Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Personalized Frozen-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags}

Hey, y'all!  My adorable nieces had birthdays recently.  They, like most other little girls their ages, are Frozen obsessed, so this weekend they had a joint Frozen-themed party.  They dressed up as Anna and Elsa, and their mom created themed games and snacks.  Knowing in advance that they were going to be having a Frozen party, I bought them lots of Frozen goodies.  I realized this weekend that I needed some type of gift bag to hold the goodies.  I had some small canvas tote bags already, so I decided to whip up some Frozen-inspired gift bags that could double as their Halloween treat bags since they're going to be Anna and Elsa for Halloween too.  I used my Silhouette to personalize the bags, and I love how they turned out!
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com

I started the project with two canvas bags that I bought in a pack of four from Hobby Lobby.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Each bag cost about $2, which is definitely a great price.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I used my Silhouette to cut two stencils from vinyl.  I used the font Maratre.  I typed each of my nieces' names, welded the letters together, and offset them to make the font thicker.  For Londyn's Elsa bag, I used the cut tool to remove the "o" from the name.  I inserted a snowflake in its place and welded it to the name.  For Laney's Anna bag, I used Flourish 1018, a moroccan flower, and circles to  create a design mimicking the front of Anna's dress.  (The design may look like it has more components than those three shapes, but I cut the flourish and used pieces of it in parts of the design.)  Once I cut the design from the vinyl, I weeded it to prepare for stenciling.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I covered the vinyl design with lined transfer paper and removed the backing to ready it for the front of the bag.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I then transferred the design to the bag.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Once the vinyl stencil was on the bag, I put blue painters tape around any places where I thought I wouldn't have enough room to apply paint to the design without getting any on the bag.  This may seem a little crazy, but I would much rather use inexpensive painters tape than extra vinyl for this purpose.  (Also, you may want to put a piece of cardboard inside the bag.  I didn't because I knew from experience that I wouldn't use enough paint to seep through the front of the bag onto the back.)
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Since the bag won't be washed like clothing, I used regular paint to stencil.  I specifically used Martha Stewart brand pearlescent paint and glitter paint on Londyn's bag.  I used regular acrylic paint on Laney's bag, with the Martha Stewart glitter paint over a couple of small portions of the design.  I used a round stencil brush to apply the paint.  If you use this type of brush, carefully unload your paintbrush of excess paint, and then apply your paint in a pouncing motion, you will get a really nice stenciled image.  I let the paint dry, and my gift bags/treat bags were finished.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I packaged Londyn and Laney's gifts in the bags, and they loved them.  I had the girls pose with the bags in front of the Frozen backdrop that I used as a photo booth for the party guests.  Let's just say that their personalities REALLY shined through.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Londyn looked so much like Elsa!  She posed perfectly for me.
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
Laney?  She was as cute as a button as Anna, but her silliness was on full display when I was trying to take her picture.  (This pic is a perfect example of why my husband and I call her Laney-Monster.)
Turn a plain canvas bag into a personalized Frozen-inspired Halloween treat bag. pitterandglink.com
I tried to get a pic of the two princesses together.  Since Laney was in full Laney-Monster mode, this is the best I could do.  I actually really like the picture though because it shows both of the girls' personalities.  I'm really glad that I was able to add a personalized, crafty element to their gifts with these treat bags, and I hope that they enjoy using them when they go trick-or-treating.  They definitely won't have to worry about getting their treat bags mixed up with someone else's!

4 comments:

  1. Precious! Your nieces are adorable!

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  2. Adorable and so are the girls!
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

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  3. Hello cute lady! This looks so cute. Super cute girls and I love the pictures. Pinned. We couldn't think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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