Ditch the cheap plastic pumpkin. Forego the pillow sack. Don’t be caught dead toting a plastic grocery bag.
Instead, make a good impression this trick or treating season, with a painted canvas bag personalized by you! We’re creeping it real with a quick tutorial on how to make and use freezer paper stencils to dress up your must-have Halloween accessory. Rock one of these pun-filled tote bags and show your neighbors your fangtastic crafting skills. Consider going the extra mile and using glow-in-the-dark paint for bonus effect that will show up in the dark! No Halloween costume is complete without a bag for hoarding all the candy. Follow the steps below then download our template to create your own.
Punny Trick Or Treat Halloween Totes Supplies
- Canvas bags – Black, white, grey
- Freezer Paper
- Acrylic paint – Orange, Black, White, Glow-in-the-Dark
- Trick or Treat Tote Bags Template (PDF template) (SVG template)
- Sponge Brush
- Xacto Knife (and a fresh blade!)
- Scrap Cardboard
Cut a piece of freezer paper that’s the size of the canvas bag.
If you are cutting your design by hand, lay your freezer paper shiny side down on a cutting mat. Lay your template in the center of the freezer paper and cut out your design with an X-acto knife.
If you are cutting your design with a cutting machine, such as a Cricut, upload our free SVG file and center the design on your mat before sending to cut. Lay your freezer paper on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and set your machine to the lowest cut setting. Tip: use a fresh blade!
Place your canvas bag on an ironing board and iron out any wrinkles. Lay your template onto the bag. Remember, you are using the negative pieces of the stencil so make sure to also grab any of the inners of letters or shapes.
Press an iron onto the freezer paper and you’ll see your stencil cling to the canvas bag. Make sure to press all those tiny inner pieces to ensure they also adhere. Tip: a tweezer will help with this step!
Pour some paint into a paint palette and press your sponge brush into it. Dab the paint onto your canvas bag over the stencil using an up and down motion. Don’t brush the paint as it might lift your freezer paper stencil.
We used an assortment of colors on different colored canvas bags. The “Handle with scare” tote bag actually uses one layer of white acrylic paint and a layer of glow-in-the-dark paint on top! Both were applied when the stencil was still attached to the tote.
Once dry, peel away your stencil to reveal your pun-filled totes.
Grab your favorite for Halloween night or make extras to share with your trick or treating besties!
Whatever you do, handle with scare!