What kid doesn’t love things that glow in the dark? Well this bag really does, and it is super cute to boot! It takes a few coats of paint so you may want to spread this craft out over two days for drying time in between coats, but if you’re up for it this bag is a sure fire winner on the trick or treat circuit!
- White canvas bag
- Black pcrylic paint (We used Martha Stewart Craft Paint for the green and black paint)
- Green acrylic paint
- Glow in the dark paint
- Medium sized paint brush
- Round stencil brush
- Smaller paint brush
- 4 sheets of card stock
- Stencil adhesive
- Masking tape
- 3-4 paper plates
Step 1 – Painting the green background:
- Start by wrapping masking tape around the base of the handles, where it meets the bag. This will keep the green paint off of the handles while your little ones paint.
- Place a sheet or two of card stock inside the bag to keep the paint from bleeding through to the other side of the bag.
- Pour the green paint onto a paper plate and using the medium sized paint brush let your child start painting away! You’ll want a nice, solid coat of green paint.
- Let the paint dry completely and wash your paint brush with soap and water.
- Hint: if it’s a warm sunny day, let the paint dry outside in the sun…it will dry much faster!
Step 2 – Painting the glow in the dark layer:
- Pour the glow in the dark paint onto a paper plate and using the medium sized paint brush, let your child apply the glow in the dark paint.
- You’ll want to follow the instructions to apply the brand of glow in the dark paint you are using. The paint we used recommended 2-3 coats, letting the paint dry in between each coat. We used two coats.
- Let the glow in the dark paint dry completely and wash your brush with soap and water.
Steps 3 & 4 – Making the stencil for Frankenstein’s hair:
- Tape 2 sheets of card stock together so that they are the width of your bag.
- Cut what looks like large teeth into the card stock, all the way across. No need to worry about the teeth being the same size or shape, it’s cute if they are all a bit different.
- Using stencil adhesive, adhere the hair stencil to the bag about 3-4 inches down from the top of the bag with the “teeth” pointing upward. Follow the instructions for the particular adhesive brand you are using.
Step 5 – Painting Frankenstein’s hair:
- Pour the black paint onto a paper plate. Using the medium sized brush, paint Frankenstein’s hair by filling in the space above the stencil.
- Remove the stencil immediately after filling in the hair (using the craft knife to lift the stencil make this easier).
Step 6 – Painting Frankenstein’s face:
- Using the round stencil brush and black paint, paint two eyes.
- Using the smaller paint brush and black paint, paint the mouth and a few scars around Frankenstein’s face.
- Remove the masking tape from the handles, let the bag dry and you’re finished!
Now turn out the lights and watch him glow!