I'm finally giving in and admitting to myself that it really is autumn. No more glancing longingly at my sandals and suncream. It's too late for them now. Back in the cupboard they must go. New boots have been bought, gloves sought, and a coat has become part of everyday wardrobe now. I'm still feeling a touch sad about no warm weather for the next few months but the thought of Halloween and Bonfire Night is cheering me up. They're two of my most favourite celebrations.
Today, to ease myself in to the season, I'm teaming up with PinKids®, the smaller, more child-friendly sized versions of Pink Lady® apples, to pass on a favourite Halloween-themed craft to you. My two boys are obsessed with bags, satchels, boxes ... anything that they can hide stuff in or collect stuff in. It's not a habit that I have an issue with as it tends to mean that their rooms are relatively tidy because everything is packed up and secreted away. They also love anything to do with paint and the look on my face when they head towards to my white walls waving a loaded paint brush around. The flash of fear in my eyes makes them giggle.
Anyway, paint-splash danger aside, here's our very simple guide to bespoke trick or treat tote bags featuring PinKids® apples, the perfect apple to help you celebrate Halloween.
You will need:
A plain fabric tote bag
Small children's fork or cocktail stick
The steps are very simple ...
1. Slice your apple and cut out your shape - a slice approximately 1cm thick works best. Leave your shape to dry for a few minutes on a piece of kitchen roll. We chose two different sized stars for this example. Witches hats, pumpkins, bats or ghost shapes would also work really well.
Don’t forget to peel off the pink-heart shape sticker before you slice your apple. It’s a symbol of authenticity and guarantees consistent quality - the Pink Lady® seal of approval - but you don’t want it to get in the way of your cutting and printing.
2. Place a sheet of cardboard inside your tote bag. This is to stop the fabric paint seeping through to the other side.
3. Pick your PinKids® apple shape up with your children's fork or cocktail stick, and then you have a choice. You can either brush on the fabric paint, or you can dunk your shape in it. I prefer to use a brush because it's neater but my boys prefer the dunking method because they're all about speed. It's your choice!
4. Place your PinKids® apple shape firmly on to your tote bag and press down for a couple of seconds.
5. Continue with your printing until you're happy with your design.
6. Finally, leave your trick or treat tote bag to dry for a couple of hours.
Then all that remains is to head out and collect your treats ... and eat them, of course!
This post was written in collaboration with PinKids® and Pink Lady® apples.