Upcycled Cooler Candy Buckets

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I want to have kids come trick or treating at my house this year, but with social distancing I don't want to actually open the door and hand them candy! Which is why these cute Halloween candy buckets made from thrift store coolers are a perfect way to give out treats!

I used duck tape instead of paint because I wanted to reuse these coolers after Halloween. The tape can easily be peeled off.

Plus, it saves SO MUCH TIME using tape and not painting!


  • Colored Duck Tapes
  • Scissors

Tape the Cooler

I added the duct tape in strips around the cooler. It wasn't possible to wrap one strip around the cooler completely because of the curves and handles. So I used several strips to get a cohesive look.

Cover the Logo

I covered the logo indentation with a piece of duck tape so that it would be smooth when I added the duck tape layers to cover it.

Add Features

Using black duct tape, I cut triangles to create a Jack O'Lantern face.

Fill With Treats

You can fill the coolers with treats or drinks. If you're doing treats, consider adding a bunch of plastic bags bunched up underneath to lift up the candy. That way, it looks like it's full without having to completely fill it up.

Watch the Video

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More Halloween DIY

I show how I did the mummy cooler candy bucket in my blog post (link underneath materials list below).

Want more Upcycle ideas for Halloween? Check out my tin can Halloween lanterns. (Seen in my video of last minute Halloween decorations above.)

I also made cute farmhouse pumpkins out of old food cans.

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Single Girl's DIY
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  • Ronda Ronda on Oct 20, 2020

    Wouldn't spray paint be easier?

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Oct 19, 2021

    My goodness...Have an old cooler that was left out by mistake in the elements, so guess what??I am going to make one of this for Halloween somehow as the cooler is red, but come Christmas, Voila!!! Try to make a Santa of some sort...Wish me luck..Actually was getting ready to toss the cooler...Any one have any other ideas how to use?? Thanks!

  • Mam33709571 Mam33709571 on Oct 20, 2021

    How do you remove the sticky tape residue after the holiday?


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  • Connie Connie on Nov 01, 2021

    I love this! What a great decoration and perfect to hold all those treats. Even if you were having an adult party could still use for cold drinks. Duck Tape is clever and with all the colors you can get it is perfect! But it will not be easy to remove all that sticky residue. You would need a lot of goo-b-gone! I have a couple of old coolers that I will use and keep year after year. Great Idea!

    • Single Girl's DIY Single Girl's DIY on Nov 07, 2021

      My duct tape actually came right off without any sticky residue. It might depend on the brand of tape that you use, and whether or not it is in hot sun.

  • Bre7701622 Bre7701622 on Nov 01, 2021

    You could even put tissue paper or anything else you have as a base then put the duct tape & it would be super easy to get off!