Papier-Mâché Trick-or-Treat Basket

Regular guest blogger Jen H. (co-creator of Family Sponge) shares how her son’s bringing a touch of handmade to Halloween.

Every year, I grab shopping bags or pillowcases to use for last-minute trick-or-treating bags. Well this year, my son decided to up it a notch by making his own papier-mâché trick-or-treat basket. This eco-friendly alternative to plastic buckets is fun to make, especially since kids get to be a part of the entire creation process.

Tools & Materials

  • newspaper
  • glue
  • balloon
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • string
  • scissors

This project has quite a few supplies, but I love how they are all basic things we have around the house. So the cost for the project is actually very low.

To start, my son tore newspaper into small pieces. (He loves this step!) Meanwhile, I blew up a balloon and hung it upside down off the chandelier (to make the papier-mâché process easier).

He squeezed half a bottle of glue into a bowl and thinned it out with 1/4 cup of water.

Then he dropped small squares of newspaper into the glue and gently placed the paper on the balloon. He slightly overlapped the paper. (This will give the paper a stronger bond, once the paper dries.) My son didn’t cover the top of the balloon (because that’s where the candy will go!) — but if you have very young kids, you may want to enclose most of the balloon and just leave a little hole for the candy. This will save you some spills throughout the night.

He added on about three or four layers of newspaper on the balloon, making sure each layer dried in between coats. (We used a blow dryer to speed up the process.)

Once the newspaper completely dried, my son popped the balloon. (He loved this part, too!) He then trimmed the opening so that it had a smooth, clean edge.

He painted his treat-or-treat bag orange, like a pumpkin — but of course the creative possibilities are endless. (Does your princess want a pink purse? Does your baby bee want a honey pot?)

Once the paint dried, he tied a string to both sides of the basket. And then my little pirate was ARR-ready for some trick-or-treating adventures!

What does your little one use for a trick-or-treat bag? Share in your comments!

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2 Replies to “Papier-Mâché Trick-or-Treat Basket”

  1. Oh my word….I love this! I actually love the bags I have for Halloween, but I am totally going to use this for Easter. I love your blog!

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