Do your kids normally carry those generic tick-or-treat bags or pumpkin buckets for Halloween? That is what our family usually does but as the kids get older they are requesting costumes that have more accessories. What not try something different this year with us? This DIY glowing pirate trick-or-treat bag lets you coordinate the entire buccaneer look. It also increases visibility of your little one to help keep your child safe. The best part is that this can be worn across your children to free up their hands for swords, hooks, and holding your hand. Add all of that up and you have one awesome and practical costume accessory.
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- Jumbo Checker Game
- Gold Enamel Paint
- Kids Plastic Paintbrush
- Black Drawstring Bag
- Glow-in-the-Dark Fabric Paint
- Liquid Stitch
Open up your jumbo checkers game.
Set your red checkers and the board aside.
- You will not be using them for this project.
Now paint your black checkers with gold enamel paint.
- Do not completely cover the checkers. You want some of the black to show through the paint.
- One brush dip should by enough to paint 2-3 checkers.
Set you painted checkers aside to dry.
Now pull out your drawstring bag.
Next, paint the outline of your skull in the top center of your bag with glow fabric paint.
Then add your skull’s eye sockets, nose cavity, and mouth.
Start painting the crossbones starting at the top left of your skull.
Continue painting the crossbones.
- Make sure that the opposite corner bones line up as though they continue behind your skull.
Set your bag aside and let the fabric paint dry completely.
After all of your paint has dried, add Liquid Stitch to the bottom edge of your checkers.
Next, stick the checkers to your bag.
Step 13 (Optional)
Add an additional line of Liquid Stitch around edges of the attached checkers to further secure them.
Let the glue dry completely.
- I let mine dry for 24 hours just to be sure everything was secure.
Now your kids can have a hands-free treat collector this Halloween. This DIY glowing pirate trick-or-treat bag is also great in case you end up having to carry it for the younger children while the older ones finish trick-or-treating. There is a 5 year gap between our oldest and youngest child. The 8 year old lasts much longer than the 3 year old as is expected. When that happens, I can throw this bag on my back and still have free hands and arms for the wee ones.
Come back tomorrow to see the coordinating costumes for this bag and get some great face painting tutorials! See you then! **Update** The costumes and face paint will go live on Monday. Thanks!!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.