We recently invited my son’s bestie over for an art playdate. We are reviewing products from Oriental Trading Co. and I thought these decorate your own canvas snack bags would be a great back to school craft for the boys to do yet still easy enough for Little Sister (3 yrs old) to join in on the fun. This will be my son’s first year going to full day school (1st grade). Making his own personalized lunch/snack bag is a fun way to get him excited about school lunches.
How to make the DIY Snack Bags
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- snack bags
- fabric markers or fabric paint
- paper or cardboard to place inside to prevent it from leaking through to the other side
- craft trays – optional
Have each kid decide on a design for both the front and back. Big Brother is obsessed with penguins so it was no surprise when he told me he wanted to make penguins. Little Sister wanted a princess one and their friend asked for a Super Mario Brothers theme.
Draw the designs in pencil first. My son drew a penguin on one side and I drew one on the other side. For the Super Mario Brothers drawings, I did a quick Google search for clipart to look at while drawing.
Outline with a fabric marker.
Color in the designs with fabric markers – we used these Crayola fabric markers. I love that they were not messy and reminded me of regular markers. They were also easy for the kids to use.
My daughter likes to have sparkly everything so I got out our purple glitter fabric paint to decorate the crown. I was so impressed with how well she colored her snack bag. A lot of times when others are coloring around her, she will try to be fast and it ends up looking like scribbles a lot of times. She took her time with this project and colored so nice and neat.
I really like how the Super Mario-inspired one turned out!
These DIY snack bags can be used to hold things like an apple or orange. The drawstring makes it easy to close. They can also be used for other things instead of a place to store snacks. We plan to use 2 of them to create pirate loot bags for their gold coins.
What would you make instead of a snack bag or what design would your kids draw?
Originally posted 8/11/2014