DIY Painted Halloween Totes

Crafts Creative Circle Holiday

It’s officially the spookiest time of the year with Halloween just around the corner and we’re looking forward to dressing up, trick or treating and seeing all the creepy and crawly decorations. We decided to make a DIY painted tote bag that can be used throughout the month as well as a treat bag to accessorize your little one’s Halloween costume. 

This DIY painted tote bag is perfect as a last minute Halloween activity that is fun and easy to make with your little ones! The activity only requires a few materials and kids can personalize and add as little or as much spooky and frightful flair they’d like. One of my favorite things about crafting with little ones is seeing how they each really customize their own projects! They can use any colors, stencils, patterns, etc, as they’d like and add extras such as glitter, felt and more. 

We used Halloween themed stencils and round foam paint brushes to paint/stamp around the stencil on the canvas totes. Our little ones chose the stencils and colors they wanted and got to painting. 

I hope you love this idea and and consider making it with your kids! They will love it and you will too. We’re all about easy, low preparation and great finished product that can also be used later. If you do make this DIY Halloween painted tote bag please tag us on Instagram or send via email, we’d would love to see!

Painted Halloween Totes - What You’ll Need 

  • Canvas tote bags (we used these linked here) 
  • Halloween stencils. We used these linked here which was a set of 28. 
  • Paint - (linked here) is the set of paint we've been using for our projects. It brings an assortment of 18 colors
  • Paint brushes. We used the ones linked here which are round foam paint brushes, perfect for stamping


  1. Lay your canvas tote flat. We recommend putting a piece of cardboard inside the bag before you begin painting to avoid the paint seeping through as it may depending on how much paint your little ones uses. 
  2. Choose the stencil(s) and colors you will use to paint. We chose a combination of a few colors that are Halloween related. 
  3. Place the stencil where you’d like and using the round foam paint brushes paint the stencil. Be sure to hold the stencil on the edge so that it does not move. 
  4. Once you have finished paining as many stencils as you’d like leave the tote bag to dry. 
  5. Use your Halloween tote bag to collect candy or to carry your essentials throughout the season! 

Have fun and share with us! #LOCreativeCircle #mylittleowly 


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