Dyeing with Rubber Bands: Dyed Halloween Treat Bags DIY

By Brittni • posted on 02/14/2024

Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Tomorrow is October 1st, which means Halloween projects are about to start getting (semi) plentiful around here. I don’t want to go overboard with the typical spider webs and dramatic blacks though (I did that last year with the styling for these color blocked Halloween printables), so the majority of the projects I’ll be sharing surrounding this holiday can be used year round, long after Halloween is over.

So now that you know what to expect around here this Halloween season, lets jump into today’s DIY: dyed Halloween (trick or) treat bags. 

You know I love a good dyeing project. You could make these treat bags any time of year, for birthdays, weddings, or any other party/event.

And the process would work just the same for larger bags (like totes, pouches, etc) if you want to skip the party stuff all together.

Bonus! You’ll only need three supplies for this project! Rubber bands, fabric dye, and the muslin bags themselves. Doesn’t get much easier.

Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

The full tutorial for these DIY Halloween treat bags can be found on Wedding Wire (you can see my step by step tutorial here).

But the gist involves wrapping rubber bands around the fabric bags, then submerging them in a dye bath (dye + water).

There are lots of different ways you can fold the fabric and wrap the rubber bands to create different patterns, etc.

Which is kind of half the fun…not knowing exactly what you’re going to get.

Once the dying is complete and everything has been washed and dried, fill the bags with wrapped candy (add a glassine bag inside if using loose candies and or cookies, etc) and you’re good to go.

Dyed Halloween Treat Bags DIY

Dyed Favor Bags with Fabric Dye and Rubber Bands

Dyed Favor Bags with Fabric Dye and Rubber Bands

Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this one a try? What DIY Halloween projects are you working on this year?

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it is lovely
i like dying
i think i could do it on my clothes haha


Kelly, you should totally try this project! Even an inexperienced DIYer can make these look good. It’s SO easy.


These look beautiful! I think this could be used for so many things especially home decor. I would try this out if I didn’t suck at DIY projects.


Thanks Kel. All about the simplicity these days, that’s for sure.


September flew by faster than I can even believe!! I love this dyeing technique, B! So simple + perfect for Halloween parties!

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Right? How is October almost here already. So crazy, Yukiko.


Can’t believe it’s already October!!
This great start to prepare Halloween party! I like how it’s so easy to make.


Thanks Candace!


Cool idea and I love the colors!


Thanks Michelle. It’s super simple, which is one of the reasons why it’s my fave way to dye right now


What a cute idea that is! I am always curious about dyeing techniques, and this one seems simple and adorably cute!


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