Repurposed Halloween decorations, creating candy from paper maché, and additions from the dollar store turned into a fun creative piece of home decor.
I finally succumbed and went to the attic to get my Halloween decorations out. While rummaging around I found things that I didn’t use anymore and got the bright idea to turn them into something new. Too old for the plastic pumpkin trick or treat bucket, my son now uses a pillow case. So instead of letting this item go to waste, I created a cute trick or treat themed basket that is adorable in my entry.
Oversized pieces of candy that would last for years would be awesome to stick in it. Hmmmm… How could I make them with what I have?
I had left over paper maché clay from another project, so I wondered if I could use it to make candy pieces. This was totally a trial to see what would happen. I used plastic wrap in kitchen bowls to serve as forms for a lollipop and wrapped candy. Using aluminum, I created a large triangle form for the candy corn.
Once I had my forms ready, I filled them with paper maché clay and put them in my dehydrator over night. In the morning, I took them out of the forms and set them back in the dehydrator for a few more hours.
After the pieces were dry, They are ready for to be turned into candy with paint.
After painting was complete and dry, I wrapped the smaller clay piece in a plastic bag and tied each end with bag ties. I had a wrapped piece of Halloween candy. Yay!
I used silver glitter hot glue to embellish the lollipop with a little sparkle.
Then, I hot glued sticks on the backs of each piece so they would stick in the basket.
Candy finished! Now it’s time to fill the basket with little goodies from the dollar store.
First, I cut and glued floral foam in the bottom of the pumpkin bucket.
Then, I added lights and taped them around the outer edge to get an eerie glow.
I covered the bottom of the bucket and lights with purple spider webs.
It was time to arrange and fill. From the dollar store, I bought a witch’s hat, little skeletons, green neon cord, large skeleton hand, a sparkly magenta floral twig, and green curly bows. I had left over spiders, rubber snakes, and a pair of plastic vampire’s teeth from the year before. Why did I save these things? The world may never know.
It was a lot of fun playing with all my pieces; moving them around until I was pleased with the arrangement. I used more hot glue to keep all the pieces in place.
Halloween is coming soon and this piece screams trick or treat!
Get thinking about what resources you have when you get out those decorations. What can you use to turn into something new?
Happy Haunting and Feed yourself,
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