Last week, I was taking out our Halloween decorations when I came across my girls’ two Jack O’Lantern trick-or-treat buckets. I took them out of the bin and stacked them one on top of each other, then I pulled out the black candy bowl from my Creepy Creatures Candy Bowl from a few years ago, and stacked it on top of the Jack O’Lanterns while I dug further in my bins for what I was looking for. And when I looked at the stack, I thought it looked so cute! So that’s how I came up with this idea for a Stacked Pumpkin Topiary Halloween Candy Bowl, for this year’s Trick-Or-Treaters to get candy while we are out trick-or-treating ourselves!
This tutorial is very easy, requiring just a few supplies…the only special thing you need is a drill and drill bit. I made it so I can take it apart to store.
Supplies (*affiliate links)
- Three Jack O’Lantern buckets (mine are 8 inches wide)
- Large plastic candy bowl (mine is 5 inches high by 12 inches wide)
- Round* or square wood piece larger than the buckets (so at least 10 inches wide but I recommend going a little bit wider for more stability)
- 1/2-inch wooden dowel* (at least 34 inches tall)
- Drill* and 1/2-inch spade drill bit
- Hand saw (if needed)
- Hot glue
- Craft paint
- Rocks from your yard
- Plastic spider rings (I used 40 and they’re about 1.5 inches long)
- Halloween Not Home Candy Bowl Sign (printable)
- Painted cheesecloth
Drill holes in the center of each Jack O’Lantern bucket with your 1/2 inch drill bit. Start out slowly and hang onto it with one hand. Once it starts to grip the plastic, you can start drill faster. It doesn’t take long to drill through it.
Repeat with the plastic bowl, and the wood piece. You may want to drill into the wood piece with some scrap wood underneath so you don’t drill into your surface. I already painted the wood piece.
Poke the dowel into the hole you just drilled in the wood piece, and thread on all of your pumpkins and the bowl on top (I ended up using the black bowl, not this purple one). This is just for practice, to see if the dowel goes through okay, and if your dowel is too long, you’ll want to shorten it. I measured 12 inches from the bottom of the bowl and marked that spot on the dowel.
After we sawed off the excess, I painted the top 12 inches (plus a little bit more) with craft paint.
Then insert the dowel, painted end at the top, back into the wood piece with some hot glue on the end to make it secure. You can also use wood glue. It’s okay if you get some glue on the top of the wood piece, as your pumpkin will be covering it!
Now you can thread your pumpkins back on! But first, fill the bottom one with rocks to make it stable (and excited Trick-or-Treaters won’t knock it over!). Also, cut off the black straps if you haven’t already.
Now to decorate! You can pretty much do whatever you want. I bought some plastic spider rings and threaded them onto some twine. EEW! Looks so creepy already!
Now all that’s left is the sign. I printed out my “not home” sign from a few years ago. It’s also spider themed so it was perfect! I punched two holes at the top, threaded some twine through them, and tied it to the top of the dowel.
Then, I draped some painted cheesecloth over the sign, poking the dowel through the top. I had also glued some spiders to the bowl (on top of the twine I added previously). I threaded the ends of the cheesecloth through some of the spiders’ legs on the bowl.
I added more spiders to the cheesecloth, plus draped more on the wall. Can’t wait to add more to our spidery porch! I’m excited to show you what my girls and I are going to work on next!
The topiary short enough so that little ones should be able to reach in (it’s 34 inches high). You can also put battery-operated lights inside the Jack O’Lanterns. Instead of a bowl, you can use a plastic cauldron (wish I had thought of that earlier, though I can still do it…will see if I can find one on clearance). And as mentioned, I can take it apart very easily for storage as I didn’t glue the pumpkins and bowl together.
Trick or Treat!
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