Trick or Treat Bags

Good morning, Authentique Fans! This is Gloria Stengel with you today! Who loves treats?! And who loves treats that come in cute packaging?! 
My kids are grown now, and past the age for treat bags, and I don't have grandchildren yet...but who cares?! I still love making treat bags and other goodies!
I created this set of treat bags from the Twilight paper collection. If you want to make some sweet bags of your own, you will need a 12x12 paper pad, an 8x8 paper pad, a piece of black cardstock, some twine, and some tiny clothes pins, and your favorite adhesives. It helps to have access to a paper trimmer, scoring board, a large circle punch, and a tag punch or die.

Let's get started!
Cut a piece of 12x12 Twilight paper (Twilight One), to 7" tall and 8 1/2" wide. On the 8 1/2" side, score at 3 3/4" and 7 1/2". Rotate the paper and on the 7" side score at 1".

Rotate your paper so that it is returned to the position of 7" tall and 8 1/2" wide. Use a 1 1/2" circle punch (or circle die) to cut a half-circle into the top of the paper, centered between the left edge and the first score line.

Next, trim away the 1" bottom section from the first score line to the right edge of the paper. You will have a 1" x 3 3/4" flap on the bottom left. Cut the flap at an angle on both bottom corners.
Place double-sided adhesive onto the 1" section between the score line and the right edge, as shown above. Fold that flap in so that the fold is now on the right edge.
Fold on the other score lines and to make a "tube" with the punched section at the top and the small flap open at the bottom.
Flip the paper over and add double-sided adhesive to the bottom tab, as shown. Fold the tab up and secure on the back of your treat bag. Your assembled bag will be 6" tall and 3 3/4" wide.
To decorate the treat bag you will need the border strips from the 12x12 Twilight Two paper, and the image sheet from the Twilight 8x8 Pad. Use your trimmer or a craft knife to cut all the little images apart. They each measure 2 3/4" x 2". (You could use the large images from Twilight Eight in the 12x12 paper pad, but they are 3" x 4" and a bit large for this size of treat bag.)

Tip: Rub all paper edges with black ink or a black marker.
Trim a section of the border from Twilight Two paper to 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" and wrap it around the bag, securing it on the back. Cut a yard each of black and orange twine and wrap it around the bag, tying a bow as shown above.

Mat one of the small images with black cardstock and then attach it to the bag. Make a little name tag from black cardstock, cut with a metal die or punch. Use a white pen to write on the little tag. Attach the tag to the twine with a mini clothespin. Stuff your bag with treats!

Tip: If you don't have access to a tag die or punch, you can just cut little tag shapes from black paper with scissors. My little tags are roughly 1/2" x 1 1/4" in size.
These bags are so easy and fun to make, that you could make up a whole batch! I created five before I ran out of steam!
I used Twilight Three for my own little bag, because I love polka dots! I trimmed a piece of Twilight One reverse side for my border strip, then I used black and tan twine for this bag. 
The little images from the 8x8 pad are the perfect size for this project! I love all the vintage children getting dressed in their costumes! An orange mini clothespin finishes this bag.
This is what the back of the bags will look like. 
This bag is made from Twilight Five, with a border strip and an image of bats. Creepy! 
This next bag is made from Twilight Four, then I added a strip of Twilight Five reverse (stripes) before adding a thinner border strip of spiders. Really, really creepy! 
I also found some striped twine in my stash that was orange, black, and white! Perfect! 
At the back of each of the 12x12 paper pads there are a few sheets of the Spectrum cardstock in colors that match the paper collection. I used the sheet of Black Jack to make this bag. It works just as well as the printed paper! I decorated the bottom of the bag with a scrap from the 8x8 pad that was magically the correct size!

As you can see, this project would be a great way to use up scraps, and would be fun in any theme!
Thank you so much for looking! Have fun making your own little gift bags! Make sure to share your projects with us on the Authentique Facebook Page or tag us on Instagram!


Authentique Supplies Used:

Twilight 12x12 Paper Pad
Twilight Bundle 8x8 Paper Pad
Spectrum Series Cardstock: Black Jack

Additional Supplies Used:  Black, orange, tan, and Halloween striped twine; black and orange mini clothespins; black cardstock; white gel pen; black ink; score board, paper trimmer, 1 1/2" circle die or punch, mini tag die or punch, various adhesives

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