Just by adding a bit of paint and ribbon, you can turn plain brown bags into glamorous treat bags. Personalize them for any holiday by choosing appropriate colors: red and white or pink for Valentine’s day, red and green for Christmas and orange and black for Halloween treat bags.
I made 30 Halloween treat bags for my oldest’s classmates to take to preschool this Friday. They will not only have a Halloween party but will also celebrate my son’s birthday, who is born on Halloween. I wanted non-candy treats (inspired by this list of 25 non-candy Halloween treats) and at the same time something to match my preschooler’s Halloween costume: he’ll be a pirate. Captain Hook, to be more specific. I made felt pirate hats and got eye patches from Oriental Trading (This is a great site to use when planning a party and you need ideas for decorations and party favors).
When the paint is completely dry, fold the top of the bag over and use a craft knife to cut two slots big enough for your ribbon to fit through.
Hot glue the two ends of the ribbon together and you’re done. I initially wanted to make a big bow but then I thought this would make the bags look girly, which is fine if the bags come from a girl. Besides, I’m not sure if pirate ribbon and bows go together 🙂
What I would do differently next time is to paint more polka dots. Seven polka dots on each side looked like enough but after folding the top of the bag and then covering some with the ribbon, there were only a few left out in the open :(.