Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are so excited. They’ve been talking about what their costumes would be since May! However, I’ve noticed that most folks give little thought to the actual bag they will carry to hold all of their trick-or-treating goodies. Here’s a fun, interactive craft you and your kiddos can do together.
- Natural canvas tote bag
- Tulip Fabric Spray Paint – optional
- Water/plant mister
- Tulip Slick 3D fashion paint in Neon & Glow
- Flat-tipped paintbrush
- Studio 71 acrylic paint, Mars black
- Darice Halloween glitter pack
The first step is optional. The natural color of the canvas bag may be just what you’re going for, but we wanted an orange tote so we could make our pumpkin face! To dye the tote, spread out newspapers or a plastic disposable tablecloth to protect your surface. Wet your tote bag down with the plant mister just until it’s damp. Then, spray the yellow Tulip dye liberally over the surface of the tote. While it’s still wet, add a few squirts of red and use the paintbrush to mix the colors. (Don’t overdo the red!) You’ll end up with a mottled orange/yellow tote. Let it dry completely- overnight is best.
The next part your kids can help with, if they’re able. Sketch a pumpkin face onto the tote with the pencil. (Or, have the kids tell you what shapes to use for eyes, nose, etc. This can be a great opportunity to discuss shapes for the little ones and emotions with the slightly older ones!)
Now color in the shapes using your black paint and flat-tipped brush. The paint is nice and creamy and covers the canvas well. While it’s wet, sprinkle some black glitter on! (I waited a bit too long and had to go over the black with some Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable Glue.) Let the glitter completely dry, then tap off the excess into a tidy mate tray and save the rest for other projects!
When the glitter is all dry, outline the eyes, nose, and mouth with the Tulip glow-in-the-dark 3D slick paint. Add squiggles, stars, dots, your kid’s name- whatever! This fun glow-in-the-dark paint will help drivers help see your kid in the dark- so it’s practical as well as fun!
Last, attach a glow stick bracelet or two to the handle and crack to activate right before your little goblin heads out the door for a safe, FUN trick-or-treating experience!
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