This little project is a favorite of mine because it incorporates so many of my favorite things: glow-in-the-dark, upcycled materials, kid friendly, and CANDY! This is an excellent chance to bring a little handmade magic to your kiddo’s Halloween memories. Check out how cute they turned out.
The best part is that they are a cinch to make and there is no sewing involved!
old pillow case (1 for jack-o-lantern and 2 for mummy bag)
glow in the dark acrylic paint (spray or squeeze bottle is fine)
orange acrylic paint
black acrylic paint
fabric glue (for mummy bag only)
For the pumpkin bag, I used the spray paint version of the glow-in-the-dark paint. I am going to be honest, it was not my favorite. I felt like the coverage was pretty lame and I ran out of paint after coating just one side of my pillow case. I will say this, if you choose to do the spray paint version, then make sure to coat with the solid orange paint first. It should help saturation. However, you will see that I switched to a typical acrylic squeeze bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint for the mummy bag as you scroll on down.
Grrrrrrr the paint was too transparent! That is why I went ahead and painted the bag orange as a base coat instead.
Once I painted it orange and coated it with the glow-in-the-dark paint, it was time to grab the black paint and fashion a cute little jack-o-lantern face. If you mark out some shapes in chalk, you can even have the kiddos jump in with the drawing and painting.
Here is the only tricky part with these trick-or-treat bags….and it is not even that tricky! With the orange side facing up, cut down the side about 1/3 of the way down the pillow case.
Now cut across the front of the pillow case, but stop about 2″-3″ from the other side. Repeat cutting across two more times, so that you basically create three strands for braiding.
Now, flip it over and cut down the side that your front three strands are attached to. Then, cut across the width of this side of the pillow case, stopping about 2″-3″ from the edge. Now you should have two sets of three strands, beginning on opposite sides from each other. Hahaha, I realize that it sounds a tad unclear. Hopefully the images help clarify a bit.
Taking three strands of green ribbon, I tie them onto the base of each three stranded section. Now, simply braid with the ribbon paired up with the pillow case strands.
As soon as you give it a good tug, you will see the braid taking shape.
I said no-sew, and I was not joking. Simply tie the two braided ends together to complete the strap.
Yay! It turned out so cute. Evangeline is going to LOVE using this for trick-or-treating this Halloween. And I love that the glow-in-the-dark paint is going to help keep her safe on our Halloween escapades!
Time to make one that is a little bit more boy friendly 😉
This version needs two pillow cases. One for the body of the bag, and one for strips. Paint one side of the pillow case that you will use for strips with glow-in-the-dark paint. It is important to do more than one coat, so that it glows stronger at night.
Once the paint has dried, cut it into strips to make your mummy bandages. I also cut a few strips that I left attached on one side that I will use instead of ribbon when I braid the handle. I wanted it to not be “girly” at all…and super ghoulish.
Grabbing the other pillow case that will make the body of my bag, I cut down the sides of the bag and then cut across to create three strips on either side like I did for the pumpkin bag above. Tying these longer strips from my “bandage” pillow case to the base of my three strands, I braid like I did with the ribbons above.
Pulling tight, yo can see the braid takes on a cool “mummy” effect. The best part is that the long strips from your bandage bag are glow-in-the-dark! It is going to look so cool at night.
Opening up the pillowcase, I stuff a plastic bag into the bag so that as I paint and glue, nothing will bleed through to the other side.
Paint some mummy eyes. Again, if you use chalk, the kiddos can totally help with design and painting.
Now for the fun part! Grab the fabric glue and create a steady stream of glue along the top of one of the glow-in-the-dark strips.
Press it down on the bag. I just kept layering them, starting at the bottom and working my way up to the top…making sure to not cover the spooky eyes.
This one turned out so cute that Evangeline might be trying to steal it from her brother. I wish I could show you a night time picture of how bright green it glows in the dark. Evangeline was pretty stoked!
give me something good to eat!