I don’t typically go all out with Halloween decor, but I thought it would be fun to make something new, so I decided to build a DIY wooden Halloween candy bin. The abstract design allows for it to be used for storage all year round, but the black makes it perfect for Halloween. Today I’ll share all the details in case you’d like to make one too! I also think it would be fun to use a bunch of different colors and use it for office storage, toy storage, etc.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid®. All opinions are my own.
- Apple Barrel® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint 16 Color Set (I used Black, but this is a great starter kit which will come in handy for all sorts of projects.)
- Paint Brush
- 1/4 boards (3, cut to 11″ long for the bottom; 4, cut to fit the sides; 2 cut to fit the front and back; approx 12.5″)
- Pocket Hole Jig and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (or you could use connecting brackets to join the boards)
- Brad nailer and 1 1/4″ brad nails (or a hammer and nails)
- Wood Glue
- Painter’s Tape
- 2 Cabinet Pulls
First, let’s talk about this paint set. I love Apple Barrel paint because it’s so family-friendly and easy to clean up, and this multi-surface formula produces the same results as the original but can be used on things like tin, terra cotta, paper mache, canvas, wood, plaster, fabric, concrete, rigid plastic, ceramics, and glass. It’s for indoor and outdoor use and is dishwasher-safe. The kit comes with 16 colors, and right now there is an amazing promotion going on:
Use coupon code PROMOABMS1 to get the 16 color set for just $19.99 – 25% off of retail! Limited availability and offer expires when the kit is sold out or by 10/31/17. Plus get FREE ground shipping when you buy 2 or more! See site for exclusions and details.
How to Make a DIY Wooden Halloween Candy Bin
First, cut your boards to your desired dimensions. I cut 3 1×4 boards to 11 inches long and joined them together using pocket hole screws to form the bottom of the candy bin. Then, I used 2 boards joined together in the same way for each side, cutting them to fit. I used 2 boards joined together for the front and the back also, cutting them to fit too. Sand everything well.
I used wood glue and my brad nailer to attach the sides and front and back. A hammer and nails would also work. I patched over the nail holes with wood putty.
Next, I measured and drilled holes on two sides of the bin for my handles. Here’s a tip: Use painter’s tape to mark how far apart you need your holes to be, then stick the tape on your surface and drill straight through where you marked your holes.
Then, I created an abstract pattern with painter’s tape around the outside of the entire bin.
I painted over the entire outside of the bin using black paint, covering all of the tape.
When the paint had dried, I peeled the tape off.
I screwed the handles on the sides, added candy, and now I’m ready for some Trick-or-Treaters!
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