Personalized Halloween Treat Bags

If you haven’t had a good reason yet to revamp your kids’ trick-or-treat bags, check this project out! Roeshel of DIY Show Off shows us how to create these fun, personalized bags for trick-or-treating! Keep them around for the whole month as a school tote or sleep over bag!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags


DIY personalized trick or treat bags

• Canvas/Linen Tote Bags

• Fabric Paints

• FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)

• Stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles. Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side). Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting. Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design.  Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape. It helps to move the paint brush from on the tape moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline.  Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – Vinyl Stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours.

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron.

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Personalized and so fun! Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.



Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

It’s summer time which means its gardening time! Roeshel of DIYShowOff shows you how to create an awesome flower pot disply for your garden or as a welcoming addition to your walkway!

We’ve always been so busy with (in)side the house projects, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer after I created this awesome way to display my flowers! I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.

Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial


• Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
• DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
• Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters).
• Krylon Clear Coat
• Rebar (mine is 42″)
• Potting soil and flowers
• Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)

Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial: I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:

• Blue Jay Blue
• 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
• Robin’s Egg Blue
• 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
• Blue Bahama

deco art patio paint|

For each pot, I started with one of the base colors listed above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. To help the painting/drying process, I elevated my pots (see below).

painting terra cotta flower pots

Then added white to my chosen base color and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot, added more white and repeated.

ombre flower pot tutorial

When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot over then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside.  I did the above steps for each paint color, for each flower pot. I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots too!

painting flower pots

I flipped them over, painted the bottoms, and let them dry overnight.

painting terracotta flower pots

Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers.

Or you can grow weeds.

After I made sure the sizing was correct for each pot, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.

Happy Crafters

Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.

creating a vinyl stencil

Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…

vinyl stencil

and applied the stencils to my flower pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually to be sure they were smooth against the pot. Rub with a credit card, or a squeegee then peel away transfer paper.

applying vinyl stencil to terra cotta

Next, I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.

stenciled terra cotta pots

As soon as I was done paiting, I removed the vinyl stencils and let everything dry for at least 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.

painting and stenciling terra cotta pots

I then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat.

sealing painted terra cotta pots

Once they dried, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for an extra ombre effect…

purple ombre flowers

And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.

stacking terra cotta pots

Don’t forget to water!

stacked ombre flower pots

Then topped off the rebar with my finial…


stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

This post is sponsored. Vinyl and transfer paper supped by Happy Crafters.


DIY Dining Room Wall Art

Have a room in your house that requires a more creative approach or need to add some flare to a plain jane wall? Blogger, Roeshel of shows how she took her dining room space and added a spark of interior design.
Since the dining room door slides to the right, it means I can’t hang most things like framed art, a clock or mirror in that space if I want to leave the door open. (Shown above) I can’t push that door any further than the mirror, otherwise, the door will knock it clear off of the wall.
Earlier this week I posted a DIY foamboard project that I used as a fun gallery wall background that meshes well in almost any room…
I started to think about this…foam board is lightweight AND thin, and would work great in our dining room. Perfect wall art material to fit nicely behind a sliding door. This is also how I figured out that painting foam board isn’t such a great idea. It warps and bows but, I’m still loving my project.Using FrogTape, I taped off alternating stripes. Make sure to press down the edges securely to activate the PaintBlock Technology (to keep the paint from seeping under the tape).
Then painted my stripes. (I think a Sharpie or decorative tape would be better to use.)
My FrogTape did remove the paper backing in places but now gives my finished project an aged, distressed look. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, it worked out pretty well!I created my own vinyl decals (flatware silhouettes and the letters “D I N E”) with my Silhouette Cameo. Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters.
I then used a glaze to “stain” the bright white stripes plus the areas where the paper pulled off with the FrogTape.
Here’s the distressed look once my paper pulled away:
Since my foamboard is bowed, I did try adding weight to it for a while with some heavy books. Needless to say, It didn’t help. But I hung it up anyway using command strips. Even with the warping, it’s still looks great behind the sliding door…
Now with the sliding door open..
Not bad, right? Today’s lesson: don’t paint foam board. It’s lightweight, thin feel means I’ll definitely be creating another DIY foam board project for this space. Perfect addition to my dining room.
*This post is brought to you by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. For more FrogTape projects ideas, check out the FrogTape Blog Squad.
*This is a sponsored post. Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters.