Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Trick or Treat bag using a freezer paper stencil

I have been wanting to make my kids trick or treat bags for years.  Finally I did it!  Check out how to make Halloween Trick or Treat Bag with a freezer paper stencil.


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I am a brand ambassador for Oriental Trading Company.  I received products in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions are my own!

It's October.  Time for all things Halloween!  The first project I tackled this year is finally making Trick or Treat bags for my 3 kids!

I found these blank canvas bags at Oriental Trading.  I decided to stencil them with a freezer paper technique.



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How to Cut an Image from Freezer Paper with a Silhouette

I designed my images and words in the Silhouette design software.  I flipped the images horizontally so it would cut backward.  I'll explain why I did that in a minute.  I used the vellum setting on my Silhouette.



How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with Silhouette  |  She's Crafty


The trick to cutting freezer paper without it tearing is to load the paper onto the mat upside down, or shiny side up.  It helps the fragile freezer paper stay stuck to the mat and not tear.  That's why the image has to be flipped horizontally before sending to the cutting machine.


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with Silhouette  |  She's Crafty


After the image was cut, I used my handy dandy spatula (similar here) to pry everything off the mat.




The back side (shiny side) of the freezer paper has wax on it, so when it's ironed on to fabric, the wax melts.  The freezer paper then becomes a stencil.




The paint will bleed through the fabric, so you need to put something on the back side.  I ironed another sheet of freezer paper inside the bag.




Then it's time to paint.  Make sure that the stippling brush is straight up and down.  Then pounce the brush instead of dragging it.  Otherwise the paint could seep underneath the stencil.


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


It looks kinda crazy when the stippling is done.


How to use freezer paper as a stencil


But after peeling off the freezer paper, the paint turns out fantastic!!


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


I was on a roll, so I made a few other trick or treat bags.


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


They will be perfect for my 3 kiddos!


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


Oriental Trading has many different treats for Halloween!


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


If you're not into candy, there are many other options like hollow pumpkins to fill with tattoos, spider rings and other fun Halloween goodies!





Of course there are tons of candy choices, of  every shape and size! Yum!





How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty


Try making a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag with a freezer paper stencil.  It makes such a great (and inexpensive) way to get an image onto fabric.


How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat bag with freezer paper stencil  |  She's Crafty



21 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea, those bags turned out perfect!! I've got a little boy due in March and cannot wait to start doing fun Fall crafts for him!!

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    1. Crafting with kids is the best! Congrats on your new little one!

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  2. How cute are they! That's such a great, cost effective idea. We go to a get together every year with tons of kids, it would be super fun to make these for the group. Thanks so much for posting.

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  3. This is so much fun. Would be a cool "boo it forward" gift!

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  4. I love this idea and tutorial! This is a great party idea!

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  5. This bag turned out awesome. So many ideas going on in my brain now.

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  6. What a great idea. I'd like to do this to some of my market bags!

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  7. Okay, this has to be the cutest Halloween related craft I have seen in years! I love the oriental trading bags too and have used them as party favor bags in the past. These are so adorable, wish I could buy from you, lol!

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    1. Ah, thanks so much! I'd be happy to make you some!

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  8. These are so dang cute!! I would have never thought to make my own trick-or-treat bags for the kiddos, but seeing how cute these turned out has inspired me.

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  9. What a fun idea Candice. I've always wanted to try using freezer paper to make stencils. Thank goodness you shared how you did, else I would have done it all wrong

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    1. Freezer paper is a great thing to work with. Super simple!

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  10. How adorable! Love them! Thanks for sharing with us at The Creative Circle Link Party!

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Thanks for your comments!