I published this craft earlier this week on CraftsUnleashed– but here it is (with a slightly different product list).
Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are so excited. Theyâ€™ve been talking about what their costumes would be since May! However, Iâ€™ve noticed that most folks give little thought to the actual bag they will carry to hold all of their trick-or-treating goodies. Hereâ€™s a fun, interactive craft you and your kiddos can do together.
- Natural or white canvas tote
- Tulip Fabric Spray Paint or Orange & Yellow Simply Spray (read my review of Simply Spray, too)
- water/plant mister
- Tulip Slick 3-D fashion paint in Neon & Glow
- Flat-tipped paintbrush
- black acrylic paint
- black glitter pack
The first step is optional. The color of the canvas bag may be just what youâ€™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 itâ€™s damp. Then dye the tote as desired. Let it dry completely- overnight is best.
The next part your kids can help with, if theyâ€™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 itâ€™s wet, sprinkle some black glitter on! (I waited a bit too long and had to go over the black with some Elmer’s Fabric 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 kidâ€™s name- whatever! This fun glow-in-the-dark paint will help drivers help see your kid in the dark- so itâ€™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!