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Make a Magic Popping Trick or Treat Bag!


Halloween is a great time for costumes candy and fun. At this time of year .everyone remembers the treat, but what about the trick. In this tutorial we make a magic popping trick or treat bag. This makes for a great candy bag with a spooky surprise!

I also have a video tutorial on how to make this at the bottom of this page.


The completed project


Materials needed


Here's What you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Glue gun
  • Tape
  • 1 rubber band
  • Foam board scrape
  • 2 ping pong balls
  • Black Pipe Cleaners
  • Paint
  • Sealer


Cut two pieces of foam board

First, you make your spring mechanism. Start by cutting out a large piece of foam board and a small piece. Remember to make the large piece small enough to fit into the bag you plan on using.

Cut holes

Make a hole at the top of the larger piece. Also make a hole in the smaller piece about half way down the middle. This will be for your rubber band.

Tape the two pieces together

Now secure the smaller piece to the larger piece leaving yourself an inch or two from the top.

Install the Rubber band

Next, cut the rubber band in half and put it through both holes you just made. Tie a knot so that it is secure and tape up any of the loose dangling pieces of the rubber band. Remember to test to see if your mechanism works and fits right in the bag. Keep in mind the room you will need for your monster.

create the monster

Here's the point where you create your monster. For this tutorial we use a spider but you can create any monster you want. Start, by Gluing one of the ping pong balls to the front side of your foam board mechanism.


add abdomen of spider

Now put a small indentation in the back of the second ping pong ball for the body and attach to the back of the first one.


Paint the spider

Next, paint your spider black and seal it so none of the paint chips off.

Add details like the eyes

Now we move on to some of the features of our monster. First you're going to want to glue on your eyes. In this tutorial we use wiggly eyes, but red beads or even paint will work just as well.

Pipe cleaners for legs

For the legs we use pipe cleaners. In this tutorial the legs on each side are twisted together in pairs and then those pairs were twisted together for a solid set of legs that you can now glue on. Let the glue dry and you are done with your spider. You can also add other features if you want, because in the end it's up to you what you create.


Tape spider into bag

Now to glue your spider and spring mechanism to the bag. Make sure the larger piece is as close and flat as possible to the side of the bag. Remember the bag needs to be stiff in order for your monster to be secure enough. If you don't have a good enough bag you can make your own out of construction paper.

You can make your own bag

To make your bag all you need is a rectangular piece of construction paper. Here we folded the bottom similarly to how you would wrap one side of a gift. Once complete, glue the bottom and let it dry. When, you have your bag and your monster together you are finally done and ready to start tricking people!



Here is the Video Tutorial:




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