DIY your trick-or-treats gifts this year for Halloween.
Are you looking for an easy and affordable way to upgrade your trick-or-treat candy gifts this year? Well, then you’re in the right place. Here is an overview of three easy and cheap trick-or-treat DIY gifts you can make with kids for Halloween this year. So take a look and pick your favorite trick or treat gift ideas from this list.
#1: Spooky Lollipop Ghosts as Fun Halloween DIY Gifts
The first trick-or-treat DIY candies are these spooky ghost lollypops. They are really easy to make and the result is just so much fun. This Halloween craft is also very doable for kids of all ages.
Create your own spooky lollipop ghosts for trick or treating
Are you looking for a way to turn this year’s trick-or-treat candy into actual Halloween-themed candy? Well, here is an example of how you can turn a boring old lollipop into a ghost for Halloween. I made sure to keep the cost low and to make this DIY doable for children. So let’s take a look at how you can make your own spooky lollipop ghosts for Halloween.
- a box of tissues
- a pair of scissors
- some string or ribbon
- a black marker
- (small elastic hair bands optional to make your life easier)
The first step to making your lollipop ghosts is to take two tissues. One of them will be the actual ‘ghost’ the other one will become padding for around the lollipop.
So take the second tissue and fold it in half and cut it down the middle, so that you are left with a square piece of tissue. I’ve tried to make the ghost without this piece of tissue, and the ghost just doesn’t look as good because you can see through one layer of tissue and the ghost isn’t quite as fluffy as I wanted it to be. So make sure that you use this second tissue.
After you’ve cut out this little square, you take your first tissue and place it on your table, then lay the little square in the middle of it.
Now that you’ve assembled the tissue layers, you need to put the lollipop on it. Make sure to center it in with the top of the lollipop on the center of the small square. So, simply put the lollipop upside down on the center of the tissues.
Then you take the tissues and lollipop all at once and turn them upside down. This can be a bit tricky for a child to do, but even if it’s a bit crooked, it still looks fine. So don’t worry too much about how perfectly centered everything is, because it probably won’t show. and you can even correct it a bit if you want after you’ve tied the ribbon or string around it.
Now you can begin to see your lollipop ghost taking shape.
Your next step is to tie down the tissues around the lollipop (or the ghost’s head). Simply gather the tissues around the head and tighten them right below the ‘head’ of the lollipop and then tie it down.
You can do this by tying it with a piece of string straight away. Or you can first secure it with a small elastic, that’s what I did. This is definitely easier when you have kids doing the craft with you. Because the tying of the little string can be pretty tricky while trying to keep the tissues around the lollipop.
Make sure to put a fun little bow on the string to really finish it off nicely.
The last step is to use your black marker and to paint a face on the lollipop ghost. You can choose to just put two dots on it, or you can customize it to however you want it to be.
And this is how you create your own spooky lollipop ghosts that are great to hand out at Halloween to kids who stop by to trick or treat.
#2: Easy & Scary Halloween Candy Bars
The second Halloween candy DIY is probably the easiest and the quickest to make. It’s basically printing out the images at the bottom of the page in the right size and wrapping them around a candy bar of your choice.
Create your own Halloween candy bar Monsters for trick or treating
Turn this year’s trick-or-treat candy into actual Halloween candy! Here is an example of how you can turn a boring old candy bar into a scary Halloween candy bar. I made sure to keep the cost low and to make this DIY quick and easy. So let’s take a look at how you can make your own scary Halloween candy bars.
- a bunch of candy bars
- printed out Halloween figures (you can find them at the bottom of this post)
- a pair of scissors
- a glue roller (or double-sided tape)
Before you start with this crafting activity you should prep by printing out the Halloween figures at the bottom of this post. You can either print them all on white paper or you can print them in black and white on the right colored paper.
Make sure to resize the images if your candy bars have another size than the ones that I used. The width of the candy bar ‘sleeve’ should be more than the circumference to have it overlap itself at the back to be able to actually stick it to itself. So, you’re better off printing it off a bit too large than too small.
The first step to making your Halloween candy bars is to take your printed-out candy bar sleeves and then cut them out to the perfect size.
Once you have cut your figures out you will have to turn it on its back. You will have to place the candy bar in the center of the piece of paper. If a child is helping you, it might be an idea to mark the center on the back so that they know where to place the candy bar.
Now that you’ve everything ready to assemble you need to take your glue roller or double-sided tape and place it along the right or left edge of the back of the piece of paper. This will be the thing that makes the Halloween figure stay around the candy bar.
Then you take the candy bar and place it faced down in the middle of your piece of paper. It doesn’t have to be exactly in the center, but it is easier if you do. You can always twist the paper sleeve around afterward if the face of the Halloween figure doesn’t line up with the front of your candy bar.
The last step is to fold the paper around the candy bar and glue it down with the glue or with the double-sided tape. Be sure not to wrap it too tight, because then kids can’t get it off easily. But also don’t put it on too loose, because then it will just fall off.
Now you flip your candy bar around and you are done.
Now you just repeat this again and again until you have all your Halloween candy bars wrapped and ready to hand out. I like it when you have a variety of different ones in bowl because it makes it a lot more fun.
#3: Candy Filled Bats as Small Halloween Gifts
The last trick-or-treat craft on this list are these candy-filled bats. This DIY is probably the most complicated of the three with the number of steps it takes. But it is still very easy and doable for kids, especially if they’re in elementary or middle school.
Create your own Halloween candy-filled bats for trick or treating.
Want to hand out candy for trick or treating this year? But, you only have small pieces of candy? Well, here is an original and cheap way to turn a few candies into great trick-or-treat candy-filled bats for Halloween. I made sure to keep the cost low and to make this DIY quick and easy. So let’s take a look at how you can make your own Halloween trick-or-treat candy-filled bats.
- candy (yes, I forgot to put it in the picture)
- empty toilet rolls
- colored paper (in the color that you want the bat to be)
- black paper
- a glue roller (or double-sided tape)
- some googly eyes (optional)
- a pair of scissors
- a black marker
- a pencil
- a template for the bat wings (see preparation)
Before you start with this crafting activity you should prep by creating a template for the bat wings. You can make this by drawing two halves of a circle with a square piece in between like this:
The rectangular part in the middle is going to be where you stick the wings to the bat’s body.
Step 1: Cut the colored paper to size
The first step to making your trick-or-treat candy-filled bats is to take your colored paper of choice and fold it in half lengthwise. Once you have folded the paper in half, you fold it open again so that you have a clear line or fold down the middle. Then you use that line to cut the paper in half.
Now you can definitely let a child do this as it doesn’t have to be neat and perfect. Because later on, you will be trimming that paper down a bit anyway.
After you have cut your colored paper in half, you need to take an empty toilet roll and roll a piece of paper around it to cut off any excess, because the piece will be quite a bit too long.
If you can work really carefully, you should be able to have a leftover piece of paper that is also long enough to wrap around another toilet roll. But that makes the craft a bit less kid-friendly.
Step 2: Assemble the bat’s body
Now that you’ve everything ready to assemble the bat’s body, you need to take your glue roller or double-sided tape and place it on the backside of your colored paper. Try to keep the glue in the middle and down one side of it, where the seam is going to be.
Now you simply roll the toilet roll over the piece of paper and make sure that the paper is glued down well. Now you will see that the paper sticks out at the top and bottom of the toilet roll.
And here is where you are going to trim down the sloppy edges. You just take a pair of scissors and cut off all the excess. If you don’t cut it off the folding of the tube in the next step is going to be pretty tricky.
After that, you are going to create the folds. The easiest way to do this is to set the tube upright and use both of your thumbs to push the side of the tube down and inwards. I find this the easiest way to have a relatively equal fold on all sides.
Repeat this with both sides on the top and the bottom of the tube. You can fill the bat with candy already, but I like to keep that for later.
After you have given the body the right shape, you should give it its face. I used self-adhesive googly eyes and a black marker for the mouth and teeth to make this a bit easier.
Now I usually repeat all these steps a few times so that I have a couple of bodies to fill.
So, this is the point where I like to fill it with candy. You can just fold open the top of the bats and fill them with the number of candies that you want.
And then fold it closed again. Now you almost have your candy-filled bats
Step 3: Create the bat wings
Okay, so the toilet roll has been shaped and filled with candy so we’re almost there. The only thing missing from the candy-filled bats are their wings. Let me show you how to make them.
Your first step is to take the template you made in the preparation section and lay it over the black paper. Try and puzzle to see how many times you can fit it on there.
Now you can simply put it down and trace the template with a pencil. Why with a pencil? Well, because that shows up really well on black paper.
Now cut out the bat wings.
So, you now have your cut-out wings lying in front of you, but they still look a bit boring. The next step is to fold up the half circles like an accordion.
I chose to make the folds about as wide as my finger because then I didn’t have to do loads of them. And it makes it easier to keep them as similar as possible on both sides. Though, that doesn’t really matter when a child is doing this. Just let them have fun with it.
Step 4: Assemble the candy-filled bat
You’re almost done! The final thing that needs to happen is to combine the wings with the body. You once again take your glue roller or your double-sided tape. Use it to make the center of the wings (the square part) sticky.
Then you simply lay the body in the middle of the wings, turn it around and press it down really well. If your glue isn’t strong enough, you can also use a piece of invisible tape to secure it down even more or just scotch tape if you’re not that bothered about the back looking perfect.
Now you just repeat this again and again until you have all your Halloween candy-filled bats done and ready to hand out. And this is how you create your own trick-or-treat candy-filled bats that are great to hand out at Halloween.
So are you going to try any of these Halloween DIY’s this year?
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The scary Halloween candy bar sleeves to print our for DIY #2:
The first three Halloween candy bar sleeves are for when you want to print them out on white paper. I didn’t because to me, colored ink is a lot more expensive than colored paper and I always have colored paper lying around so I didn’t have to go out to get it. So these are for printing on white paper:
The next three Halloween candy bar sleeves are for when you want to print them out on colored paper. The first one is best for printing out on green paper. The second one is fine on white paper and the last one is great for orange-colored paper. I personally added googly eyes to the green one, because it was a bit boring I thought. But that’s not necessary