There’s no date better than October 31st to have a monster good time! Help the kids prepare to transport all that candy and loot they’ll be receiving door to door with a custom trick or treat bag made by you. Raid your craft closet for a mixture of textures and materials to turn a boring canvas tote into a rad monster creation! Of course we think they go with any costume, but why not go all matchy-matchy with a coordinating Monster Costume?
Use no-sew techniques to create monster styles that lean more on the cute than the creepy side of things and let neighbors see that your kids are too cute to spook!
These spoopy Halloween totes were created, shot and written by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. And for more monster madness from Tara check out these posts: DIY Monster Totem Pole, Monster Party and Monster Table DIY.
DIY Monster Tote Supplies
- Canvas tote bags
- Felt – black, white, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, grey
- Monster Tote template PDF
- Fabric scissors
- Hot Glue
- Pom Poms
- (2) Black Pipe Cleaners
- Scrap cardboard
First, design your friendly monsters! If you want to create the blue horned, purple princess or orange goofy monsters seen here, download our free template!
Cut out all the shapes from the template and then the corresponding pieces from felt. Tip: a water-erase pen or chalk can be used to outline the template shape when cutting the felt.
To create the tulle tutu on the princess monster tote, cut a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the width of the tote. Cut 1” pieces of tulle from the roll. To assemble, tape both ends on the ribbon on a flat surface using painter’s tape. Tip: allow a little slack.
Fold the piece of tulle in half, under the ribbon.
Take the ends and insert them through the loop created. Pull tight to secure to the ribbon.
Repeat for additional pieces to create a full tutu.
Next, assemble your monster totes! Slip a scrap piece of cardstock inside the tote bag to prevent any glue from bleeding through to the back.
Glue the tutu ribbon to the bottom of the tote princess tote then add the felt shapes to all three.
Glue the textural elements. Add gems for crown accents or freckles, pom poms on the crown, and pipe cleaners across the blue horned monster’s eye as a fuzzy unibrow.
Get ready to have some monster fun on Halloween night with these playful totes in tow!