For the most part, I don’t understand wanting THINGS. That statement in and of itself probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. I like my home to be uncluttered. I like what I have to store to be minimal. If I already have something like it, I don’t see the point in getting another one. Unless it’s a jar of glitter, then the more the merrier.
When I was a kid we reused things around the house for trick or treating. I had a plastic pumpkin that I had to keep in my closet year round. The years I didn’t want to use it I’d carry a pillow case or a paper grocery sack… things already around the house.
Realizing that my nephews get a new pail every single year, I thought it might be about time to make them something that can be reused over and over again. I then realized that getting a new one is probably more about lack of storage options than anything. Those big plastic pumpkins do take up a good amount of space in the top of a closet. And if you box it up and tuck somewhere in a storage shed, well, good luck finding that next year.
So it seemed the best thing to do was to make cloth trick or treat bags that can be folded and placed in just about any drawer taking up minimal space until the next Halloween.
The boys haven’t seen their new bags yet, but I have a feeling they’ll be pretty happy with them. And I think their mom will be happy to not have to buy new pails this year! Because I just know that one day we’ll be cleaning out her shed and find enough of those plastic things to do give an entire school class one.
Head on over to Mom Spark to see how to make your own. I may not be a very green gal, but I can see how much better this is than those terribly cute but difficult to store and often trashed plastic pumpkin pails!