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Make a Halloween Costume Treat Bag

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This reader favorite is a quick and easy Halloween project you can do with your kids. Grab some lunch bags and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and let the kids decorate their own costumed character! These make great Halloween decorations.

 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Ball, 3"
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8", two
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Wire cutters
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Wooden skewer
     

Princess

  • Yellow lunch bag
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Felt scraps: orange, purple, rose
  • Thick, pink yarn
  • Metallic snowflake sequins, 1/2", five
  • Pink pom pom, 1/2"
  • Lt. green chenille stem
     

Witch

  • Orange lunch bag
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Felt: orange, 9" square; red scrap
  • Orange/black checked fabric, 10" square
  • Black satin ribbon, 1/8" x 1/2 yd.
  • Thin, lt. green yarn
  • Metallic green star sequins or stickers, 10
  • Tiny green pom pom
  • Lt. green chenille stem
     

Vampire

  • Black lunch bag
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Felt scraps: black, red, yellow, white
  • Metallic purple lamé fabric, 12" square
  • Black satin ribbon, 1/8" x 1/2 yd.
  • Black yarn


Instructions:

  1. Insert skewer into foam ball. Holding skewer, paint ball. Place skewer in heavy glass or jar; let dry.
     
  2. Fold back top corners of lunch bag toward center, creating a point. Open bag, fill with treats of choice or tissue paper and then refold top of bag.
     
  3. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Insert knife into bottom of ball at 8 o'clock position, with serrated edge to right. With knife in ball, move knife to 4 o'clock position, creating narrow, wedge-shaped opening in head for lunch bag. Slide point of lunch bag into opening to hold head in place.3. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Insert knife into bottom of ball at 8 o'clock position, with serrated edge to right. With knife in ball, move knife to 4 o'clock position, creating narrow, wedge-shaped opening in head for lunch bag. Slide point of lunch bag into opening to hold head in place.
     
  4. Follow individual instructions to embellish characters. Hold felt pieces in place with pins until glue dries; remove pins.


Vampire

  1. Paint foam-ball head yellow; let dry. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. Cut short, narrow strip from red felt for mouth. Set felt pieces aside.
     
  2. Use compass to draw 9" circle on wrong side of purple fabric; cut out. To make cape, cut small wedge from one edge of circle to center for opening. Place cape around "shoulders," adjusting fullness as needed. With top of cape forming collar, spot glue cape to bag. Tie black ribbon into bow around neck.
     
  3. Cut small, vertical slit in each side of head for ears. Apply glue to straight edges of ears and use skewer tip to push felt into slits.
     
  4. Cut several 6" lengths from yarn for hair. Glue hair across top of head so hair hangs down each side and back of head; trim as desired. Glue felt hair on top of yarn hair. Glue sideburns to bottom edge of felt hair, next to face. Glue features to face.


Princess

  1. Paint foam-ball head orange; let dry. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. Cut short, narrow strip from red felt for mouth. Cut two small circles from rose felt for cheeks. Overlap and glue crown ends. Set felt pieces aside.
     
  2. Cut 6" length from chenille stem for wand. Glue one snowflake sequin to end of wand and to each felt button.
     
  3. Cut several 5" lengths from yarn. Using photo as guide, glue hair to head; trim as desired.
     
  4. Glue buttons to bag and crown. Glue crown to head. Glue hands to body, with one hand holding wand as shown.


Witch

  1. Paint foam-ball head green; let dry. Cut 1" length from chenille stem for nose. Glue tiny pom pom to center of nose for wart; set aside.
     
  2. Use compass to draw 10" circle on wrong side of fabric and 9" circle on orange felt; cut out. To make cape, cut small wedge from one edge of fabric circle to center for opening. Place cape around "shoulders," adjusting fullness as needed. With top of cape forming collar, spot glue cape to bag. Tie black ribbon into bow around neck.
     
  3. To make hat, cut small wedge from one edge of felt circle to center. Roll hat into narrow cone as shown; glue edges, trimming excess as needed. Roll lower edge of hat upward, stretching slightly to create floppy brim.
     
  4. Cut several 4" lengths from yarn. Using photo as guide, glue hair to head and trim as desired. Glue hat to head and features to face. Glue star sequins to bag and hat as shown.
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