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Everyone loves Halloween, right? It has been my absolute favorite holiday for as long as I can remember – I usually start getting excited about it in early September, and by the time October first rolls around I am in full on creepy crafty mode. Not only do I go all out and make my own costumes, but I LOVE making decorations and gifts as well and one of my favorite things to work with when making Halloween gifts is candy. After all, that’s what it is all about isn’t it? Sure, there are the theatrics, the costumes and haunted houses, but without candy Halloween just wouldn’t be the same! I was feeling particularly crafty this week so I grabbed a few supplies and created these two adorably spooky (& edible) crafts. These are great for parties and as gifts, and they are so easy the whole family can get in on the fun!
My first project was this adorable pumpkin patch bucket. Isn’t it cute? I wanted to come up with something original to use as a table centerpiece for Halloween parties and I thought this would be perfect. It serves two purposes – it looks great on a table, and as the party goes on guests can grab a hand full here and there! Fun, right? For this easy craft you will need A LOT of Skittles and some (optional) Starburst candies. I used the big Skittles & Starburst 30 pack from Sams Club and found that I had just enough for both crafts.
In addition to the candy you will need:
- Small black bucket (mine started out blue but I painted it with chalkboard paint)
- Sheet of sparkly black paper
- Cling wrap
- Small amount of string or yarn
- Small piece of green felt
- One cookie baking stick
The first thing you will want to do is sort out your orange and green Skittles. You can leave the rest mixed, but set those two colors aside. After that, fill the bottom of your bucket with all the Skittles except the ones you set aside. You can also fill the bottom with Starburst candies if you would like.
Next take your cling wrap and cut out a 6×6 inch square. Add a hand full of orange Skittles to the center and bring up the corners. Tie it tightly with a piece of yarn and then cut off the top portion that sticks up. Add on a small green felt leaf with tiny amount of glue. Now you have a cute candy pumpkin!
After that top off your bucket with green Skittles and add your pumpkin.
You can leave it like this if you want, but I went one step further and added a cute bat to up the creepy factor. For that I found a bat shape I liked online (make sure whatever you use is Creative Commons) then traced it onto my sparkle paper and cut it out. Next I glued it to a cookie stick and I was finished.
Cute, right? All I had to do after that was stick it in my bucket and ta-da! (As a side note, this little bat would look adorable sticking out of cupcakes or cakes.) This pumpkin patch bucket is perfect for gifting – it’s small enough for little hands to carry and looks great set out on a desk or table!
After I finished my bucket I wanted to do something with the Starburst I had left, so I made a simple Halloween wreath using some black tulle and another little bat cutout.
This one is super simple – all you need is Starburst candies, a wreath form, tulle, a needle, thread and some glue dots. Start by wrapping your wreath form in tulle and secure at the end with glue dots – you will need about 3 layers for even coverage. Next, take your needle, thread and Starburst and make a chain.
Once you get enough strung up (I used 9 pieces) tie off the ends and stick them onto your wreath with glue dots.
Now stick your bat on and you are finished!
Weren’t these super easy? There is all kinds of fun things you can make with candy, but I’m happy with these for now! You can easily personalize them to fit your needs, and they are great for kids to help make. You can find the big Skittles & Starburst 30 pack on the candy aisle at Sams Club. #SweetOrTreat #Collectivebias