halloween goodie banner

In the last two weeks I’ve switched from Christmas to Fall to Halloween!  I’m all over the place! (it’s actually to the influx of new Fall/Halloween supplies I just received – amazing how a couple of pads of patterned paper can bring on the mojo!

Last night I altered a batch of mini composition books to make some Halloween Goodie Bags for the caregivers at my mother’s nursing home. (Gotta start early if I’m going to do all the things I plan to do!)

halloween goodie bags

The papers were the new Doodlebug line – this stuff is BETTER than Halloween candy!  I don’t have my matching sprinkles/rhinestones yet so I created my focal point using some rhinestones and flat backed pearls I had in my stash along with some stickers I had left over from last year (it’s still a bit early to find good Halloween stuff in town so I’m recycling some of last year’s mojo).   I also included a coordinating pencil (regular sized pencil cut down by DH and sharpened a few times until I got the desired size) and a swirled lollipop in Halloween colours to put in ziploc bags from the dollar store:

halloween bags packaged

The scraps left from covering the books were big enough to create tags to dress up the packaging.  You could easily customize these by adding a child’s name to the tag to make it an extra-special Halloween treat (which I’ll probably do for the children on my street this Halloween – they’ll probably get a bar instead of a lollipop though and I’ll probably use glassine bags ’cause they’re so awesome…)

I did the books last night and the packaging this morning.  NOTE: I had to measure each composition book individually (front and back) before cutting the paper as they were very inconsistent in size.  If you plan on making some, please follow this tip or you’ll waste some of that adorable patterned paper.