At some point when you were a kid, you probably made some artwork by blowing paint around on paper using a straw. These Halloween loot bags feature the same technique, but with a much more sophisticated result. Brown paper lunch bags are the very simple (and cheap!) base, and India ink creates the blackest black, spooky branches.
MATERIALS + TOOLS
+ Paper lunch bags (available at dollar stores and supermarkets)
+ India ink (available for about $2 from art supply stores)
+ A straw
+ Hole punch (optional)
+ Ribbon (optional)
Before you start, lay down some newsprint or other scrap paper to protect your work surface.
Dip the end of the straw in India ink and use it to draw a line along the bottom of the paper bag. Wipe off any excess ink from the straw, then blow through it at the ink, directing the ink across the bag. (Starting with a line up the side of the bag also looks cool.)
It takes some testing and practice to get a nice branching effect, so be sure to have extra bags or scrap paper to experiment with. And pace yourself — I got some serious head rushes from blowing through the straw so much!
Set aside to dry and repeat for each bag.
Once dry, fill the bags with candy or other spooky loot as desired.
To finish off each loot bag, fold over the top, punch two holes and thread through some ribbon, tying a bow. (I used a combination of black tulle, orange satin, and gold glitter ribbon.)