How to Make a Fun & Spooky DIY Halloween Candy Bowl

14 Materials
50 Minutes

Make this fun DIY Halloween candy bowl in just a few easy steps! I had a few trial-and-error moments making this skeletal candy bowl but it all came together in the end.

Most of my mistakes were around what glue to use. So, I'll tell you what worked so you don't have the same struggles. Below is all the scoop on how to make your own DIY Halloween candy bowl!

DIY Halloween candy bowl

Tools and materials:

  • Plastic bowl
  • Purple Mesh
  • Glue (Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive and 2-part Gorilla Epoxy)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Goo-Gone (optional)
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Plastic skulls
  • 4-inch glass taper candle holders
  • Foam core disc
  • Plastic skeleton hands
  • Spray paint
  • Caulk (GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk)
  • Silicone
  • Plastic cup
  • Popsicle stick
  • Plastic spiders
Adding purple mesh to a plastic bowl

1. Adhere purple mesh to a plastic bowl

To make the purple mesh bowl, I used Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive to glue the 5-inch purple mesh to a hard, clear plastic bowl. I found both the bowl and mesh at Dollar Tree.

Here are a few tips on how to use the adhesive:

  • Use this adhesive in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside.
  • Wear plastic gloves; this stuff is sticky.
  • In spots where the mesh will not lay flat, cut a slit in the mesh and glue it again. This takes a little sculpting but it will look great when it dries.
  • Work with the bowl upside down to keep glue from getting in the bowl.
  • If you do get this adhesive on the inside of the bowl, no biggie, just use Goo-Gone to wipe it away. Then carefully wash the inside of the bowl with soap and water to get rid of any residue.
Adding felt to the base of the bowl

2. Add felt to the base

To give the bowl a finished look, glue a round piece of felt to the bottom.

Spray painting plastic skulls

3. Spray paint plastic skulls

Next, use spray paint (that adheres to plastic) to paint three plastic skulls, two 4-inch glass taper candle holders, and a round foam core disc to use as a base. I purchased all of these items at Dollar Tree.

Note: My foam core disc is 6.5 inches in diameter but I recommend doing a placement test to check the size. The disc should be large enough to glue the skulls to but small enough that you really don't see it when your candy bowl is finished.

I also spray-painted plastic skeleton hands (not shown) that I found at Dollar Tree and later added them as a finishing touch to the bowl.

Gluing the candle holder to the foam core

4. Assemble the candy bowl

To put it all together, I used GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk. Start by gluing a candle holder to the center of the foam core.

Gluing the plastic skulls on the base

Then apply a liberal amount of GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk to the bottom of each plastic skull and place them on the foam core base.

Also, add a dab of silicone where the skulls touch the candle stick for added support. Let everything dry completely before moving to the next step.

Note: I tried other glues like E6000 and super glue. GE Silicone 2+ Caulk worked the best to adhere the soft plastic skulls to the foam core.

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Using 2-part epoxy to assemble the candy bowl

Use a 2-part Gorilla Epoxy to glue the glass candle holders together. Glue tops to tops.

To use a 2-part epoxy, squeeze a small amount into a disposable plastic cup and mix it together with a popsicle stick (or something you can throw away). Use the same stick to apply the epoxy to the candle holders.

Halloween candy bowl with skulls and skeleton hands

5. Decorate the candy bowl

Hot glue on any decorations like skeleton hands, plastic spiders, and flowers to finish your candy bowl!

DIY candy bowl for Halloween

DIY Halloween candy bowl

Here's the finished DIY Halloween candy bowl! What do you think of this fun spooky project? Let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

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Suggested materials:
  • Three plastic skulls   (Dollar Tree)
  • Two 4-inch taper candle holder   (Dollar Tree)
  • Two plastic skeleton hands   (Dollar Tree)
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