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Wednesday
Oct072009

Halloween treat bag tutorial.

I was in the craft store a few days ago and saw a kit from Martha's line for cute favor bags.  They were designed to look like witch brooms and I thought they were adorable.  But I didn't want to spend any money on them since I knew I could do the same thing with items I already had at home.

Here's what you will need (per treat bag) if you'd like to make some, too:

  • 2 brown paper bags
  • straight edge
  • exacto knife and cutting surface
  • twine
  • twig*

Directions:  

Flatten one of the bags.  The picture below isn't the best because I didn't take one with the sides smoothed out.  Basically, you want two layers to cut through so push out the sides and flatten.

Leaving about a two inch border of the bag uncut at the top and bottom, cut lines through both layers in the center portion.  No need to be too exact, it's a witch's broom after all. 

Place your goodies in the uncut bag and place within the cut bag. 

Shmoosh down a bit and gather both bags at the top.  Insert your twig* and tie with twine. 

I think these will be perfect to package our Halloween cutout cookies this year.  I'll use the sugar cookie recipe and frosting technique I posted about here.
*If I were making these for children, I'd probably use a pretzel rod in lieu of a twig (maybe a cellophane wrapped chocolate-dipped pretzel rod, hmm...).  Generally speaking, I'm against equipping children with a pointy, small, stick.  Especially when they're in a group.  And sugar is in their near future.  I'm just saying...

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Reader Comments (4)

What a fab tutorial! I think it's great that you figured out a way to do it yourself. And I love your idea of using pretzel rods.

Have a great weekend!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I saw these & liked them too but didn't want to spend the money. It was something crazy like $10 for only six, & I needed 20. Thanks for the reminder--I'm going to diy it too!

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

These are so cute.. Im going to make these for my daughter class for treat bags given out on the 30th of this month. Here is what I plan on changing.. No stick using a prez. and Im going to paint the top bag orange.. Thank you for a great idea

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Northcutt

VERY CUTE! I linked to this on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Thanks!!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLenetta @ Nettacow

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