DIY Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Bags

by Stephanie Gerber

DIY Glow in the Dark Tote Bags | The Sweetest Occasion

Halloween is quickly approaching! (Believe it or not.) Have you started thinking about your costume? Your kids’ costumes? I’m lobbying my kids to go as WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face but I have a feeling we’ll wind up as a princess and a super hero – again. Since no one will let me get creative with their costume, I’ve resorted to getting crafty on tote bags. These trick or treat bags glow in the dark! It’s the coolest thing ever!

DIY Tote Bags for Halloween | The Sweetest Occasion

Supplies –

  • White or black tote bag
  • White or black paint
  • Glow in the dark fabric paint
  • Bat stencil or other spooky shape
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags | The Sweetest Occasion

Start by tracing the shape with a pencil onto the tote bag. For the bats, I used 2 sizes of a stencil and just freehanded a shape for the ghost.

Glow in the Dark DIY Tote Bag | The Sweetest Occasion

Paint in the shape with either black or white paint, depending on your bag color. Yes, you could skip this step and go directly to painting with the glow-in-the-dark paint. But since the glow paint doesn’t have much color in the daytime it’s nice to still have a big, graphic shape.

DIY Tote Bag wit Glow in the Dark Paint | The Sweetest Occasion

Most of the glow-in-the-dark fabric paint comes with a fine point tip. Squeeze some out in a dish when you need to paint.

DIY Tote Bag for Halloween | The Sweetest Occasion

Outline the shape of the bat with the glow paint applicator tip and let it dry.

Halloween Tote Bag Tutorial | The Sweetest Occasion

Then paint in the shape with 2-3 coats of paint, letting it dry between each one.

DIY Tote Bags for Halloween | The Sweetest Occasion

I love the simple graphic shapes. And, of course, the glowing!

DIY Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Bags

These would also be great to personalize with a child’s name. Mine have put dibs on the one they want!

DIY Glow in the Dark Tote Bags | The Sweetest Occasion

Are you a Halloween crafter? Let us know what you’ve been making!

[Photos by Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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What a great DIY. I kinda want to make one now for my little niece.

Love these Cyd!! So my son will be 7 and we will be a fireman this year….he has been a fireman every year since he was two!!!

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