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Halloween will be here before you know it. If you and your family are planning to go out trick-or-treating, your kids will need something to carry their treats around in.

Decorated with fun Halloween-themed phrases, DIY personalized Halloween bags are a great, budget-friendly craft that allows you and your family to get excited for the season - and help you save while you do.

Supplies You’ll Need

You don’t need much to make personalized Halloween bags. While you’ll likely already have some of the following supplies at home, you can pick up the rest inexpensively at a craft store.

  • Canvas tote bags in any size and color
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron-on letters (make sure the color contrasts with your tote bag)
  • Halloween-themed stickers (optional)

If you’re crafting with your children’s help, make sure to keep little ones safe around sharp scissors and hot irons.


To start this festive project, first come up with a Halloween-themed phrase for your trick-or-treat bag. You can choose a simple “Happy Halloween” or a more creative phrase like “Boo Club Member” or “Hello Boo-Ti-Ful.” Just make sure it will fit across your tote bag. You can even choose your child’s name, so everyone knows that it’s their special bag.

Once you choose the phrase, cut out your iron-on letters and lay them out on your tote bags. Using a ruler can help make sure your letters are straight and aligned, though you can also choose to arrange them at fun angles. Next, peel off the paper backing and place the letters onto your canvas tote bags fuzzy side up. These first steps offer a good chance for your children to participate, since you might want to limit them to watching the steps that follow.

To seal your letters to the bag, set your iron on each one for 10 to 15 seconds. Pass the iron over your phrase one more time to make sure it’s secured in place. To make extra sure the letters won’t fall off, you can turn the bag inside out to iron the inside of the tote bag behind the letter.

Repeat these simple steps with each bag until you’re done decorating all personalized Halloween bags (this may require kid approval!).

For extra fun, have your kids add spooky stickers to the bags. This is a safe way for them to participate, especially if they’re little. You can also consider adding stickers that match your child’s Halloween costume. Most craft stores have affordable sticker sheets for pop culture characters and more classic choices like mummies and witches. Googly eyes can be a cool addition, though these may require the use of a hot glue gun depending on the type.

Finished with your bags but still having fun? They also make excellent gifts for your kids to give to their friends and can be used as party favors at your Halloween bash. Think big, as kid-centric craft projects can be a great way to spend time with your kids and save money at the same time.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


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