Kitchen Crafting :: Thrifty Halloween Candy Bucket Home Decor

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.

Paper maché clay in a hand made aluminum foil form
Paper maché clay in a hand made aluminum foil form

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.

Drying clay pieces in the dehydrator
Drying clay pieces in the dehydrator

After the pieces were dry, They are ready for to be turned into candy with paint.

Painting candy clay forms
In my happy place painting

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!

Wrapped candy finished
Finished wrapped candy

I used silver glitter hot glue to embellish the lollipop with a little sparkle.

Using glitter hot glue to add sparkle
Using glitter hot glue to add sparkle

Then, I hot glued sticks on the backs of each piece so they would stick in the basket.

Hot gluing sticks on the candy paper maché to stick in the bucket
Hot gluing sticks on the candy paper maché to stick in the bucket

Candy finished! Now it’s time to fill the basket with little goodies from the dollar store.

Dollar store bag of goodies
Yay for inexpensive stuff!

First, I cut and glued floral foam in the bottom of the pumpkin bucket.

Adding floral foam in the bottom of the bucket
Adding floral foam in the bottom of the bucket

Then, I added lights and taped them around the outer edge to get an eerie glow.

Taped LED lights to the inside of the bucket
Taped LED lights to the inside of the bucket

I covered the bottom of the bucket and lights with purple spider webs.

Faux spider webs fill the bucket and make the lights glow
Faux spider webs fill the bucket and make the lights glow

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.

Arranging all items in the candy bucket
Arranging all items in the candy bucket

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.

Finished candy bucket in my entry way
Looks so cute in my entry

Halloween is coming soon and this piece screams trick or treat!

Close picture of finished candy bucket
Close up of lights and filled candy bucket
Glowing fun

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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Published by Karen Piehl

I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, baker, decorator, risk taker, mess maker, coffee lover, quirky, creative, and a wonderfully made child of God. I wear a lot of hats in the creative world, but my love and passion is baking and decorating cookies & cakes.

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