Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Treat Bag

My niece and nephew are obsessed with Duck Tape, so I always keep an eye open for fun new prints and colors they might like.

When I found this glow-in-the-dark tape at Home Depot, I picked up a roll for Halloween, and ended up using it for a trick-or-treat bag made entirely of Duck Tape.

To make one, you'll need:

  • 1-2 rolls Duck Tape in the color or pattern of your choice (1 roll only if you plan to use the same color for the inside and outside of the bag)

  • a box or bucket (doesn't have to be empty)

  • masking tape (not entirely necessary)

  • scissors

1. You'll start by making a lining for your bag. It helps to tape a strip of masking tape (sticky side out) to the side of your box or bucket to help hold the Duck Tape in place. (Don't use Duck Tape for this! It's too sticky.)

2. Using the color you've chosen for the lining, wrap long strips of Duck Tape (sticky side out) around the box or bucket, using the strip of masking tape to prevent the tape from slipping. Slightly overlap each layer to form a solid piece of "fabric." Work slowly so the tape doesn't stick to itself. If a piece gets stuck to itself or ends up tearing, cut that section off and replace it with a new piece of tape. Continue wrapping tape around the box or bucket until you reach the bottom. 

3. Stretch one or more pieces of tape across the bottom of your box or bucket, and wrap at least 1/2 inch over the edges. 

If needed, tear tape in half lengthwise to cover small gaps, so you don't end up with sticky spots inside your bag.

4. Make handles by tearing 2 pieces of tape about 6 and 8 inches long. With sticky sides together, lay the shorter piece on top of the longer piece leaving about an inch of adhesive exposed on each side. Once they're stuck together, tear the strip in half lengthwise to make two handles.

5. With sticky sides together, attach the handles to the top of the bag making sure no adhesive is left exposed on the handles.

6. Starting at the bottom, wrap the outside of the bag with your chosen color (I used glow-in-the-dark), overlapping pieces just like you did for the lining. Work slowly, sticking the tape to the sticky side of the lining. (It's really hard to separate the layers if the sticky sides come in contact before you want them to!) Keep going until the lining is completely covered. (FYI: I used the entire 10 ft. roll of glow-in-the-dark tape to wrap a small cereal box!) 

7. Now you can embellish your bag with shapes, letters, faces...whatever! I used paper cut-outs to determine the size and placement for the eyes and letters before cutting them out of Duck Tape. Since my bag was roughly the size of a sheet of paper, I printed "Boo!" (using a font called Lithos Pro at 200 pt bold) on a sheet of paper and used the letters as a template for my tape letters. 

8. You can definitely use tape from the roll for cutting shapes, but I had this sheet of black Duck Tape leftover from another project, and since it won't stick to anything until you peel the backing off, it's perfect for things like shapes and letters. 

9. Stick shapes and letters to your bag as desired. You should be able to re-position features if necessary, or remove them all together and decorate it differently for next year! Once you're done decorating the outside, slide your hand inside the bag to release it from the masking tape (if necessary), and slide the box or bucket out.

10. Charge your bag in the sun (if using glow-in-the-dark tape) and have fun trick-or-treating!

And of course, being made from Duck Tape, these bags are really strong. No chance of losing candy...

...or anything else you want to put in it.


  1. That is awesome. I had no idea that they even made glow in the dark tape! It's too bad that we don't live closer. Between George, and Thomas, our kids would have a wonderful time playing together!

  2. I love this idea! My son wants to be a mouse. I wonder if I could make a Swiss cheese bag that glows.

  3. Very clever to make a bag this way! If you use a bigger box, you'd have a super sturdy grocery bag or hand bag! Might need to find some cheaper duct tape though ;)