Ghost Favor Bagalope

By Noreen Doll.

A ghost favor bagalope can be easily made with a white envelope and a black marker.

Ghost Favor Bagalope by Crafty Journal

They’re great fun for kids to make, and inexpensive for a Halloween party.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope


White Envelope

Black Marker

Ruler or Scoring Board

Stylus or Other Tool for Scoring


Double Sided Tape

How to Make a Ghost Favor Bagalope.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bag

Any size envelope can be used to make a bagalope.

The envelope I used was about 6 inches by 9 inches.

Fold Top Bagalope

Seal the envelope and turn it so the long edge is vertical.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

1. Cut a thin strip off the top.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

2. Score 1 inch down from the top of the bag.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

Score each side and the bottom 1 inch in.

3. Score the bottom corners diagonally, as shown above.

4. Fold the top back on the 1 inch score line.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

4. Fold the bag on the side and bottom score lines and crease sharply.

Fold the bag back the other way on the same side and bottom score lines and crease sharply.

5. Fold the bottom diagonal corners forward and backward on the score lines and crease sharply.

6. Draw a ghostly face keeping well inside all the fold lines. The face should be more toward the top of the bag.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

7. Open the bag. Reach inside to push out the sides and bottom.

8. Fold the bottom corner triangles under the bag and use double sided tape to adhere them to the bottom of the bag.Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope


9. Find the middle of the top edge, and punch a hole about 1/2 inch on either side of it.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

8. Thread a black ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow on the front of the ghost favor bagalope.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

Decorative Top Bagalope.

1. Use the decorative edge scissors to cut about 1 inch off the top edge.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

Make this bag the same as the above bag EXCEPT.. Do Not fold the top edge of the bag.

After you have finished making the bag, find the center of the top edge and punch a hole about 1/2 inch on either side of it.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope

6. Thread a piece of black ribbon through the holes and tie a bow in front.

Crafty Journal - Ghost Favor Bagalope


If your envelope is smaller than 6×9, you may want to score at only1/2 or 3/4 of an inch from each edge.

You could use a white lunch bag instead of making a bagalope from an envelope.

Let your kids draw the faces.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Love these cute bags!

  2. Very crafty clever!!! Great tutorial too!

  3. This is SOOOO cute, quick and easy. Love it! What a great idea.

  4. What a great idea and they really do look good – great fun. Hope you have a good week.

  5. What a super cute baggie! I bet kids love helping you make these…

    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  6. Super cute idea. Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers.

  7. I love how simple and cute this is!

  8. Adorable! Come share on Life Created for this week! PS Your finger puppets were chosen for this week’s feature! :)

  9. This is so clever! I’d never think to make a bag from an envelope. My boys would love making these. Don’t you love how simple, but fun ghosts can be. I love the white, and black eyes/mouth, all you need. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Cute idea! I’ll show it to my kids. We plan to make some Halloween crafts next week and this might be fun! I’m visiting from the backyard farming connection.

  11. This is such a cute idea! Come link up with us at Craft Frenzy Friday at! I’d love to see these on our link up!

  12. So cute! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  13. very cute

  14. Aww love this idea :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, would love you to share some of your favourite posts this week at the weekend blog hop if you get time? have a lovely weekend …

  15. Super cute project! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge! I hope you can party with us again this Sunday at 7:00 EST. Our theme is chalkboard projects! Hope to see you there!

  16. What a cute idea. I like all the paper crafts on your sidebar too. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Did I say chalkboard projects? I meant spray paint projects! (Chalkboard is next week and I’ve been working on mine so that’s in my head lol!) Hope you can join us…I’m sure you have a crafty spray paint project up your sleeve! :)

  18. Hi over from sewmanyways linky party. These are so cute! Look easy to make too. Great post.

    Kate :)

  19. This is such a cute idea. How fun would be to not only have your little ones make these bags, but feel them with Halloween goodies to send off to school. I bet they would be a huge hit in the classroom! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea. :)

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

  20. These are so cute! I love that they are made from envelopes, we all have envelopes. Wonderful craft, perfect for kids!
    I found you through In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  21. Awesome idea to use an envelope for a bag, No glue used wowww!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you are having a marvellous week!!!

    Cami @

  22. I made plain bagalopes, but these are so adorable with those ghost faces. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  23. EeeeK! These are adorable! I’d love for you to share them at my linky party! So cute! I’m following your site, now… I’m excited to spend some time reading more! Hope you’re having a great week!

  24. So cute and a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  25. Cute! I’m so glad I clicked the link. I live in Italy, and my first thought was, “Oh, these would be perfect for our Halloween party on Friday…but there’s no way I’m going to find white paper bags here. Blah!” Then I read through the post. Amazing! I’ve got lots of envelopes laying around. I’m excited to give it a try!

    Aloha and ciao,


  26. I’m so glad you have the materials!

  27. These favor bags are too cute! And I love how easy they are to make!

  28. The ghost bags are so cute. Thanks for sharing your tutorial at the Southern Special.

  29. Hello sweet lady! Cute idea. Pinned. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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