It is time once again to use my Cricut Explore™ to make a few projects. First up is these window Halloween treat bags. I will post another project later this week. My Cricut Explore™ was given to me as part of this competition however all projects and opinions are my own. I also have a bunch of fun Halloween projects on this post from some of my friends so be sure to check those out at the bottom of this post.
I really wanted to come up with a way to have a window in a bag for the candy to be visible. After some trial and error, I figured it out for you! Using your Cricut Explore you can actually cut right through paper bags! Start with your paper bags. I tried a variety of bags and these 50 lb Kraft versions seemed to work best. You need a fairly strong paper so it does not rip in the machine. Remember you are trying to cut TWO layers one of which will NOT be held down by the mat so this is important. Next you will need my custom images. There are four versions that you can download here:
Just click upload image in the Cricut software to get those onto your design space. Sorry it skips file 2 above however that one did not cut correctly at all!
Now you are going to need to flatten the bags previously mentioned. Just remove all of the folds as shown in the image above. The bag on the left is what you want and the one on the right is out of the package. Next line the bag up on the Cricut cutting mat and press down as shown in the image below.
Now we can get these images ready to cut. You really should not have to resize the images at all. You can double check by measuring the front of your bag and making sure the image will fit correctly. Then hit the “GO” button and you will come to the screen below. You can drag the image to any location you wish within this window. You will need to measure the bag ON THE MAT and decide where the image needs to be to get into the center of your bag. Move accordingly using the mat markings on the screen as your guide. Be sure you are not getting into the bottom of your bag where there are more than two layers of material.
Click go on the screen above and you will be brought to the cut section. I set my dial on cardstock to cut the bags and made a custom change in the software. After you load your mat, you can choose the material settings screen. I found that changing the cut pressure helped my images to cut smoother in this case. I ended up using 320 points for these bags.
Now when you insert your mat AND when you hit the cut button on your machine, you will want to help guide the mat and bag into the machine. REMEMBER that top layer IS NOT held down by the mat. I would just hold it down with my fingers at the very beginning while the machine fed it in and got started. After that, it was fine to run by itself.
Now you have these awesome bags with holes in them. What now? Grab some large plastic treat bags in the party section at any store and insert them in the kraft bags. Fill with candy and cut off the excess bag at the top.
Just be careful not to overfill the bags as the treats will start escaping out the front and back of the bags.
Tthese will be a fun addition to a Halloween party or send them to school with Halloween treats for the class. The images are a fun take on Halloween without being too scary.
Be sure to pick up a Cricut Explore™ to make these bags and even more. I will have another amazing project for you later this week so stay tuned y’all. For now, get the supplies to make your own window Halloween treat bags.
I promised you some more Halloween fun as well! Click around below to see twelve Halloween projects from some of my blog friends. Amazing creations to make your Halloween frightful and fun!