tutorial tuesday: treat bags

I found Heather’s blog, The Coterie Blog, just by chance a few months ago and love this tutorial she posted on how to make treat bags out of lunch sacks. Just so happens that not too long after that I found a very similar version of this posted by Cathe Holden on her blog, Just Something I made. It’s a very cool trick. I’m thinking my Valentine treats are going to end up in a decorated lunch bag! Ha!

Now, if you make this you have to promise me one thing: you will deliver them to your friends and not keep them all to yourselves! (You might be tempted to because it’s so awesome).

So, here’s Heather’s Bag-O-Treats tutorial:

I’ll admit it…I take my own treats into the movies. Let’s be completely honest though- would you spend $5 for a water bottle, or $50 for a container of popcorn? These numbers might be a bit of an exaggeration, but probably not too far off. One time I asked for a cup of ice because I was pregnant and craving it, and they said they’d only give it to me if I paid full price for the $20 soda…Umm…I don’t think so! If a manager approached me about my candy-smuggling I would let him know how I felt about their ridiculous concession prices (I’d try to keep my conversation PG-13 rated).

On a happier note, yesterday before we went to see Where The Wild Things Are I put together a little treat bag for all of my cousins and spouses. You could do this as a surprise for your little kids when you take them to the movies, or even as a party favor! (I can’t wait to try this with bright, colorful bags and pretty ribbon!)

Here’s how you do it:
(note, Matt was the main mastermind behind the construction of this project! He’s so clever!)

1. Get some delicious, inexpensive candy and loot at the grocery store. I opted for M&M’s, Jr. Mints, an assortment of sour candies, and some glow-in-the-dark fangs (appropriate for a monster movie, right?)

2. Find an image that you want to print on your brown bags. Bring it up in a program that will allow you to edit and print projects. Type whatever you’d like to on the bag, then just send it through the printer. The brown bags are generally 5″ wide so set your printer accordingly. “Let the wild rumpus start!”

3. Fill the bag with your loot.

4. Fold the top of the bag down just a small amount, maybe 1/2 of an inch.

4. Get a piece of string or ribbon, about 2.5 feet, and place it under the fold.

5. Fold the bag over the string a few times…

6. Then tie it into a cute bow, and you’ve got yourself a handle!

As always, I love hearing when you try these tutorials! Let me know if you do! Enjoy!

*Movie Review:

The movie was great! Extremely well-done! I loved everything about it and definitely want to see it again! It was fun, adventurous, sad at times, a little scary…all around amazing! A definite must-see. Beautiful cinematography! I loved it!


Thanks Heather! You can see her original blog post of this tutorial on her blog right here.

All the images used in this post are courtesy of Heather and The Coterie Blog

Happy treat giving!

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