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Puppy Halloween Treat Carrier

For this girl's BFF, bookend an oatmeal canister with paper bowls, and add a papier-mâché egg for the head, and poster board for the ears, tail, legs, and collar. A chic shift and shoes complete the ensemble.

dog treat bag for Halloween

Photography: Kendra Smoot

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2020

Introduction

Dress up and accessorize for a posh lady's ensemble (Hucklebones Gilded Bow Shift Dress, $188, hucklebones.co.uk) with her very own four-legged friend.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Halloween costumes for kids and Halloween treat carriers.

materials

  • Craft knife

  • Cardboard oatmeal canister (bottom and top removed) or wide packing tube

  • 2 paper bowls (NexHex Biodegradable Brown Paper Bowls, 14 oz., $14 for 100, amazon.com)

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • Papier-mâché egg (Pysanky Papier-Mâché Easter Egg, 4", $9.50 for 2, amazon.com)

  • Brown, black, and red craft paint (Martha Stewart Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, in assorted colors, $2.50 for 2 oz., michaels.com)

  • Poster board or card stock

  • Rubber ball or pom-pom

  • Marker

steps

  1. Using knife, cut a rectangular hole (for candy) in side of oatmeal canister, about 1 inch from one end, big enough for small hands to reach in.

  2. Trim rims off paper bowls. Hot-glue a trimmed bowl to each end of canister. With canister on its side and candy hole at top, hot-glue papier-mâché egg lengthwise next to hole at one end of canister to form head, so tapered end of egg sticks out past end of canister; let dry completely. Paint assembled pieces brown; let dry completely.

  3. Download and print dog template. Cut out legs, ears, tail, collar, and tag; trace onto poster board. Cut out pieces, paint accordingly, and let dry. Glue legs to sides of oatmeal canister; ears to either side of wide end of egg; tail to opposite end of oatmeal canister, so it curves up; and tag to collar, then secure around "neck."

  4. Cut rubber ball or pom-pom in half; paint black if necessary, and glue to tapered end of egg; let dry completely. Use marker to draw eyes and mouth on "head."

  5. Make handle: Cut out a 12-by-2 1/2-inch strip of poster board. Fold in half and paint both sides; let dry completely. Glue either end to dog interior through candy hole. Let dry completely.

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