jack-o-lantern bag


We love using our kids’ hand prints to make crafts, I suppose it’s so that we can always look back and see just how small their hands were…we’re sentimental like that!  Initially I had hoped you could see the hand prints more clearly, but my daughter loved the way the paint felt between her fingers and smearing it all over the bag.  At the time I was cringing and thinking, “oh no…this isn’t what it’s supposed to look like!”…but who am I to spoil her fun so I held my tongue. Once I saw the finished product I realized that my daughter had it right all along and her version is far better than what I had planned.




Steps 1 & 2 – Making the orange background:

  • Place a sheet or two of card stock in the bag to keep the paint from seeping through to the other side of the bag.
  • Place the orange paint on a paper plate and have your child dip their hand into it.
  • Have them begin to make hand prints all over the bag.
  • Continue with making hand prints until they say they are finished.

Step 3 – The stencil:

  • We printed a Martha Stewart jack-o-lantern template onto card stock and then cut out the eyes, nose and mouth with an X-Acto knife to create a stencil.
  • We cut each face feature out and adhered them to the canvas bag with stencil adhesive.  To use the adhesive, follow the directions for the particular adhesive brand you are using.

Step 4 – Making the face:

  • Once the adhesive is dry, pour the black paint onto a paper plate.
  • Dip your stencil brush into the paint gently wipe off any excess paint from the brush and begin filling in the jack-o-lantern face stencil.
  • Carefully remove the stencil from the bag (it helps to use the X-Acto knife to lift the stencil off the bag).
  • Hint: be sure to remove the stencil before the black paint dries so that the paint doesn’t adhere the stencil to the bag.

Trick or Treat!



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