30 Easy And Cheap DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bags That Make Halloween Fun And Frugal


Halloween is nearly here, which means it’s time to start thinking about costumes, trick-or-treat candy to hand out to neighborhood kids, spooky Halloween decorations and even trick-or-treat bags. That’s right – you can make your kids their very own unique Halloween bags and I’ve got just the easy to make projects for you! I’ve found a wonderful collection of 30 DIY trick-or-treat bags that you can make up in a jiffy. Even if it’s the night before Halloween and you still haven’t found the perfect bag, you can make one of these and give your kids the perfect companion to their homemade costumes.

30 Easy And Cheap DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bags That Make Halloween Fun And Frugal

30 Easy And Cheap DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bags That Make Halloween Fun And FrugalI love Halloween. I mean, we go all out with our decorating and add new things every year. What I really love about this time of year is that it’s perfect for all those DIY projects you’ve been wanting to do. From now until Christmas, there are opportunities for so many handmade projects! And, you can totally DIY your entire Halloween, whether you’re planning a costume party, hosting a haunted house or just taking the kids through the neighborhood for candy, there is always the opportunity to do it yourself. By the way, there are a number of DIY Halloween costumes that are cheap and easy to make and these DIY trick-or-treat bags will go perfectly with every one of them.

Whether your little ones want something themed or you just need a plain and simple bag for trick-or-treating, you are sure to find these bags easy to make. They’re really cheap, too and even though you can pick up paper bags for around a dollar, these are so much more special and many of them won’t cost more than a dollar anyway. Plus, they’re great projects for the kids. From bags to buckets, you’re sure to find the perfect trick-or-treat bag to DIY. And, you should check out these DIY pet Halloween costumes and get your little furry friend in on the Halloween fun.

So, you’ve got plenty of time to get these trick-or-treat bags and buckets made. Just choose your favorite and get to crafting! I can’t wait to hear all about your DIY trick-or-treat bags and just how much your little ones loved them!

1. Upcycled Bandana Trick-Or-Treat Tote

Upcycled Bandana Trick-Or-Treat Tote

Upcycled Bandana Trick-Or-Treat ToteThese upcycled bandana bags are great and they’re really cheap and easy to make. Even if you don’t have any bandanas on hand, you can pick them up at the Dollar Store or Walmart for less than a dollar each. Two would make a huge trick-or-treat bag and you can add fabric to the inside if you want it to be reversible or to create a contrast. There is a bit of sewing required, but not too much and these work up really quickly.

Tutorial/Source: 2littlehooligans

2. Easy DIY Bushel Basket Buckets

Easy DIY Bushel Basket Buckets

Easy DIY Bushel Basket BucketsThese decorated bushel buckets are great for holding tons of candy and they even make great decoration for the house for before trick-or-treating. You can get these buckets at any farmer’s market if you don’t have them on hand. Just paint and otherwise decorate them in true Halloween style and you’re all done. I love the mummy look that’s all covered in medical gauze but you could do any style that you need to match their costumes.

Tutorial/Source: hoosierhomemade

3. Easy DIY Candy Corn Bag

Easy DIY Candy Corn Bag

Easy DIY Candy Corn BagI absolutely adore these little candy corn bags. They’re really easy to sew and pretty cheap to make. You create them from felt and they look just like a piece of candy corn. They’re pretty roomy, too so they should easily hold all of their candy. You could also do these in smaller versions and use them to hand out candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters.

Tutorial/Source: purlsoho

4. Upcycled Paint Can Halloween Treat Bucket

Upcycled Paint Can Halloween Treat Bucket

Upcycled Paint Can Halloween Treat BucketTake an old paint can and clean it up – I mean really clean it up – and then decorate it to make these amazing treat buckets. You can use any number of things for decorations. Glue on some Halloween themed scrapbook paper and then add a nice ribbon or bow to the handle. These are easy to make, really cheap since you’re upcycling and hold loads of candy.

Tutorial/Source: popsugar

5. Easy Duct Tape Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Duct Tape Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Duct Tape Trick-Or-Treat BagDuct tape really is perfect for making anything, isn’t it? Imagine making your kids’ entire bags out of duct tape! You just criss-cross the duct tape to make it sturdy and since there are so many wonderful designs and patterns these days, it’s easy to customize their bags to perfectly match their costumes. You can get several bags from a roll of duct tape, too so these are pretty cheap to make as well.

Tutorial/Source: dukesandduchesses

6. DIY Duct Tape Halloween Buckets

DIY Duct Tape Halloween Buckets

DIY Duct Tape Halloween BucketsYou can also use duct tape to decorate buckets and make them Halloween worthy. Just take an empty coffee can or similar metal can and decorate with duct tape. This works well for empty paint cans as well, and they already have handles attached, or you can make a handle out of bent wire and just attach it to the sides of the can. These are really easy and are perfect for kids to make on their own with just a little supervision.

Tutorial/Source: mermag

7. Easy And Cheap DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Easy And Cheap DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Easy And Cheap DIY Halloween Treat BagsThese paper Halloween treat bags are not only easy to make, they’re super cheap. You use paper lunch bags to make these – which are super cheap at the Dollar Store or Walmart. You can buy white ones and let the kids paint them or find colorful versions and then just add your decorations. These are great for kids’ DIY projects. They can create whatever monsters or scary creatures they want.

Tutorial/Source: thecelebrationshoppe

8. DIY Glitter Sider Web Bags

DIY Glitter Sider Web Bags

DIY Glitter Sider Web BagsAn ordinary white tote drawstring bag, which you can get really cheap, can be turned into the perfect bag for trick-or-treating with just a little glitter paint. You just draw a spider web with glue and then use fine black glitter to give it color and character. You could even glue on a plastic spider to make it more ghoulish or do any other embellishment that you want to match their costumes.

Tutorial/Source: pinkpeppermintdesign

9. Frankenstein Glow In The Dark Bucket

Frankenstein Glow In The Dark Bucket

Frankenstein Glow In The Dark BucketAnything that glows in the dark has a spooky look to it on Halloween and that is especially true of this Frankenstein bucket. This will take you less than half an hour to complete and it’s a great project to let the kids help with. You’ll need a bucket or use an upcycled paint or coffee can. You make the design with glow in the dark duct tape. It’s easy, cheap and so ghoulishly fun!

Tutorial/Source: notjustahousewife

10. Simple DIY Golden Pumpkin Bucket

Simple DIY Golden Pumpkin Bucket

Simple DIY Golden Pumpkin BucketTake one of those plain pumpkin treat buckets that you can pick up at the Dollar Store for a dollar, add some gold paint and a white ribbon and you’ve got a beautiful trick-or-treat bucket that is so unique. This is really simple and so cheap to make. Just paint the bucket and then add your ribbon – you could also use black or orange if you want to give it more character.

Tutorial/Source: julieblanner

11. Easy DIY Googly Eye Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy DIY Googly Eye Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy DIY Googly Eye Trick-Or-Treat BagGoogly eyes are so spooky and they’re perfect for decorating an ordinary bag for Halloween. You just take an ordinary black tote bag and then use apple halves dipped in white acrylic paint to make the eyes. Add black felt for the googly part of the eyes and you’re all finished. Kids are going to love helping to stamp their eyes on and the entire bag only takes about half an hour to complete.

Tutorial/Source: bhg

12. DIY Minecraft Creeper Backpack Bag

DIY Minecraft Creeper Backpack Bag

DIY Minecraft Creeper Backpack BagMinecraft is certainly a popular costume choice this Halloween and you can make your little ones’ costumes even better with this DIY Minecraft creeper bag. You just need a plain drawstring backpack in a mint colored green and you can make your own template for this out of upcycled cardboard. Create the creeper face, which is really easy since everyone on Minecraft is so cut and dry square, then paint it on with black acrylic paint.

Tutorial/Source: kerryannmorgan

13. Easy Handprint Ghost Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Handprint Ghost Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Handprint Ghost Trick-Or-Treat BagThis is a great project for kids who want to make their own Halloween trick-or-treat bags. Let them create their own handprint ghosts on a regular tote or drawstring bag. Paint their little hands with white acrylic paint and let them stamp ghosts wherever they want on their bag. Top it off with a glow in the dark Boo patch, some chevron design and their name to personalize it.

Tutorial/Source: happygoluckyblog

14. Easy Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Easy Trick-Or-Treat BagThis is one of the easiest trick-or-treat bags you could make and it’s all handmade. You’ll need Halloween themed fabric or you could do a plain version with just some black or orange fabric. You can sew this together in no time, even if you don’t normally sew things a lot. These are great because they’re so roomy so they can collect all sorts of Halloween candy and have plenty of room for all of it.

Tutorial/Source: almostsupermom

15. DIY Mummy Halloween Candy Bags

DIY Mummy Halloween Candy Bags

DIY Mummy Halloween Candy BagsThese mummy bags are so adorable and so very easy to make. You just take a black tote or drawstring bag and add the mummification, which is done with first aid tape. Just wrap some tape around the bag and secure it with glue if needed. Then add your mummy eyes and you’re all finished. Kids can easily do this one on their own if they want.

Tutorial/Source: popsugar

16. Scary DIY Mummy Candy Buckets

Scary DIY Mummy Candy Buckets

Scary DIY Mummy Candy BucketsYou can use the mummy look to create great Halloween candy buckets, as well. The Dollar Store and other stores have loads of summer items on clearance right now, so now’s the time to make this one. You can pick up a sand bucket for less than a dollar. Once you have your buckets, just create your mummy look with some gauze, scotch tape and a few googly eyes.

Tutorial/Source: hungryhappenings

17. Jester Owl Halloween Treat Bag

Jester Owl Halloween Treat Bag

Jester Owl Halloween Treat BagI love this little owl that you can sew together in no time. He’s the perfect color for fall and has loads of room for all of that Halloween candy that your little ones are sure to get. I found this great little pattern on Etsy and it’s less than $5. This is an easy project to sew and you can customize it more if you want by using different fabrics and decorations. It’s also got a drawstring so there are no worries of any of that candy falling out.

Tutorial/Source: etsy.com

18. DIY Ghost Treat Box

DIY Ghost Treat Box

DIY Ghost Treat BoxYou can make this little ghost in a larger size for trick-or-treating or use it in smaller form to hand out candy to neighborhood kids. You make it from cardstock and it’s a really simple project. The little ghost is adorable and the handle makes this the perfect ghostly bag to carry from house to house. You could also do other characters if needed but isn’t that ghost the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

Tutorial/Source: thespruce

19. Upcycled Pillowcase Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Upcycled Pillowcase Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Upcycled Pillowcase Trick-Or-Treat BagOkay, we’ve all used a pillowcase for trick-or-treating at some point, right? Was that just me? Anyway, if you want to upcycle a pillowcase for your kids’ Halloween candy, this is a wonderful way to do it. Turn that pillowcase into a drawstring bag and then just the facial characteristics of your ghosts. These are really cheap and easy to make and kids are going to love creating their own ghosts.

Tutorial/Source: marthastewart

20. No Sew Pottery Barn Knockoff Halloween Candy Bags

No Sew Pottery Barn Knockoff Halloween Candy Bags

No Sew Pottery Barn Knockoff Halloween Candy BagsDon’t run out to Pottery Barn and spend a small fortune on their trick-or-treat bags. Make them at home yourself and save that money for candy! This Pottery Barn knockoff is a great little bag and it’s super easy to make. It’s made from felt and there is absolutely no sewing required. You can put this one together in less than half an hour, too!

Tutorial/Source: yellowblissroad

21. Easy DIY Pumpkin Trick-Or-Treat Tote

Easy DIY Pumpkin Trick-Or-Treat Tote

Easy DIY Pumpkin Trick-Or-Treat TotePumpkins are of course, the fruit of the season and this pumpkin tote is perfect for Halloween candy gathering. This is a sewing project but it’s not at all difficult and it makes the most gorgeous pumpkin tote for Halloween. You can even use this as décor for your home, so while you’re making, create a couple of these! This little pumpkin is adorable right down to the hat that helps to hold the candy inside.

Tutorial/Source: barefootinthekitchen

22. Simple DIY Ruffled Halloween Candy Tote

Simple DIY Ruffled Halloween Candy Tote

Simple DIY Ruffled Halloween Candy ToteI love this little ruffled DIY trick-or-treat bag. It’s so perfect for little girls and very easy to make. You can customize this in different colors to perfectly match her outfit, too. So, if she’s going as a Disney princess, just change up the fabric colors and give her a trick-or-treat bag that goes right along with her costume. You’ll need to do a little sewing, but you have to admit that this adorable bag is worth a little extra work.

Tutorial/Source: eighteen25

23. Skull Themed DIY Potato Stamped Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Skull Themed DIY Potato Stamped Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Skull Themed DIY Potato Stamped Trick-Or-Treat BagsThese trick-or-treat bags have a skull design that you make with…a potato! I love stamping with apples and potatoes, and anything else, really. This little bag is really too adorable and so very easy to make. Kids are definitely going to want to help you with this one. Just cut your potato in half and paint with acrylic paint, leaving the eyes and other facial features cut out. Then stamp an orange or black trick-or-treat bag or tote and you’ve got a wonderful Halloween design.

Tutorial/Source: marthastewart

24. Easy DIY Stenciled Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Easy DIY Stenciled Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Easy DIY Stenciled Trick-Or-Treat BagsThese stenciled bags won’t take you more than 15 minutes or so to finish and they’re perfect if you want something personalized. These are great for little ones who may misplace their bags and they’re perfect for school parties. You just stencil your kids’ names on them and then decorate with stencil Halloween decorations. An ordinary tote bag and some acrylic paint and stencils are all you need.

Tutorial/Source: pitterandglink

25. Upcycled Oatmeal Container Trick-Or-Treat Bucket

Upcycled Oatmeal Container Trick-Or-Treat Bucket

Upcycled Oatmeal Container Trick-Or-Treat BucketSave up those oatmeal containers to create these adorable little monster buckets for trick-or-treating. You just empty and wipe out your oatmeal cartons and then decorate with scrapbook paper, cardstock, paint or whatever you want. You can also decoupage these with strips of Halloween colored paper and Mod Podge. Add a ribbon or some heavy yarn for a handle and you’re all done. The lid helps to keep the candy safely inside, too.

Tutorial/Source: makezine

26. DIY Glowing Trick-Or-Treat Bag

DIY Glowing Trick-Or-Treat Bag

DIY Glowing Trick-Or-Treat BagLED lights inside a cheap Halloween bucket make the most adorable, and of course, scary, trick-or-treat buckets. Not only are these ghoulish and perfect for Halloween, they’re also a bit safer than normal bags because they light up. Kids will be able to easily see where they are going after dark. If you need more room for candy, you can place the bucket in a white or clear plastic bag and the design will shine through just fine.

Tutorial/Source: instructables

27. Easy Mini Felt Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Easy Mini Felt Trick-Or-Treat Bags

Easy Mini Felt Trick-Or-Treat BagsThese little mini bags are great for younger ones who want to carry their own trick-or-treat bags but just can’t handle a larger bag. They’re also perfect for handing out candy on Halloween. You make them with felt and some mini loot bags. You could also use this concept on a larger tote bag to make something bigger if your kids are planning to get loads of candy. These are perfect for kids to make on their own with minor supervision.

Tutorial/Source: darice

28. DIY Velcro And Glitter Totes

DIY Velcro And Glitter Totes

DIY Velcro And Glitter TotesTurn ordinary totes into adorable Halloween trick-or-treat bags with just a little Velcro and glitter. This is another project that is perfect for kids who want to create their own Halloween candy bags. You just choose the design that you want and then use Velcro to hold it on. Add some glitter and make any face or design that you want.

Tutorial/Source: brit

29. Scary Shark DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Scary Shark DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Scary Shark DIY Trick-Or-Treat BagThis little shark is so scary…not really but he is adorable and so easy to make. You’ll need to sew a bit on this one but it’s pretty easy and how cute is it that the candy goes into the shark’s mouth? This is a great bag if your kids are going as anything to do with the beach or it’s a great bag for any costume, really.

Tutorial/Source: stitchedbycrystal

30. Easy DIY Zig Zag Halloween Candy Bag

Easy DIY Zig Zag Halloween Candy Bag

Easy DIY Zig Zag Halloween Candy BagThis zig zag bag is super easy to make and you can do it in different sizes, so it’s perfect for trick-or-treating with your kids or handing out candy to others. Just make it smaller for treat bags and larger bags are great for candy collecting. You can even add a little handle to this to make it easier to carry. The zig zags can be drawn on with sharpies or put on with duct tape. Add the traditional trick-or-treat message and you’re all done.

Tutorial/Source: smittenonpaper


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