From Basket to Candy Bowl – A Halloween Makeover!

From Basket to Candy Bowl – A Halloween Makeover!

October is almost over- how is that possible? But before it slips away, I wanted to bring to you my latest upcycled project for The Good Life Blog! If you’ll recall, I was asked to be a part of this fun group of thrifty bloggers, brought together by Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. So far for Goodwill, I’ve blogged about DIY Wall Art and Creating a Thrifty Gift, and this month I went with a Halloween theme. And this is a project that is SO SIMPLE that literally anyone can do it, I promise. It uses just three things- a basket, orange paint, and some black felt- that’s it!

I developed this project by accident- I was in my local Goodwill with a specific 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! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Plain white wicker basket at the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /

“Adopt me”, he said. “Make me into something spooky!”

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

A Basket Makeover

I gave the basket a little spot cleaning and used canned air to remove as much dust as I could. I already had orange spray paint in my stash, so I set out to give him a bright, Halloween paint job.

Buh-bye, dingy white paint…

After his orange “makeup” dried, I needed to add a simple jack-o-lantern face. Black felt and fabric glue to the rescue!

Adding a jack-o-lantern face with black felt to spray painted orange basket for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /

Time to “carve” my jack-o-lantern!

Makeover Complete!

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 indeed.

Repurposed thrift store basket upcycled into DIY jack-o-lantern pumpkin candy bowl for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

He’s so adorable!

So, now what to do with him?

A candy bowl, of course! I filled him with wrapped dark chocolate to put on my desk at work.

Repurposed thrift store basket upcycled into DIY jack-o-lantern pumpkin candy bowl for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

The perfectly spooky candy bowl!

Repurposed thrift store basket upcycled into DIY jack-o-lantern pumpkin candy bowl for Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

He won’t stay this full for long!

That’s it- easy, peasy. I promised you it would be a simple, anyone-can-do-it project, didn’t I? It’s a fun way to add a festive touch to your office or even just at home. And on Halloween night, use it to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters!

And if you’re looking for more Repurposed/Upcycled Halloween project ideas, check out my full collection here!

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  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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