DIY Potions Book Candy Bowl

Something's brewing — luckily it's something sweet. Make this spellbinding Halloween candy bowl from a stack of book boxes.

Stack of Crafted Magic Books Made Into a Halloween Candy Bowl

Magic, Spells and Potions Book Candy Bowl

This craft project uses decorative book boxes from the craft store and transforms them into a witchy candy bowl for Halloween.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Supplies

  • 3 large book boxes
  • masking tape
  • pencil
  • craft knife
  • black paint
  • silver paint
  • paintbrush
  • black craft foam
  • letter stickers
  • tacky glue
  • hot glue
  • dowels (optional)

Stack and Mark

Stack three large book boxes on top of each other, using masking tape to temporarily hold them in place. Mark where they overlap. Flip the stack over and mark where they overlap on the bottom of the books.

Cut

Use the lines you marked as a guide to draw, and then cut out a hole in the middle of the book, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the book boxes so you can glue the stack back together later. Cut out the top of the bottom book, the bottom and top of the middle book, and the bottom of the top book. When you stack them on top of each other, they should form one large container.

Paint

Paint the books black or any color of your choice. We painted two of ours black and one silver.

Embellish

Trace letter stickers and other shapes onto craft foam. Cut them out to create decorations for the book spines and the front of the top book.

Glue

Glue the embellishments onto the books with tacky glue.

Paint

When the glue is dry, paint the letters silver on the silver book.

Age

Lightly brush on black paint to give the letters an aged effect. Repeat with silver paint on the black books.

Reassemble, Glue and Fill

Use hot glue to glue the stack of books together. Touch up with more paint if needed. Fill with Halloween candy.

Add Dowels

Optionally, paint two dowels black and use them to prop the candy bowl open.

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