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Make these clever treat bags and containers for Halloween trick-or-treaters or party guests.
Free graphics (both available, below), plus cotton drawstring bags make trick-or-treat storing a cinch! Simply print the designs onto transfer paper, add to the front of the bag, and head to the nearest house on October 31.
Fashion a frightening face from cardstock cutouts and attach to a clear glass jar. Add silver corks (available at crafts stores) to either side of the jar to mimic the iconic Halloween character.
Make a spooky candy catch-all in just a few simple steps. Peel the label from an empty, dry paint can (or purchase a new can at home supply or crafts stores). Coat the can with several light applications of orange spray paint. Once the paint is dry, draw a web pattern on the can with a black permanent marker, and glue on a fuzzy black spider.
Kids will love toting their Halloween candy in this repurposed ice cream container. Rinse and dry an empty 1-gallon ice cream carton. Wrap the outside of the bucket with 4-inch strips of cheesecloth, adhering in place using crafts glue. Adhere large googly eyes to the front.
This elegant Halloween treat container is perfect for candy-hunting adults or as a mantel decoration to collect candies. Wrap a paint can or tin with a collage of seasonal scrapbook papers, adhering in place using glue. Line the top of the can with decorative tinsel trim, and add a chenile stem for the handle. Make a banner by printing a Halloween message on cardstock and trimming the edges. Glue a tissue paper circle to the center of the tin, add a glittery star, and top with your banner to finish the look.
Use no-fray felt to whip up a quick and easy treat bag. Add a scurrying spider to the front with felt, thread, and googly eyes.
Make a vintage-style papier-mache candy container to decorate your party table, mantel, or bookshelf.
With a party hat base, this happy witch is the topper for a round goody box. The colored crafts foam is easy to work with and gives your witch classic appeal.
Gather some inexpensive cotton bandannas and stitch them together to make these easy treat bags!
The ghouls, goblins, pirates, and princesses will be delighted to bring along a custom-made treat tote to collect their goodies on Halloween. A simple, low-cost canvas bag gets its one-of-a-kind treatment when you fuse contrasting ribbon around the upper edge of the handles. An appliqued candy corn fused atop a spiderweb fabric square finishes the look.
This scene is haunted by details: Black thread gives the tree branches a rougher, more barklike appearance, and running stitches let the red and orange leaves flutter.
Treat your tricksters with this painted candy bucket.