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Stephen Brown


Halloween Decorations: How To Make Treat Buckets

Posted: 10/29/2012 12:10 pm

With Halloween almost here, it's time to start thinking about the necessities you or your little goblins will be needing on October 31st. The obvious list includes your costume and a Jack O' Lantern, but have you put any thought at all into your candy collection receptacle? Let's be honest, if you're eight years old, this holiday is all about candy management and how you're going to get home with all this candy you've gone door-to-door for. Well let me suggest making a painted folk art bucket! Why? Because it's a super crafty project that you will have a ton of fun doing and it will make any costume cuter, which equals more candy for you in the end. Now, I know you may be saying that it's not as big as you would like, but that's part of the gimmick, don't look greedy. Instead, keep a kitchen size garbage bag in the car in which to keep dumping your moderately sized treat pail in, assuring you a very sweet November 1st.

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5-inch-diameter wooden or papier-mâché craft bucket
Acrylic paints
Card stock
White glue
18-inch piece of 18-gauge floral stem wire
Floral tape

Craft knife
Rotary tool (optional)
Drill with 3/32-inch bit (optional)

Click through the slideshow to see the steps! All photos and text by Glitterville.

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  • Step one

    Use a pencil to sketch the eyes, nose, and mouth onto the craft bucket. Instead of a craft bucket, you could also use an empty oatmeal container.

  • Step two

    Use a craft knife to cut out the openings. If you're using a thin wooden craft bucket, you may have to cut them out with a rotary tool.

  • Step three

    Drill a small hole through each side of the bucket for attaching the handle. You can use a craft knife to cut a small X, if you don't have a drill.

  • Step four

    Paint the inside and outside of the bucket with a white base coat and allow to dry.

  • Step five

    Paint the inside and outside of the bucket orange and allow to dry.

  • Step 6

    Place a piece of card stock inside the bucket and trace the openings of the eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Step seven

    Remove the card stock and paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. When dry, brush with white glue and add some glitter.

  • Step eight

    Return the painted, glittered card stock to the inside of the bucket. Use the scissors or craft knife to trim any card stock that interferes with the handles or is visible above the rim of the bucket. Make sure the features line up, then glue the card stock into place.

  • Step nine

    Paint the finishing details onto the bucket and allow to dry.

  • Step 10

    Wrap the wire with floral tape.

  • Step 11

    Paint and stripe the wire and allow to dry.

  • Step 12

    Insert the painted wire handle through the holes on each side of the bucket and twist to secure.