What kind of Halloween crafts do you like? Cute? Spooky? Fun? This year I’m leaning towards pretty Halloween decorations – pretty with maybe a slightly eerie edge. To get that look for this Halloween DIY candy bowl, I covered it with black and white flowers and creepy crawly insects.
The finished Halloween DIY bowl is a little spooky, but mostly pretty and sophisticated, and I am really happy with the way this project came out. The trick to getting a really polished, glossy-looking bowl is applying the printed elements and paint to the interior of the bowl.
Want to give it a try? Here’s everything you will need.
Halloween DIY Candy Bowl Supplies:
- Clear Plastic Bowl
- Gloss Mod Podge
- My Halloween DIY Printables Printed on Copy Paper
- Darice Craft Knife
- Craft Paint
- Darice Sponge Brush
- Scissors or Electronic Cutting Machine
Step 1. Cut out Print outs.
I used an electronic cutting machine to cut out the designs, but scissors will work just as well. Cut close to the designs, but leave a little bit of a white border. There are two pages of floral elements and insects and one page with two text options – “Happy Halloween” and “Trick or Treat.”
(A quick note about printing the images – I used a laser printer, which uses toner instead of ink like an inkjet printer. Images printed with an inkjet printer are more likely to bleed when decoupaging them onto a project. To avoid this, allow inkjet printed images to dry for 24 hours before applying them.)
I started by adhering the flowers and insects around the top and bottom of the bowl. To do this, apply a thin layer of gloss decoupage to the top of the printed design AND on the bowl where the image will be placed. Smooth the paper onto the bowl with your fingers making sure there are no air bubbles or wrinkles. Finally, add another thin layer of decoupage over the top of the paper to seal it. Wipe any excess decoupage off the rest of the bowl with a damp cloth.
Continue adding the floral and insect designs around the top and bottom. There isn’t just one way to do this – just place the elements wherever they look good to you. I love crafts where you can make it your own! Trim off the excess paper from the top and bottom of the bowl using a craft knife.
Finally apply the text printable to the bowl with decoupage. I liked the way it looked layered behind some of the floral pieces.
Using craft paint and a sponge brush, paint the interior of the bowl. I went with black paint, but I think a pale orange would be really pretty too. It will take at least two coats of paint to get full coverage. After both coats of paint have dried, apply a thin coat of gloss decoupage to seal the paint.
Once the final coat of decoupage has dried, your Halloween DIY bowl is all ready to be filled with wrapped candy or any decorative items you want! (Keep in mind that the bowl is not food safe, so please don’t toss your Halloween salad in this bowl!)
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.