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Trick-or-Treat Buckets




Send your children off to trick-or-treat with buckets as sweet as these, and no neighbor will be able to resist filling them with candy. Here's how: For a bucket that is 5 1/4 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, cut a 12 1/2-by-18-inch piece of crepe paper. For another size bucket, simply double the height and add two inches, then multiply the diameter by three to get the proportions of the paper.


  1. Step 1


    Sew a running stitch down one length of the paper, gathering it slightly and knotting it at the end. Using a glue stick, secure the sewn end of the crepe paper to the bottom of the bucket.

  2. Step 2


    Wrap paper upward around the bucket, and tuck it inside, pressing it down so it fits snugly (cut two small slits for the handle to poke through).

  3. Step 3


    Cover handle by winding a strip of crepe paper cut against the grain (this allows it to becomestretchy).

  4. Step 4


    Cut two leaf shapes out of a different color sheet of crepe paper, and glue them together with a piece of covered floral wire sandwiched between. (You can make these with other shapes, such as flowers or butterflies.) Wrap the end of the wire around a pencil to create a spiral effect; wind leaves around the handle.

Martha Stewart Living, October 1998



Reviews (7)

  • Chia1 12 Mar, 2010

    My thoughts are the same as Anna Marie with the addition of it is impractical in the Northeast. Our trick-or-treaters often battle snow and rain. Crepe paper would not hold up very well under these conditions.

  • NorbieK 22 Oct, 2008

    A perfect nest for my next gift basket.

  • Mackfever 21 Oct, 2008

    This would be a cute idea for Easter too. Great for collecting eggs.. You could decorate it to match any Easter outfit. =)

  • Anna_Marie 20 Oct, 2008

    One of the problems with "swinging" handles like these buckets have are that they are easy to tip while walking or running...and the contents easily spill out in the dark. I have always preferred a deep tote bag or draw-string sack to keep "goodies" safe while traveling house to house.

  • Nayda 20 Oct, 2008

    this is awesome and
    Thanks LunaHaze for that great idea to protect kids little hands

  • RubyEdge 10 Aug, 2008

    Just a thought, you may want to add a section of rubber hose (just large enough to fit over the iron handle) on the handles then wrap with crepe paper. This will help make the handles more squishy and not dig into your kids' hands as they trek across the neighborhood.

  • LilMizPiper 1 Jul, 2008

    Wow! These buckets are GREAT!!! I'm definitely going to try them, thanks Martha!