How to make a spooky trick or treat bag for Halloween

Here's a fun and easy upcycling project perfect for Halloween! All you need is a funky thrift store t-shirt, chalk, scissors and, this one's optional, glow in the dark fabric paint!

For my Halloween Crafternoon with the North Vancouver City Library, I brought my usual cereal boxes and egg cartons but then brought something different... Thrift store t-shirts! I bought and collected 50 t-shirts for the upcycling workshop. I was hoping all of the workshop participants would be able to upcycle a t-shirt into an awesome trick or treat bag.

Luckily half the t-shirts were donated and half were on average $2 each. This one I splurged on cause it was so darn perfect. It was $4 but so worth it!

First step for making my super duper trick or treat bag was to cut the handles. The handles are created by cutting off the sleeves and making the collar opening uniform.

Once your handles are done then cut the bottom of the t-shirt. You'll want to cut strips that are 1" wide and 3" long. You'll also cut the side seams.

Once you've cut the strips then tie them up to create the bottom of your bag. First knots should use opposite strips - take one strip from the front, one from the back and tie a knot. Do this along the bottom then go back switching partners. This will ensure there are no holes that candy can escape through.

Note: turn your t-shirt inside out if you want to hide the strips.

Now that you have your DIY bag, you can add the design... You can glue gun a felt design, add glittery duck tape or in my sample add glow in the dark fabric paint. You need to add a liberal amount then wait 3-4 hours for it to dry.

Once the paint is dry then you expose it to light to activate the glow. And OMG it works! I added paint to the whiskers and eyes. So kewl!!

I even added more glow in the dark paint - stars and text. I have no doubt this is one of those addictive craft projects! Best trick or treat bag EVER! And this lucky Crafternoon participant won it! The look on her face when she won the bag was so worth it.

Next I'll be posting photos from the Halloween Crafternoon and other kick butt trick or treat bags. It was such a blast and this project was definitely a hit!

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