Here’s what you need to do.
- Pick up small metal buckets in orange or black (as shown in the example) from a craft or dollar store, or creatively substitute another medium. Plastic cups or bowls will work nicely when you craft a handle from florists’ wire or a coat hanger – use your imagination, as long as the handle is stiff. (Punch small holds near – but not at – the rim to thread wire through.)
- Cut jack-o-lantern facial features from black construction paper and glue them, piece by piece, onto the side of orange buckets. For the black buckets, you can cut out ghost shapes or use white paint and a thin paintbrush to write “Boo!” Tip: For younger children, stick to paper add-ons. Older kids may prefer to paint on their designs.
- Now for the fun part! Use several lengths of ribbon and simply knot them along the handle of the bucket. In the example, there are orange, black, green, purple, and orange and black patterned ribbons.
It’s that easy! These homemade Halloween crafts are ready to be filled with candy or other treats!
I always fill mine with Candy and some sort of a ghost and add this Poem:Late last night, I left you a treat. The Tradition is fun, one we hope you’ll repeat. Take the ghost and hang it from your door, to let others know, you need ghosted no more. Now it’s your duty to pass on the surprise, to two more people, I must advise. Gather some treats and deliver them soon, within two nights, under the light of the moon! Include a Ghost w/ each package you give, along with this Poem for the Tradition to live.
We fill our Bucket and the poem and surprise our neighbors and friends with this every year.. They always get a kick out of this. A co-worker of mine started this a few years ago and I loved it and kept the tradition… each year we make different “Containers like , bags, buckets etc… so much fun and the kids get to do most of it. Even decorate the Poem with my scrapbooking supplies 🙂