Then use this Martha Stewart Comics Stencil pack along with bright colors from the Martha Stewart Family Friendly Multi-Surface Paints.

DIY Superhero Trick or Treat Bag

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Supplies for DIY Stenciled Trick or Treat Bags

Supplies for stenciled trick-or-treat bags

How to Make DIY Stenciled Trick or Treat Bags

1. Start by ironing the canvas tote bag to remove any wrinkles. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the bag (the packaging from the stencils works great!). This will prevent paint from seeping through to the back of the bag.

Supplies for princess trick or treat bag

2. Choose the stencils you would like to use and cut them out from the pack, leaving plenty of border around them. Peel off the adhesive backing and arrange the stencils on the front of the tote bag.

3. Choose your paint colors and squeeze a small amount of each on a paper plate. Press a foam pouncer into the paint and then dab off the excess before applying to the stencil.

Stenciling princess bag

4. Continue covering the stencil with paint, working with one color at a time. Carefully peel of the stencil while the paint is still wet to reveal your design. Immediately rinse off the stencil and foam pouncers to keep them working great for future projects.

Princess stencils

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How to make your own trick or treat bags

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts®. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.