Candy Containers from Recyclables


Make these adorable candy containers to hold all your Halloween candy. Besides the Cat, Pumpkin or Frankenstein containers, use your imagination and make some other fun Halloween monsters or favorite characters. Easy to make and few materials required. Fun family craft.

Items needed: 

  • Recycled container
  • Colored "Duck" tape (or paint)
  • Sticky back foam
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Tacky glue
  • Corks for Frankenstin container


  1. Wash and dry containers.
  2. If using duct tape, cover your entire container and lid with strips of desired color.  If using paints, paint your container and lid and set aside to dry completely before moving to the next step.
  3. Using sticky-back foam, cut out eyes, nose and mouths, as shown.  Also cut out the "stitch ine" for frankenstein's head.  Just press in place.
  4. For the pumpkin, cut two thin green stems (reverse of each other) and then stick the tops of the stems together.  Spread bottoms of stem and attach to lid.
  5. For the cat, cut six thin whiskers and attach.  Make two triangular ears from foam and remove only the bottom 1/4" of paper from the bottom of the ears.  Stick in place on the lid.  If you have a perfectly flat lid, use the same procedure as explained for attaching the pumpkin stem.
  6. For the frankenstein, cut small V-shaped strips from foam and attach to lid to look like spiky hair.  Either paint the corks or attach a thin strip of sticky-back foam (you may need to secure with a small piece of tape at the seam).  Attach to sides of head, a little staggered, with tacky glue.  Set a glass flush with the ends of the corks to hold in place until the glue adheres.
  7. Use a black permanent marker to fill in eyes as shown.
  8. Fill with Halloween candy, cookies or other holiday yummies.

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