Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Harvest/Halloween Treat Bag Tutorial

Harvest/Halloween Treat Bag

Stamps: All Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company
Autumn Splendor
What A Scream
Celebrate Mini (inside card)
Scenic Selections
Tree Greetings
Tree Selections
Halloween Selections Mini

Birthday Mini 

Cellophane Bags
Card Stock
Stipple Brush

When fall comes around everyone usually starts getting excited for the upcoming holidays, so why not turn the fall season into its own holiday by creating little treat bags for Halloween (class parties or trick/treat), or if you don't celebrate Halloween, to celebrate the fall Harvest season.  All you need is a clear cellophane bag, card stock, stamps, and something to fill your bag with. 

With recycling, or upcycling, being all the rage now, I've even re-used the clear cellophane bags my stamp sets have come in and have cut off the section of the bag that allows the bag to hang.

Once you have your supplies gathered, assembly is easy peasy.  For the sake of this tutorial, I will be showing how to make a Halloween treat bag, then showing a completed project for those that do not celebrate Halloween so the tutorial can be adapted for churches, school parties (mindful of food allergies), birthdays, etc.

1.  Stamp desired image onto white card stock in non water based black ink (memento, pallet noir, etc), color with markers or pencils then set aside.

2.  Take desired size bag and measure to create a folded bag topper.  Make sure to flip your bag over to mark where you want the topper to end on the back side. and give yourself 1/4 inch for folding in the middle.

3. Trim card stock to desired size.

4. Hold down cut card stock on top of bag and measure 1/4 inch on each side of bag for decorative overage.

5. Lay next layer of card stock underneath trimmed first layer and trim down to size.

6. Now stamp your background, tone on tone, onto both layers of card stock.  I even stamp the black layer, since the entire project  looks more complete when finished in my opinion.

7. Adhere both layers, and score where you want your fold to be.  Make sure to score on both sides of the layered bag topper.

8. This is what your finished topper should look like.

9. Fill your treat bag, and then using double sided tape (I prefer scotch since it holds better) adhere the topper to your treat bag.

10. Now take a stapler and staple the outer edges together to make sure no small pieces fall out.  Example: Skittles, M&M's, crumbs, etc.

11.  Take the colored image you sat aside and cut it out.

12. Using glue dots, adhere the cut out image to the bag topper.  It's ok if part of the image touches the filled bag as long as glue dots are holding that part down as well.

13. Here is our completed Halloween treat bag.

For those that do not celebrate Halloween, here's a sample of another option.  My step-sister doesn't celebrate Halloween, however, her birthday IS on Halloween itself, so I've combined Fall, Harvest, Halloween and Birthday sets to create a treat bag (filled with coffee/creamer samples) and matching card for her birthday.  I've included close-ups of the treat bag and card.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you make something using it, leave me a post with a link in the comment section so I can check your project out.  Thanks.

1 comment:

  1. I love how you stamped on the cardstock to make the background.