How to Make Simple Mini Treat Bags
Halloween is right around the corner for many people. Here’s an easy treat holder idea that you can use to show your favorite people how much you care. Not only will you give them candy, that candy will be delivered with style!
You can completely customize how these treat bags are decorated! I changed the ribbon color on each bag so that each person will get a one-of-a-kind gift. You could change the paper pattern, the die cut decorations, or whatever you wish to make these completely personalized!
4 Bags from 1 Piece of DSP
I designed these mini treat bags so it will be really easy to make 4 bags out of a single piece of 12 x 12″ Designer Series Paper with very little waste.
First, cut the paper vertically at 4″. Trim off the top, leaving 7-1/2″. That’s the first piece!
Then, trim 1/2″ off the long edge of the remaining large piece so it is 7-1/2 by 12″. Rotate the paper so it is horizontal on your cutting tool, then cut at 4″ and 8″. There’s the next 3 pieces!
The finished bags are the perfect size for handing out flatter shaped candies such as Fun Sized M&M’s, Kit Kats, or Ghiradelli chocolates. They also fit gift cards quite nicely.
Easy Mini Treat Bag Tutorial
I’ll explain how to make the treat bag shape first, so you can decorate it however you wish. Directions for decorating your treat bags exactly like mine will follow, just scroll down!
- First, cut a piece of designer series paper at 4″ by 7-1/2″ (10 x 18.6 cm). I used Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper in this example.
- Score the designer series paper horizontally (along the long edge) at 3/4″ (1.9 cm). This will be the bottom of the bag.
- Then, score the paper vertically at 1″, 3-1/2″, 4-1/2″, and 7″ (2.5, 8.7, 11.1, and 17.3 cm).
- Additionally, score partial lines (about 3/4 of the way down) at 1/2″ and 4″ (1.2 and 10 cm).
- Cut out and discard the bottom right corner.
- Next, cut thin wedges at the score lines at the bottom of the bag to create flaps.
- Fold and crease all score lines except the partial ones.
- Shape the paper into a bag. Glue the side tab first, holding it in place until it dries.
- Fold the bottom flaps together to form the bottom of the bag.
- Fold the small flaps in first, add glue to them.
- Fold in one of the large flaps.
- Add a line of glue to the inside of the last flap, then fold it closed.
- Stand up the bag and use a pencil to apply pressure to the inside of the flaps and hold while it dries.
- Finally, crease the partial score lines to give the treat holder a brown paper bag shape.
- You’re ready to decorate your bag!
Mini Treat Bag Decoration Directions
- First, make a mini treat bag (or 4) out of Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper using the tutorial above.
- Cut a strip of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper 3/4″ (1.8 cm) wide. Trim lengths to match the height of the treat bags at 3-1/4″ (8.1 cm). Adhere these strips on the left side of the bag.
- Die cut a Tangerine Tango pumpkin outline using the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies.
- Cut a Peekaboo Peach pumpkin shape to go behind the Tangerine Tango outlined pumpkin. There isn’t a die for this shape, so you’ll have to trace one of the outlined die cuts and cut it out slightly smaller than the tracing lines.
- Adhere the pumpkin outline to the pumpkin background.
- Cut a short piece a little over 2″ (5 cm), fold it in half, and adhere it to the back of the die cut pumpkin. Dimensionals and/or glue dots will work.
- Use dimensionals to adhere the pumpkin to the treat bag.
- Cut a small piece of white tissue paper, about 3″ by 7″ (7.5 x 17.5 cm) to put inside the bag.
- Fill your mini treat bag(s) with candy or gift cards!
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Scissors, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon, Bermuda Bay and Garden Green Satin Ribbon, dimensionals, tissue paper
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