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Halloween Decorations

Tricks or Treats Paint Can

Turn an ordinary paint can into a Halloween decoration.

What You'll Need

Make this tricks or treats can to store Halloween goodies.
Make this tricks or treats can
to store Halloween goodies.

  • 1-gallon empty paint can
  • Black spray paint
  • Textured cardstock: tangerine, purple
  • Paper trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Black inkpad
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Striped patterned paper
  • Foam letter stamps
  • White paint
  • Foam brush
  • Black-and-white polka-dot ribbon: 1/8 inch wide, 7/8 inch wide
  • Black fabric-covered thin wire
  • Clear adhesive
  • 3 Halloween charms
  • Halloween labels
  • Paint can opener
  1. In a well-ventilated area, spray top of can lid. Let dry 30 minutes, and repeat. Let lid dry overnight.

  2. From tangerine cardstock, cut a 31/8 x 12-inch and a 31/8 x 85/8-inch strip. From purple cardstock, cut a 41/4 x 12-inch and a 41/4 x 85/8-inch strip. Ink edges of cardstock using inkpad.

  3. Wrap 12-inch tangerine strip around top of can, with equal lengths going past knobs of handles. Mark where knobs are on paper, and cut out. Glue strip to top of can. Glue 85/8-inch tangerine strip to back of can, matching seams. Glue purple strips to cover bottom of can.

    On the tangerine paper, mark where the knobs of the can's handles are.
    On the tangerine paper, mark where the knobs of the can's handles are.

  4. Tear left side of striped pattern paper to create a sloping shape, leaving bottom and left edges straight. Make another shape, tearing from right edge of paper. Glue first shape to purple cardstock, placing side edge below left handle knob and bottom edge at can bottom. Place second shape so straight edge abuts straight edge of other shape and bottom edge is at can bottom.

  5. Use foam letter stamps to spell "Trick or Treat" and "Boo" around can. Use foam brush to put white paint on letters. Dab excess paint off letters before stamping; don't worry about letters being perfect. This creates a spookier effect.

  6. Cut four 4-inch lengths from 1/8-inch ribbon. Tie 2 lengths to each side of handle. Measure and cut 27 inches of 7/8-inch ribbon. Wrap ribbon around can, covering seam between tangerine and purple papers. Tie a knot at front of can. Trim ribbon ends. Tie fabric-covered wire around ribbon knot, and curl ends. Place a dot of clear adhesive behind knot.

  7. Glue 2 charms and labels to front of can. From each of 3 papers, tear a small piece, about 2 x 2 inches each. Glue these to lid of can. Measure and cut a 53/8-inch length of 7/8-inch ribbon. Glue ribbon lengthwise across middle of lid. Glue last charm to ribbon.

  8. Cut 14-inch length of 7/8-inch ribbon. Tie can opener to handle with ribbon.

Your festive tricks or treats can is ready to fill with tempting Halloween goodies. If you're planning a big Halloween fright fest, make several cans to hold enough treats for the crowd. For more thrills, make a slinky snake to wrap around your treats can. Learn how to make this slithering Halloween decoration on the next page.

Want to scare up more fun Halloween ideas? Try these:

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  • Halloween Recipes: Learn how to make dozens of bewitching Halloween treats.
  • How Halloween Works: Traces the popular holiday’s Celtic roots to American traditions celebrated today.
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