Trick or Treat Bags
What you will make:
It's quick and easy to make Halloween-decorated trick or treat bags in any size! Make
large bags with handles to collect your treats as you go from door to
door. Make small bags for Halloween party goodies or to hand out to the
trick-or-treaters who come to your door.
Make your own Halloween
paper cuts to decorate the bags, or use Aunt Annie's
Related craft: Make two treat bags from a single
sheet of paper! See how to make them in Aunt Annie's
Halloween Treat Bags
craft project. This project includes Halloween-themed digital papers to
Here's what you need:
- Craft paper, wrapping paper or construction paper
- Computer paper for cutout patterns
- Craft glue or double-sided tape
- Stack of books
- Stiff twine or cord for handles
- Optional: Cardboard, stapler and
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Easy Trick or Treat Bags
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Determine Size
Take a book or a stack of books about the size of the bag
you want to make. You may need to make two or more stacks of books
side-by-side for a large bag. A paperback book or two will work fine
for a small treat bag. This stack of books will be used as a form to
create the bag. You can also use a box or a stack of boxes as a
Tip: One or two thick telephone books work well
for a large bag. To make a bag from a single sheet of 12" by 18"
construction paper, two or three trade-size paperback books work
- Step 2: Cut Paper
Cut a sheet of brown craft paper or wrapping paper to use in making the bag. In one
direction, the paper should be the desired height of the bag plus 2" to 4",
depending on the size of the bag. In other words, the paper
should be the height of the bag plus enough paper to fold
over the end of the stack of books, plus 1". In the other
direction, the paper should wrap around the stack of books, with ½"
extra (1 cm) for overlap.
Tip: If you are using a sheet of 12" by 18"
construction paper to make your bag, it does not need to be cut.
- Step 3: Fold Top Edge
Place the wrapping paper right side-down. Fold back 1" (2 cm) along the top edge, crease, and
glue in place.
Tip: Do not fold the top edge of construction
paper. Instead, cut a 1" to 2" by 18" strip of construction paper to
reinforce the top edge. Glue it in place.
- Step 4: Books on Paper
With the paper right side-down, place the stack of books in
the center near the bottom edge. Be sure that the stack sits
above the bottom edge by about 3/4 of the stack's height.
- Step 5: Wrap and Glue
Wrap the paper around the stack and secure the seam with glue or
double-sided tape. Be sure that the top edge meets evenly at the seam.
Tip: Be careful not to wrap too tightly, or it will be difficult to remove the stack of books from the bag.
- Step 6: Form Bag's Base
Make the bag's base by folding the paper over one end of the stack of books like you are wrapping a box. Run
your fingers down each edge of the stack to crease the bag's corners.
Tape or glue the folded paper in place. A secure hold is important! Remove the stack of books from the bag.
- Step 7: Fold Gusset (optional)
To make gusseted (pleated) sides on the bag, pinch the sides of the bag together and crease down
the middle of the side. Do this on both sides of the bag.
You may also fold the bottom of the bag up and crease it flat—like a grocery bag. This will allow the bag to
be stored flat.
Tip: Construction paper can be brittle, so it is
best not to fold a gusset in a bag made of construction paper.
- Step 8: Decorate Bag
Decorate bags made of plain paper with Halloween cutouts. Print
the colored patterns on white paper, then cut and glue. Or print the
black & white patterns on cardstock to use as templates, and trace them
onto colored construction paper or craft paper.
Tip: Checkout the Halloween paper ribbons in the
Halloween Cone Hats project for quick and colorful bag
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 9: Finishing Touches
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