Halloween Candy Basket

Halloween Candy Basket

I developed this project by accident. I was in my local Goodwill with a specific project idea in mind, and headed to the shelf in Housewares where I thought I could find what I needed. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Goodwill had secretly moved things around and put their selection of baskets in that spot instead! And from that sea of beige, this little white basket all but jumped out at me! I couldn’t help but see it as a Halloween candy basket, so I snatched it up.

Basket bowl at Goodwill thrift store

The photo may not show it but he was pretty banged up. It was clean and structurally sound, but the white paint had seen better days.

And yes, this is NOT the first time that I created a Halloween project from something wicker that I found at Goodwill. Remember this fun little door hanger that I made?

Halloween door hanger from a wicker paper plate holder

Anyway, I digress. Since my now-thwarted original idea had involved creating a jack-o-lantern, I decided to go that route with my little basket instead. He had the right shape, after all…

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Super Simple DIY Jack-o-Lantern

First, I gave the wicker basket a little spot cleaning and used canned air to remove as much dust as I could.

Since I already had orange spray paint in my stash, I set out to give him a bright, pumpkin-inspired paint job.

Making a pumpkin basket with orange spray paint

After the orange paint dried, I needed to add a simple jack-o-lantern face.

I used black felt for the face shapes and fabric glue to attach them to the Halloween basket.

Making a jack o lantern face with black felt

I could have or perhaps, SHOULD HAVE, used adhesive felt since it’s one of my go-to Halloween craft supplies. But alas, I didn’t have any on hand at the time.

By mistake, I ended up making his eyes a little crooked…turned upwards. But in the end, I decided it was a cute mistake!

A very happy jack-o-lantern pumpkin and adorable Halloween candy basket.

Jack o lantern basket to be filled with wrapped candy

Now I could fill him up with wrapped candy!

Halloween Candy Basket

And just like that, I had a darling little jack-o-lantern basket that was filled with yummy chocolates!

Turning a basket bowl into a Halloween candy basket

This upcycling idea for a Halloween candy basket was about as quick and easy as it comes! It took just half a day to complete- and most of that was just allowing the spray paint to dry!

Halloween candy basket

If you enjoyed this repurposed project for Halloween decor, then you’ll love this Halloween ghost decoration and candy bowl, too!

Halloween trick or treat ideas with a candy bowl holder

And for another idea for a Halloween basket, please check out this upcycled project for a pumpkin planter and Halloween porch decor!

Upcycling a Straw Tote as a Halloween Planter

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Well, that couldn’t be easier! So cute! I love passing out candy, and it would be extra fun with a jack-o-lantern bowl. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Another wonderful thrifted project. I love it!

  3. Now that is just too cute! Great transformation! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  4. Perfect.! That’s what that little basket was supposed to be. Cute idea.

  5. mary scott says

    Really cute!!

  6. so super cute! he looks so happy that you found him and put him to use 🙂

  7. Sometimes the eyasiest things have the biggest impact. Thanks for sharing your easy tutorial with that great jack o’lantern.

  8. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Creativity Unleashed Link Party.

  9. A quick, fun, and easy redo Sarah! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. serenityyou says

    oh wow!! this is such a great idea!

  11. I love how you repurposed this basket. Darling! Stopping by from A Tray of Bliss.

  12. Your going to have fun passing out candy! That is one cute Halloween basket. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in the party!

  13. easy and cute 🙂
    You are welcome to join
    Hugs from Håkan in Sweden

  14. so cute! great redo!

  15. Cute!! Good idea

  16. This is a great idea, thanks for bringing it to Throwback Thursday # 12.

  17. What a wonderful project! I love this idea.

  18. I love quick and easy projects like this one. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  19. Cute idea Sadie! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on MM Pinterest Board! Have a great week!

  20. This is such a fantastic idea!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  21. Adorable as always Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Mimi xxx

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