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DIY Halloween Candy Bucket with FREE SVG File

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DIY a Halloween candy bucket! Simple instructions on using vinyl and your cutting machine!

DIY Halloween Candy Bucket. Turn an ordinary galvanized ice bucket into a super cute Halloween Candy container with a simple Vinyl cut out. Includes free SVG file. #Halloween #Candy #ad #TrickOrSweet #CollectiveBias
     I’m so excited to share my project with you today, because I think it turned out so cute. Of course, that could be all the sugar talking. I might have indulged in 2 or 3 (20-30) pieces between creating and posting! Me and Hershey, we are BFF’s. For-ever! Apparently they are pretty popular around here because every year the amount of trick or treaters gets bigger and bigger. Which means my container of candy needs to get bigger and bigger. I looked at some online, but a lot of them were really pricey. While I was browsing the fall decor aisle at Walmart, I noticed this ice bucket by Better Homes and Gardens. I love the versatility of it, and that it would go with just about any decor. I decided it would be really fun to add some halloween spirit to it, and wanted to share my file with you. And guess what? When Halloween is over, peel off the vinyl and leave plain, or put on a new vinyl cut out!

     Wanna see how I made it?

Galvenized Homes and Gardens Galvanized Bucket turned Halloween Candy Container

1. Grab your container, and make sure it is the size you need. These bags of Hershey Candy were perfect for what I needed.
Cricut and supplies

2. Gather all your supplies. You will need: a cutting machine & mat, Black and white vinyl (or yellow for the moon!), transfer tape, and to Download the files below.

Cricut cutting

3. Download the SVG file and place in your cutting machine software. You should be able to manipulate it, in case you want it smaller of bigger (depending on your container size). You’ll want to use a “kiss cut” so it cuts through the vinyl, but not the backing.
Weed Vinyl

4. After it’s all cut out, weed your vinyl. Be sure to leave the black dots for the cat’s eyes. Also, those letters are tiny tiny and are not for the faint of heart!

Use transfer tape on vinyl

5. Lay the transfer tape over. I did one long piece for the cat and most of the tree. I did a skinny one for the tall part of the tree, and then I did an even smaller piece for the letters. I like to work in smaller batches.

How to apply vinyl to surface

6. Apply the moon first in desired location, Next add the cat. 
   Applying vinyl layers

7. Continue to peel off the vinyl and the transfer tape.
 Tiny text transfer

8. Finally, add the Trick or Treat area. Again, this will be the most frustrating because it is the most delicate part of the design.
DIY a Halloween candy bucket

Almost done! Last step—Fill with candy!

Fill a bucket with candy

Mmmmm…Doesn’t that look good?

Decorate a bucket for Halloween

So cute right? 
Vinyl for a tin bucket

I thought it would be fun to situate the little black cat I found at the craft store in the bucket. He looks right at home.
My bucket was really good size, and will cover all my trick or treaters! I filled it with 2 large variety candy bags from Hershey. They are enough to cover your Halloween party needs, Trunk or Treat parties, or my own chocolate addiction. They are available at Walmart right now, along with the ice bucket. See how I did that? One stop shopping, thank you very much! My Walmart has several areas for Halloween candy, and the bags were easy to locate. Here are some pictures to help you out!
Walmart Hershey's display
Hershey Variety packs

A Flavor for everyone! Love the variety packs for this reason!

Walmart Halloween candy
Heaven. Umm, wait. I meant, the candy aisle.
Want to download the SVG file to make your own candy container? Download both right here:
Download file here
Download Cat and Tree Here.
Download file here
Download Moon (circle) Here.

It's really hard to name a favorite Hershey Halloween candy, but I'd probably go with Milk Duds. What's your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Happy Halloween Y'all!


  1. REEEEEESE's! For sure! What a fun idea and love that you included the file. We would need a HUGE bucket here as well! Plus, I think the candy aisle is heaven also ;) #client

  2. Great idea! I love how this bucket turned out! Thanks for sharing at A Round Tuit. Hope you have a lovely week!

  3. So cute!! I have that same bucket, and I use it for EVERYTHING!

  4. I'm a fellow vinyl enthusiast and your bucket turned out great! VINYL ALL THE THINGS! ;) Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you'll join us again next week! :)

  5. This is the cutest Halloween bucket you have decorated!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope to see you again at our next party.
    Julie xo

  6. Oh gosh, this is so cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. What a cute project!! Can you tell me which cutting machine you have? I'm putting one on my Christmas list.

  8. Hi Paula! I use a Cricut that is about 5-6 years old. I'm hoping to upgrade to the new one soon! I'm a big fan of Cricut.


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