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Halloween Tote and Treats

Day 2 of May Arts / Our Craft Lounge Blog Week

Halloween Tote and Treats


“Trick or Treat, be real sweet, give us tasty treats to eat!”



Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here and I don’t know your preference, but I’ll take the treats rather than the tricks at Halloween time! Although, I do have a few tips and tricks to show you today using May Arts Ribbon and The Craft Lounge stamps to create some cute treats for a gift!


Let’s start out with a cute, quick and easy, and really inexpensive handmade tote to carry your treats in…



You’ll need:

  • A small brown paper lunch sack
  • 12 in. May Arts Black Velvet Corduroy Ribbon (357-34-10)
  • Strong Double Sided Adhesive
  • Scrap cardstock or chipboard


To start:

  1. Trim the paper bag to four inches from the bottom. Fold down the top of the bag 1 inch.
  2. Cut 6 inches of ribbon and adhere tape on the edge of the inside of the ribbon.
  3. Adhere to the inside of the flap and repeat for the other side of the ribbon. For additional support, tape ribbon to bag on the outside of the flap.
  4. Repeat step 2-3 for the other side to complete you tote.
  5. Support the bottom of the tote with cardstock or chipboard cut to size.
  6. Decorate your tote with ink and stamps!


Next, you’ll need to fill your tote with some tasty treats.


You’ll need:

  • 18 inches May Arts Black Burlap String (SM08)
  • Lunch bag
  • Our Craft Lounge Spooky Tags Set
  • Food safe Container with Lid
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Red and Black Ink
  • Circle Punch
  • Small Hole Punch



I altered a mini salt shaker mug found at a local discount store and filled it with children’s juice. (There are some tasty green adult drinks available as well if you are looking for a more grown up version!)


  1. Wash mug, spray paint cap.
  2. Cut circle from cardstock, ink edges and stamp spider. Adhere to lid with double sided adhesive.
  3. Tie string around base of mug to form a double bow, leaving long ends of the bow to resemble spider legs.



For the tags:

  1. Stamp onto leftover lunch bag paper from your tote the tag series and sentiments from the Our Craft Lounge stamp set, trim to size.
  2. Lollipops: Adhere a blank tag to a stamped tag with glue, leaving space for the lollipop stick to slide through.
  3. Apple: Punch hole in corner of tag and tie to apple stem with burlap string.



Wouldn’t this be a sweet ensemble to give as a teacher gift or a babysitter? How about as favors for a Halloween party? Change up the stamps, colors and treats depending on your theme.


Blog post by: Karen Baker

  1. DeniseB

    Cute projects! I love Halloween!

  2. Kelly Braund

    Super cute- love it!

  3. Wendy aka Roo

    OMGosh!!! I absolutely adore this project!!! I’m soo happy that you had this blog hop with OCL, because I am your newest fan!!! You have an AWESOME Blog!!!

  4. Trinh

    Great Halloween set!

  5. Tanya P

    I love Halloween! I’m always looking for new ideas, cute, thanks so much!

  6. indy

    Great projects–love the sentiment of Eat, Drink, and be Scary! Fun!

  7. Kristie Maynard

    I’m not a huge Halloween person, but this is such a great idea and could be adapted for other holidays and occasions. thanks!

  8. SLachan

    what an adorable and fun idea – thanks for sharing!

  9. SLachan

    What an adorable and fun idea! Thanks for sharing

  10. lisa808

    I love Halloween and this darling project.

  11. ellen s

    oh these are FAB!

  12. sue w.

    fun halloween ideas.
    stamping sue

  13. Julie E

    Fun stuff! Love the bag idea and how cute are those tags!

  14. lynn

    such cuteness, karen! great tote!

  15. Alice W.

    fabulous projects, Karen! so cool and fun! thanks for the inspiration!

  16. jen shears

    LOVE all these fun ideas! What a great way to use your ribbon & cute stamps!!! 😀

  17. Lisa Petrella

    Super fun project!!! LOVE the tags and how the spiders are crawling down the treat bag!!! And that green juice is so super festive!!!

  18. Amber R.

    Very cute idea. Love the apple with the tag and bow!

  19. Gale

    Excellent! Love the spiders!

  20. Leeanne

    Super cute Karen. Love the bag!! 🙂

  21. Karen K

    Very cute stuff!

  22. Mumsie

    These are all awesome ideas. I love the paper bag.

  23. jean marmo

    Very cute ideas!~

  24. Courtney K

    these are awesome projects – i love that salt shaker turned mug!

  25. Jenny M

    Oh what fun, love this set Karen 🙂
    Jenny x

  26. Penny

    I am going to have to try this it is so cute, would be great to give to my scrap peeps.

  27. Ann R

    Oh, these are all so fun and cute! I’m SO in the upcoming holiday mood!

  28. Sue D

    Very clever and scary ensemble!

  29. Kelly

    great ideas. LOVE that tote bag!

  30. Holly Tolman

    Wow, these look great, I love finding the jars with lids and handles, these would be a lot of fun for lunch in October.

  31. Denise Coulter

    Love this idea for a teacher. Too cute!

  32. Bhavana Patel

    The best projects are usually the simplest!! Love it!!

  33. Lisa P

    Very cute ideas. I love the big bag.

  34. Melinda Wilson

    This is a very cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

  35. Candy S.

    Cute ideas! I love the handles on the bag!

  36. erin t

    Oh I love the moving spiders…. too fun! And what a great way to dress up a brown bag.

  37. Jen R

    Hey Karen, I popped on over here from your blog, and wanted to let you know that I just love everything you made!

  38. Jingle

    These are really cute!


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