I love the versatility of these sweet DIY bags. Use them as favors for a Halloween party or just to add a little something special to your next play date. Your guests will love filling them up with healthy snacks and can use them as festive Halloween luminaries once they bring them home.
To make your own bags, you will need:
• miniature paper bags (ours were 4” x 5 ⅛” and we found them at our local craft store)
• our free printable (below) of traceable Halloween silhouettes
• black, orange, and white tissue paper
• a craft knife
• a pencil
• a small piece of leftover cardboard or cork board
• a small paint brush
• Battery operated LED tea lights
Begin by printing out the silhouettes and cutting them out. Trace around a silhouette with a pencil on top of one of your bags. Next, slip the piece of cardboard inside the bag to prevent the knife from cutting both sides and use the craft knife to cut out the image.
Cut a piece of colored tissue paper that is a bit taller and a little narrower than the front of your bag. Cover the inside of the bag cover with a thin layer of glue using the paint brush and carefully adhere the tissue paper so that it covers the image you cut out and sticks out a bit at the top of the bag.
Repeat this process with various silhouettes and tissue paper colors to create as many bags as you need. You can also line the inside of the bags with a second piece of tissue paper to help hold snacks.
Now all that’s left to do is to set up a mini buffet with your Halloween favor bags and some healthy treats for your guests to fill them with. For our buffet we chose to put out a selection of dried cranberries, cherries, and golden raisins alongside Van’s Say Cheese! whole grain baked crackers, and some roasted pumpkin seeds. (To roast your own pumpkin seeds, toss 1 ½ cups of raw pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until seeds are golden brown.)
After the party is over, send your guests home with an LED tea light to transform their bags from treat holders to flickering luminaries. They can be place on a mantle, in the center of a table, or along a walkway to create some spooky ambience.