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Candy Bags

Posted by Elisa Taub
Candy Bags

I don't know about you, but I want that Halloween candy out of the house. Now. It's not so much about the kids having too much sugar, it's about me not being able to stop eating it. So I've come up with this art project as a sneaky way to keep me from my Halloween habit.

In order to make the project, your kids must get rid of their candy so they can use the wrappers to decorate the bag. Let them eat a few pieces of candy while they are making the bag, and encourage them to toss the rest.

We have shown two versions below. For the older kids, let them cover the whole bag. It is a bit more work and will take two sessions because you must let the first side dry before moving on to the second. For the younger kids, have them cover 1 or 2 pieces of felt with the candy wrappers and then attach to one or both sides of the bag.

When it's completed, they'll have a terrific candy bag all ready for next Halloween. Their teeth and your thighs will thank you.

SUPPLIES

Canvas bag with handles
Halloween candy wrappers
Fabric glue
Mod Podge
2 paint brushes
Cardboard to fit inside bag
2 pieces of felt (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

First have your child empty all the candy wrappers. Cut open wrappers so they can lie flat.

Using a paint brush apply fabric glue to one section of the bag or felt at a time. Next, stick candy wrappers on top of glue, pressing down so they stick. Overlap wrappers in desired design, making sure to cover the entire exterior of bag or felt.

Using another paint brush, apply at least two coats of Mod Podge over the top of all the candy wrappers, allowing each coat to semi-dry in between. If you are covering the whole bag, make sure to Mod Podge over the top edge, continuing about an inch into the bag to make a complete seal so it won't peel.

Once you have finished at least two coats, allow to dry at least 24 hours before using.