If your child has decided what she wants to be for Halloween, why not provide a cute Trick or Treat tote bag to go with her costume? You might have to get creative when it comes to deciding what to put ON the bag.
Brainstorming ideas with your child is a good exercise in problem solving and critical thinking skills. Plus, it’s fun! We’re putting a full moon on one tote bag for our werewolf costume and painting a nebula on the other for Nebula (think Guardians of the Galaxy).
Other fun ideas could include: a basket weave pattern for Little Red Riding Hood, a raven for Maleficent, or fairy dust (glitter paint) for Tinkerbelle. Think outside of the box to come up with a unique idea.
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Where can you purchase a blank tote bag? Try your local craft supply store or Walmart. Sometimes, the dollar stores will carry them. Since I wanted to use colors other than the basic cream color, I purchased mine online and had them in about 3 days.
Instructions for painting a Halloween Tote Bag with acrylics.
- Tote bags
- Acrylic or Fabric Paint
- Paintbrushes, Sponges, and/or old toothbrush
- Paint palette or paper plate
- Fabric medium or water
- Wax paper or cardboard
- Water soluble marker (Often used when sewing.)
- Drop cloth or newspaper to protect the painting surface
- Paper Towels
- Pictures for inspiration (from Google images or Pinterest)
- Lay the tote bag out with the gusset folded back. (Iron bag, if needed.)
- Insert wax paper or cardboard so the paint won’t bleed through to opposite side.
- Sketch on design with water soluble marker.
- Place paint on palette (along with fabric medium, if using)
- Paint your design!
- Allow to dry completely.
- Remove the wax paper/cardboard.
- Iron the bag – face down – to set the painted image.
We used different types of techniques on our bags. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
- We dipped the toothbrush in a little fabric medium and then a paint color. Then, we “flicked” it to obtain random splatter areas. (Make sure you’re aiming it at the bag & not yourself!)
- Try applying a little water to an area and then add the paint. This will give you a washed-out watercolor look.
- For the full moon, we used a little yellow and a little blue (along with the white paint) to add dimension.
- For the sky area, we used a “dry-brush” technique. To do this, apply a small amount of paint to your brush. Wipe most of it off on a paper towel. Then, brush back and forth to gently change the background coloring.
So, rather than using the standard plastic pumpkin or plastic bag for your trick-or-treat bag, this year create a reusable fun tote bag! Make it a family tradition and let the kids paint and decorate their own Halloween trick-or-treat bag. Enjoy the creativity! It’s good for your brain. 😉