Not only are these DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Tote bags adorable in the light, but they also glow like crazy in the dark! Get the free SVG cut files to make your own!
Time and time again I get really excited about a glow-in-the-dark DIY. But almost always the reality of the glow never meets my expectations. I’m sure if you’ve ever purchased or made something glow-in-the-dark you’ve found yourself on the crappy end of disappointed in its weak glow.
And so when I had it in my mind to make a glow-in-the-dark trick or treating tote bag I was pretty much ready to be disappointed in the finished product. Now isn’t that just darn cruddy? I really must strive to be more optimistic these days!
Does Siser EasyWeed Glow really glow?
Boom! Yes, it totally does! Check out the glow of that business! That’s Siser EasyWeed Glow HTV and it’s pure magic. The only way I edited this photo was to crop it down and make it a smaller size to post here. That glow is 100% real. It’s so bright, in fact, that it’s lighting up my hand and the wall behind it. And most of it is even covered up by the label, still. Nifty, right?
And here I’m holding the bag in total darkness but you can see my hand holding it :) Sorry for the overshare of photos in the dark, but dang if I’m not SUPER PLEASED with this stuff.
Now, in all honesty, I totally forgot to measure how LONG this HTV stays all bright and wonderful, but I do know that recharging it is super fast when you place the HTV under bright lights.
I also know that these vinyl scraps in a trash can will illuminate it well enough that I will notice the glow from another dark room. Isn’t that just darn nuts?
What supplies do you need to make a glow-in-the-dark tote bag?
- Siser Easyweed Glow (Amazon |Expressions Vinyl)
- Cutting Machine, I adore my Cricut Maker (Amazon | Cricut)
- Heat Transfer Cover Sheet (Amazon | Expressions Vinyl)
- Weeding Tool (Amazon | Cricut | Expressions Vinyl)
- Free SVG File .(jump down to sign up for our newsletter to grab these for free)
- Colorful or Dark Tote Bag
Supplies for this project are pretty darn straight forward. I’m honestly not sure if there is another brand of glow-in-the-dark HTV but since I’m over the moon with the Siser Easyweed Glow I’m not going to bother looking for another. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? If you want to save some cash, though, keep an eye out for the 50% off coupon at Michael’s and get 3 feet for about $12.
Since in regular light the Glow HTV is white, you’ll need to get tote bags that are darker than the usual beige canvas. I especially think bright colors work well for a kid’s treat or treat tote but black would also be pretty cool. I got my tote bags at Michael’s in-store, a package of 3 (orange, hot pink and teal) with a 40% off coupon for $7.80 (or about $2.60 apiece).
Siser Easyweed Glow Cricut Cut Settings
This took me an absolute TON of testing to get a cut that didn’t go all of the way through the carrier sheet. I tried regular HTV settings, laser copy paper, just a darn ton but didn’t find a single one that worked well. Like, I was pretty much ready to throw in the towel and give up on this, but, luckily, I didn’t. All machines are different, but for my Cricut Maker I made a custom setting for Siser Easyweed in General.
My Siser Easyweed Cut Settings are:
- Cut Pressure: 106
- Multi-Cut: Off
- Fine-Point Blade
You also use these generic Easyweed cut settings for the glow HTV, only changing the dropdown box that reads “Default” to “Less”.
Ooh, and mirror that business, y’all. Too much good vinyl has been wasted due to forgetting to MIRROR THAT BUSINESS!
What heat settings do you use to apply Siser Easyweed Glow?
If you have a heat press or, even better in my opinion, a Cricut EasyPress, set the temperature to 305°. Place the bag under the press for approximately 15 seconds to remove any creases or wrinkles. Allow the bag to mostly cool, then position your weeded HTV onto the tote bag with the clear carrier sheet on the top. Place a Teflon protective sheet on top then apply moderate pressure to the vinyl and tote for 15 seconds. You can peel the carrier sheet away when the vinyl is either hot or cold, but I suggest hot for the simple fact that you can quickly see if you need to apply more heat to anywhere the design didn’t fully take.
Want to see this design glow in the dark?
To take these photos I positioned my camera above the tote bag with it first being in bright non-natural light. Next, I turned all of the lights completely off and snapped a photo with my camera in auto mode without the flash to get the next image. I didn’t doctor the image at all. This glow is 100% real. If you’ve ever purchased something glow-in-the-dark off of the internet before you’ll most definitely know the doctored photos I’m talking about… the ones that couldn’t possibly be real once you get the actual product in your hot little hands.
Trick or Treat Smell my Feet!
I’ve really gotten into making my own SVG files here lately and I’ve got a lot more to share coming up. When I thought up this idea I didn’t realize that it was actually inspired by designs that are already in Cricut Design Space and I most definitely saw but didn’t really remember. Do you ever have that happen?
Well, when I was going into Design Space to cut my SVG files I was AMAZED when I saw these 2 projects and something just clicked. They have both monster and witch trick or treat bag cut files and they’re pretty darn adorable. Instead of the legs being ON the bags they’re cut and added to the bottom of the bags. If you prefer these cut files, you can grab them here: WITCH or MONSTER.
And up next are my versions…
I didn’t necessarily think of the designs as masculine vs. girly but it kind of turned out that way a little bit, at least for the witch. With her pantaloons over her striped tights, she definitely is a bit girly.
The monster, however, has hairy legs (oh, don’t we all! :) sticking out of their tall socks sitting in their Converse style high tops. This design I think is pretty darn gender-neutral.
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I hope you and yours love these bags as much as I do! If you share on social media, be sure to give us a tag because I’d love to see your cuties with their cute new trick or treat bags!