Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ghoulish Garbage Bags

This weekend I saw some cute leaf bags printed with ghosts. I thought they were a neat alternative to the pumpkin leaf bags so I seriously considered buying them. The big problem was that they only came 2 to a bag for $1 and we have a ton of trees thus a ton of leaves. I just couldn't bring myself to pay a whole dollar for two cheap plastic bags. So I decided I would DIY some bags. 

I used basic plain white trash bags without the drawstring at the top and a king sized permanent marker. The cheaper the bag the better because the more expensive  textured bags would come out looking odd.

First unfold the bag and lay it flat with the open end facing you. The picture shows the bag open slightly but only to show that it is the open side.

Next fold up at least three inches from the bottom and tuck it under the bag. This is the portion of the bag that will be tied and anything drawn here would be lost.

Next you want to draw out your design. If you are going to draw the outlines and fill them in be sure to let the lines dry otherwise you will smear them. If you smear the ink you can wipe up your mistake if you act fast using a cleaning wipe.

The next step is to fill the bag with leaves until it is full and tie it off. You can use these guys as is or you can use them as toppers. You can also stack them to make tall ghosts or goblins. The best designs are going to be black and white unless you find colored king sized markers. If you do find them colored please drop me a line to let me know where so I can buy some for myself.

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